Throughout Louisiana, water is abundant. Rent a boat or kayak for a great way to explore the depths of a cajun swamp, charter a boat to go deep sea fishing or climb aboard for a guided tour up the river. The majority of the state parks offer bodies of water like lakes with easily accessible boat ramps, canoe and kayak rentals and dedicated swimming areas, while others offer wooded bayous and reservoirs that are perfect for fishing and enjoying a day out on the water.
Buras is a small town on a ribbon of road traversing the water-pocked islands and peninsulas of southernmost Louisiana. That road, Highway 23, goes past some of the best fishing grounds you’ll find on the Gulf of Mexico. Buras is right in the middle of it. The town was founded in the 1840s; 20 years later, it was the site of Civil War battles at Forts Jackson and Philip. Today, the Buras area is known for hauling in much of the state’s oysters. Visitors looking to get a piece of the action can hire one of any number of fishing boats headed towards the Gulf or into the bayous.