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Lac Des Allemands

Lac Des Allemands, or "Lake of the Germans," is a natural lake named for German settlers who came to this part of the Mississippi Delta region in the early 1700s. This area, also known as the German Coast, kept elements of its culture through the twentieth century. However, many Germans also integrated with an existing French population to create a Cajun culture.

Located mostly in Saint John the Baptist Parish, Lac Des Allemands is a natural lake fed by numerous bayous located in the Barataria Basin near New Orleans. Even though this lake is close to urban areas, the lake offers a variety of wildlife and swamp features that can be viewed from swamp boat tours. But, the lake also offers plenty of opportunities for anglers to catch a record catfish or bass.


Lac Des Allemands' maximum depth is only ten feet, but it is a fertile lake that attracts many anglers -- especially catfish lovers. Former Governor Edwin Edwards declared the town of Des Allemands the "Catfish Capital of the World" in 1975. In 1980, the state legislature resolved to title this town the "Catfish Capital of the Universe." Anglers find that 30-60 pound catfish catches are common. Des Allemands, a town located just four miles south of the lake, hosts the annual Louisiana Catfish Festival in early summer.

Other fish in this lake include healthy crappie, bass, and panfish.


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    Lac Des Allemands Louisiana Coordinates:
29.9238N -90.5776W
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Lake Type:
Natural Lake
Surface Area:
12,000 acres
Maximum Depth:
10 ft
12 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
3 ft
Major City:
New Orleans
New Orleans


Lac Des Allemands' shoreline is dotted with numerous fish camps, piers, and docks. However, most public access to Lac Des Allemends is at the town of Des Allemands. This lake calls for shallow-draft boats because of its maximum ten-foot depth.


Lac Des Allemands is very close to many urban areas, with small towns dotting the I-10 corridor to the north and with New Orleans less than an hour's drive to the east. Visitors who come to this lake have little trouble finding a variety of accommodations ranging from private campgrounds to luxurious hotels. Since the only public access to the lake is via Des Allemands, a town located four miles south of the lake, you might try to find accommodations in that area first if you are planning on boating or fishing.

Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.


Lac Des Allemands is located in parts of St. John the Baptist, Lafourche, and St. Charles Parishes in Louisiana just 56 miles from the heart of New Orleans. New Orleans is home to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport in Jefferson Parish. Other towns surrounding Lac Des Allemands include Des Allemands, Choupique, Vacherie, Garyville, Reserve, Good Hope, Boutte, Paradis, Raceland, and Thibodaux.

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