Lac des Allemands
Anglers flock to St. Charles Parish to enjoy what is known as the “Catfish Capital of the Universe”
“Des Allemandes” (al-uh-mandz) translates in French to mean “the Germans”, it was one of the original German settlements established in 1721.
In 1978, the New York Times wrote about the lake. Locals told the writer an abundance of “little red worms” on the bottom of the lake nourish the catfish making them the best in the world.
The late Tarzan Matherne, a fisherman who lived on the lake, was quoted by the Times as saying, “Des Allemands has the best catfish they got in the world. This lake we’ve got don’t have any pollution to give the fish an oily taste. If they’d have a catfish capital of the world somewhere else, I wouldn’t care to go.”
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Explore the 10 historic estates in the River Parishes of Louisiana and discover the stories rooted in their past.
Create memories learning the folklore of our swamps and viewing gators in their natural habitat.
Andouille was created here, so get out and try the local smokehouses that each have their own version of the "best".
The region out here is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts to explore and find adventure.
Famous for catfish, Lac Des Allemands is a haven for outdoor sportsmen.
Enjoyed around the world, Perique can only be grown and processed out here.
Cajun and Creole cuisine are as necessary to our culture as the people who make it.
Tour buses, shuttles and local airports are all transportation options for the River Parishes.
Louisiana's River Parishes offers a wide range of lodging options from rustic and quaint to upscale and luxurious.