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Indian Bayou Area

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Other Names

Atchafalaya Basin, St. Landry Parish

Last Known StatusOpen

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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Permit RequiredNo
Dates Opencall for riding schedule
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedUnknown
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesCertain Timesnot permitted during scheduled hunt weekends
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers Four WheelersCertain Timesnot permitted during scheduled hunt weekends
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSProhibited
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesCertain Timesnot permitted during scheduled hunt weekends
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingProhibited
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresProhibited
Night RidingNo
Trail BlazingProhibitedstay on trail
Rule Enforcement
CommentTires with lug length in excess of 1" are prohibited.


AreaMotorized Trails
LandArmy Corps of Engineers




Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayHalf Day
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Nearest CityLafayette, LA
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
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.


Contact InfoU.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Atchafalaya Basin Floodway System
112 Speck Lane
Port Barre, LA 70577
(337) 585-0853
(504) 862-6156


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Indian Bayou Area Trail

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Approx Size28,500 acres (45 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail8
Climate TypeSwamp
Elevation20 to 30 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has no loose dirt.Nonetrails consists of crushed gravel
Hard PackThe trail has no hard pack terrain.None
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has no mud after it rains.None
DustThe trail has no dust on typical days.None
RocksThis trail has no rocks.None
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has no steep hills.None
Water CrossingsThe trail has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis USACE land has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis USACE land has no single track trails.None
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has little intermediate level terrain.Little
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has no expert terrain.None
CommentATV trails are strictly graveled with no loose dirt, mud, or water crossings.


Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (SW)Citgo Breaux Bridge (337) 332-2116
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (SW)
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (S)Frenchman's Wilderness Campground (337) 228-2616
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (S)Frenchman's Wilderness Campground (337) 228-2616
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (S)Frenchman's Wilderness Campground (337) 228-2616
Primitive Camping Campground1-5 Miles (S)Frenchman's Wilderness Campground (337) 228-2616
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (SW)Citgo Breaux Bridge (337) 332-2116
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