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Indian Bayou Area

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Alt Names Atchafalaya Basin, St. Landry Parish
Last Known Status Open

Located in the worlds largest freshwater swamp, this area offers eight miles of ATV trails that are open to all users and four miles of trails that are open to physically challenged riders who have been issued a mobility impaired card. All trails consist of crushed gravel and off-road mud riding or riding off the trail is strictly prohibited.

This area is primarily used by hunters during the fall, winter and spring months and ATV riding is discouraged during this time, and is not permitted during weekends when specifically scheduled hunts are set aside for youth and physically challenged hunters. ATV riders are advised to contact the Indian Bayou Ranger Station and pick up a pamphlet that shows which trails are open for riding.

Other locations that are better suited for ATV riding are Plaquemines Offroad Park, Bonnet Carre Spillway, Claiborne Multi-Use Trails, Enduro Trails, Juderman’s ATV Park and Camp Livingston.

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Nearest City Lafayette, LA
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From: Lafayette, LA
1) Take I-10 east to exit 121
2) Turn left (north) off the exit ramp onto Atchafalaya River Hwy, continue 6 miles
3) Trailhead is located behind the Ranger Station.
Area Trail
Land Army Corps of Engineers
Rating Rating    Good    
Recommended Stay Half Day
Permit Required No
Dates Open call for riding schedule
Spark Arrestor Yes A spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise Limit Yes (96 dB)
Whip Flags Not Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles Certain Times not permitted during scheduled hunt weekends
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers Four Wheelers Certain Times not permitted during scheduled hunt weekends
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXS Prohibited
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered) Prohibited
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
Certain Times not permitted during scheduled hunt weekends
Bicycles No Restriction not permitted during scheduled hunt weekends
Hiking No Restriction
Horseback No Restriction not permitted during scheduled hunt weekends
Camping / Overnight RV Parking Camping Prohibited
Campfire Restrictions Campfires Prohibited
Night Riding No
Cross Country Prohibited stay on trail
Alcohol Prohibited
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance *Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that you have medical insurance and carry motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before taking your vehicle to any of the locations depicted here.
Comment Tires with lug length in excess of 1" are prohibited.
Parking ($0.00)
Entry No ($0.00)
Riding No ($0.00)
Camping No ($0.00)
Contact Info Barton D. Rogers (Park Manager)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Atchafalaya Basin Floodway System
112 Speck Lane
Port Barre, LA 70577
(337) 585-0853
(504) 453-9633
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Indian Bayou Area Trail

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Square Miles 45
Miles Of Trail 8
Climate Type Swamp
Elevation 20 to 30 ft.
Trail Maintenance Marked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose Dirt This trail has no loose dirt.None trails consists of crushed gravel
Hard Pack The trail has no hard pack terrain.None
Sand This trail has no sandy areas.None
Mud The trail has no mud after it rains.None
Dust The trail has no dust on typical days.None
Rocks This trail has no rocks.None
Trees The trail has almost all trees.All
Steep Hills This trail has no steep hills.None
Water Crossings The trail has no water crossings.None
Small Jumps This trail has no small jumps.None
Large Jumps This trail has no large jumps.None
Berms The trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel Pits This USACE land has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single Track This USACE land has no single track trails.None
Hazards This trail has few hazards.Few (hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain Novice This trail has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain Amateur This trail has little intermediate level terrain.Little
Difficult Terrain Expert This trail has no expert terrain.None
Comment ATV trails are strictly graveled with no loose dirt, mud, or water crossings.

First Aid First Aid 5-20 Miles (SW) St. Martin Hospital (337) 332-2178 5-20
Gasoline Gasoline 5-20 Miles (SW) Citgo Breaux Bridge (337) 332-2116
Diesel Diesel 5-20 Miles (SW)
Potable Water Water 1-5 Miles (S) Frenchman's Wilderness Campground (337) 228-2616
RV Hookups RV Hookup 1-5 Miles (S) Frenchman's Wilderness Campground (337) 228-2616
RV Dump Station RV Disposal 1-5 Miles (S) Frenchman's Wilderness Campground (337) 228-2616
Primitive Camping Campground 1-5 Miles (S) Frenchman's Wilderness Campground (337) 228-2616
Convenience Store Conv Store 5-20 Miles (SW) Citgo Breaux Bridge (337) 332-2116
Swimming Swim Area Lafayette, LA
Body of Water Water Body On Site Atchafalaya River
Boating Launch Boat Ramp 1-5 Miles (N) Atchafalaya River Boat Launch (337) 407-0950

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