Experience Jefferson…whether you seek a quiet get away fishing, an adventurous deep water excursion, or the thrill of a highspeed airboat through the swamp! The diverse region of Jefferson allows you the ability to explore nature yet remain close enough to the action of the city. You can fish within minutes of your hotel at metropolitan parks or in the serene setting of our bayou and coastal regions of Westwego, Lafitte and Grand Isle. Cast from a charter boat off the coast of Grand Isle for a deep water excursion or participate in one of many annual fishing rodeos. With over 280 species of fish, you’re sure to ‘reel one in’! Tour the swamp and wetlands of the region via airboat or pontoon boat exploring the marsh and fragile ecosystem.
Jefferson Parish is home to two state parks and a national park. The Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve’s 23,000 acres include bayous, swamps, marshes, forests, and over 200 species of birds. The visitor center highlights how the Mississippi River built Louisiana’s wetlands, and the importance of the area and the relation between the land and its people. Guided ranger tours are available. Adventure awaits in the 580-acre Bayou Segnette State Park nestled on the banks of Bayou Segnette, the park’s extensive grounds comprise the most popular state park in Louisiana. Spend the day swimming and splashing in the wavepool, then, spend the night camping along the banks of Bayou Segnette in a floating cabin! Or, perhaps you prefer a night beneath the stars along the beach of Grand Isle State Park where the fishing is excellent and the surf is warm! Birding enthusiasts delight in the beauty of the lagoons and the Gulf shore where numerous species of birds and other wildlife are prevalent.