Even the prolific writer Longfellow recognized the beauty of Bayou Plaquemine. The moving poem Evangeline depicts the heroine making her way down Bayou Plaquemine in her quest to find her beloved Gabriel. While access to the Mississippi River was cut off when the lock was closed in 1961, the bayou now features an extensive boardwalk system for fishing and picnicking. The award-winning park boasts beautifully landscaped pavilions and overlooks to enjoy the view of magnificent buildings and landmarks, a pier walkway along the bayou, floating piers to dock boats, outdoor cooking areas, and a large parking area. The park is open from dawn to sunset, unless otherwise specified and is handicap accessible. Recreational boating and fishing are encouraged – please observe a no-wake zone from Bayou Plaquemine train bridge to the Plaquemine Lock Historic Site.
- Picnic Area