Directions

PLEASE BEWARE OF USING MAPQUEST/GOOGLE MAPS OR A GPS FOR DIRECTIONS BECAUSE THEY MAY LEAD YOU ASTRAY.

Your trip into the swamps of the Atchafalaya Basin will begin in the little community of Bayou Sorrel.  The meeting point is Dale’s Trading Post: 33115 Highway 75, Plaquemine, LA 70764.  The GPS may take you 1/2 a mile south of Dale’s Trading Post. Please see below for directions from several common starting points in Louisiana.

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From Lafayette

If you are coming from Lafayette, take I-10 East and take the exit for Hwy 1 South, go south on Hwy 1 to Plaquemine.  In Plaquemine turn right on Hwy 75 at the red light between McDonald’s and Burger King.  Follow Hwy 75 for 6.5 miles until it comes to a ‘T’  (you will see a red flashing light and a stop sign), turn left at the ‘T’ (you will still be on Hwy 75).  Follow this road for five miles and you will be in Bayou Sorrel.  The meeting point is Dale’s Trading Post, the first gas station on the left.

From Baton Rouge

If you are coming Baton Rouge, take I-10 west and stay in the right lane to take the Hwy 1 exit, go south on Hwy 1. In Plaquemine turn right on Hwy 75 at the red light between McDonald’s and Burger King.  Follow Hwy 75 for 6.5 miles until it comes to a ‘T’  (you will see a red flashing light and a stop sign), turn left at the ‘T’ (you will still be on Hwy 75).  Follow this road for five miles and you will be in Bayou Sorrel.  The meeting point is Dale’s Trading Post, the first gas station on the left.

From New Orleans

Take I-10 West.  Take exit 182 toward Donaldsonville. Turn left at LA-22 (south).  Follow Hwy 22 south (a left) and take a left again on Hwy 70. Go over Sunshine bridge and after the bridge stay in the right lane toward Donaldsonville (it will become Hwy 3089). Go through Donaldsonville and Hwy 3089 will become Hwy 1. Follow Hwy 1 to White Castle. Go through White Castle and take the first left after White Castle onto Hwy 993.  After four miles, turn right onto Hwy 404.  After six miles, Hwy 404 ends; turn right onto Hwy 75. Follow Hwy 75 for four miles and you’ll be in Bayou Sorrel.  The meeting point is Dale’s Trading Post, the second gas station on the right.

From Nottoway

Go south toward White Castle on Hwy 1 for one mile and turn right on Hwy 993.  You’ll be crossing through cane fields; this land is the natural ridge that before the construction of the levees, separated the Mississippi River from the Atchafalaya Basin.  After four miles turn right on Hwy 404.  As you go on Hwy 404 the land will get lower and the fields will be replaced by hardwood forest and then by swampland.  All this forest and swamps were part of the eastern edge of the historical Atchafalaya Basin, before the levees were built.  After six miles Hwy 404 will end and you’ll need to turn right onto Hwy 75, if you follow this road for four miles, you’ll be on Bayou Sorrel.  The meeting point is Dale’s Trading Post, the second gas station on the right.