Where the Mississippi River flows into the Gulf of Mexico is the point where Plaquemines Parish is located. It is at the southeast tip of the Greater New Orleans region where the Mississippi River reaches its final stretch. And like the other places in southeast Louisiana, Plaquemines has traces of the French culture that has left its mark in most of the places in the state. In Plaquemines, such French culture is complemented by the influences of the large Croatian community. They are the oystermen whose origins are traced back to the Adriatic coast. Plaquemines has a long and naturally-rich coastline making it to be one of the important and known fishing destinations not just in the country but in other parts of the world.
The fishing opportunities in Plaquemines abound and this is largely due to the fertile waters resulting from the convergence of the waters from the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi River. There’s hardly a time that a fisherman or an angler will go fishing and go home without a catch. The abundance of the fish varieties that live, feed and grow in the waters and marshlands of Plaquemines can easily reel a live catch. Fishing, citrus and the oil and gas industries provide the economic stability of Plaquemines.
In terms of the people, Plaquemines provide the ideal balance of rural and urban lifestyles. Plaquemines has urban communities as well as agricultural lands with small populations. There are estuaries and saltwater marshes that created the rich Mississippi River delta. The lower part of the parish provides a rural country-like atmosphere with endless opportunities for people to enjoy the outdoor activities and recreational pursuits. Plaquemines provides direct access to the Gulf of Mexico, opening limitless opportunities for hunting, fishing, crabbing and other outdoor activities. The waters surrounding Plaquemines Parish offer some of the best recreational and commercial fishing in the world.
Plaquemines Parish Louisiana is divided by the Mississippi River from north to the south. Belle Chasse and Point a la Hache provide the jump off point for ferry transportation from the eastbank to the westbank. Plaquemines creates a corridor that surrounds the Mississippi River as it flows to the Gulf of Mexico, rendering all the developed areas along each side of the 70 miles stretch of the river as productive and fertile like no other. Access to commerce and trade is provided by the Southwest Pass at the end of the river.
The westbank is the more populated part of Plaquemines Parish. Belle Chasse is the parish’s business center and home to a Naval Air Station. It is where the ferry docks near the river end of the Belle Chasse Highway, after it crosses the Mississippi River to Scarsdale. Myrtle Grove is also in the westbank with its marina and some bars and restaurants. Woodland Plantation now functions as bed and breakfast (B&B). West Pointe a la Hache, Port Sulphur, Empire, Buras, Boothville and Venice are also on the same westbank side. On the eastbank are Scarsdale, Phoenix, and Pointe a la Hache. Plaquemines Parish is the operational center for the oil and gas industry and host of the Fair and Orange Festival.