A great day for boating and alligator hunting on the water, near the Highway 70 draw bridge in Pierre Part, Louisiana (Staff Photo)
Fans of "Swamp People" and other visitors to South Louisiana are always asking "Where is this place called Pierre Part?"
Located in a sparesly populated area along the eastern edge of the Atchafalaya Basin, it shares this beautiful land with other small nearby communities such as Bayou Sorrel and Bayou Pigeon.
It is situated on land only 3 feet above mean sea level and is surrounded by water, and was thus isolated from much of the world and was not accessible by land, until the mid-20th century.
Pierre Part is a quaint, quiet small town, nestled in the beautiful swamps and bayous of South Louisiana. The town is clean, and the homes are lovely, and the people are friendly ... a highly recommended place to visit.
Our most recent trip to Pierre Part was on a perfect blue-sky day when many of the photos on this page were taken.
A wide range of local businesses serve the area, including the Pierre Part Store, in operation since 1911, the Rainbow Inn, Duffy's Shell Station, many fresh seafood outlets & restaurants, realtors, banks, attorneys, the Bayou Journal Newspaper, and many more.
The Pierre Part Store, since 1911 (Staff Photo)
Louisiana Highway 70 runs through Pierre Part, and the town can be reached from Morgan City from the south and Paincourtville from the east, as well as Donaldsonville and White Castle. The local Zip Code for Pierre Part is 70339.
Pierre Part is just east of the Atchafalaya Floodway system levee, and just north of Lake Verret, a relatively shallow lake surrounded by beautiful cypress trees.
To the south of Pierre Part on Highway 70 is the community of Belle River. To the north lies the community of Bayou Sorrel.
The Atchafalaya River meanders from near Simmesport southward past Pierre Part down to Morgan City and the Gulf of Mexico. The Atchafalaya Basin is a unique combination of wetlands, bayous, marshes, estuaries,and river delta area.
It is often called "America's Wetland", and covers an area 20 miles wide and 150 miles long.
The "Swamp People" TV series debuted in August of 2010, and has become a runaway hit ever since.
The History Channel debuted Season 15 of Swamp People on January 4, 2024, at 8/7C, with Episode 1, entitled “Cruel Summer.”
The show follows a group of alligator hunters during the 60-day Louisiana alligator season in various areas of South Louisiana, including the huge Atchafalaya Swamp. Various segments are shot around South Louisiana, including Pierre Part, Pecan Island, Bayou Sorrel, Bayou Pigeon, Morgan City, Houma and other locales.
Several of the hunters have become celebrities, including Troy Landry and his sons Jacob and Chase of Pierre Part. "Choot 'em" has become a famous phrase voiced by Troy on Swamp People. Other popular characters include, Elizabeth Cavalier, Bruce Mitchell, and others.
Troy Landry talks about "One Eye" on a YouTube video uploaded by the History Channel
Alligator season is only 60 days. The rest of the year the fishermen in Pierre Part catch other delicacies from the local waters, including catfish, turtles, and crawfish.
In some part of the country folks might call 'em crayfish, crawdads, or mudbugs, but here in Louisiana they are simply CRAWFISH!
Nearly all of the live crawfish sold in the U.S. come from Louisiana, and begin life in the wild waters of the state, or on a farm. The harvesting of crawfish from natural habitats such as bayous, swamps and marshes provides a significant number of jobs for Louisiana residents.
Crawfish season varies from one year to the next, based on how cold (or mild) the weather was during the Louisiana winter. It also depends on the amount of rain, and the water levels in the swamps and bayous. Generally, the crawfish season in Louisiana runs from January through July for crawfish caught in the wild. Crawfish from farms is available over a longer period of the year.
Louisiana is known for its Cajun and Creole culture, and its legendary Cajun cooking and crawfish. Excellent Cajun cooking abounds in all parts of Louisiana, whether your tastes tend to seafood gumbo, Boudin, Andouille sausage, or maybe even fried alligator!
Crawfish is a key ingredient in many Louisiana dishes and meals ... some of our favorites are Crawfish Etouffee, Crawfish Bisque, Crawfish Pie, Fried Crawfish, Crawfish Jambalaya, and of course boiled crawfish.
One of the most popular things to do in Louisiana is touring the swamps! Most tours are concentrated in South Louisiana.
The area between Lafayette and Baton Rouge offers a number of swamp tours, operating from communities such as Breaux Bridge, Henderson, St. Martinvile and Plaquemine.
Swamp tour operators provide a variety of options, boats, tour length and cost. Some use flat bottom boats, others use airboats. Kayak and canoe tours are also available.
Some operators offer online reservations but others accept reservations only by phone. Some tours accept credit cards but others require cash, so make your plans accordingly.
Learn more about Swamp Tours in the Atchafalaya Basin.
Bayou scene in Pierre Part
St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church Cemetery, Pierre Part
Historical marker of Virgin Island in Pierre Part, located in front of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church
Commemorates The Blessed Virgin who the people of Pierre Part believe intervened to save lives in natural disasters from 1882 - 1976.
Assumption Parish Water District water tower in Pierre Part, Louisiana
Swamp scene in South Louisiana near Pierre Part
The landscape is lush in Pierre Part ... here is a giant, majestic oak tree!
Sign at the Pierre Part Store ... Serving You Since 1911
Sign at Sportsman's Landing of Bayou Corne near Pierre Part, Louisiana
Welcome to Pierre Part and Belle River
Sign in the swamp nestled in palmettos, just north of Pierre Part, Lousiana on La Highway 70
Bayou Sorrel, Louisiana, north of Pierre Part
Large alligator in a Louisiana swamp near Pierre Part
Live Louisiana Crawfish, ready to be purged ... let the boil begin!
Photographed and Copyright by the Author
Atchafalaya Basin Crawfish ... boiled to perfection, seasoned just right.
Ready to eat after a few minutes in the boiler!
Enjoying the ultimate Louisiana delicacy and tradition: boiled crawfish!
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We are Boudreaux, Fremin, Gautreaux, Thibodeaux, Prejean, and Bourg. My grandfather worked in the sugar cane fields along the bayou and my father in the sawmills in White Castle.
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