Couret's Swamp Tours  
Guided Boat Tours into the Atchafalaya Basin Swamp
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Louisiana Swamp Tours are a third-generation tradition in the Couret family.

First, let me introduce myself.  My name is Ernest Couret, Jr., born and raised in the Lafayette and Henderson area.

My grandfather started a hunting guide service in the Atchafalaya Basin in 1890, and continued this service until 1925.  This was before the levees were built.

My father moved from Lafayette to Henderson in May of 1959 and

started a hunting and fishing guide service on Henderson Lake and the Atchafalaya River out of Butte La Rose.

My brothers, Wendell and William and myself helped our father with his guide service.  We operated four guide boats out of LeBlanc’s Landing, on Henderson Lake.

In April of 1962, my father guided Michael Landon “Little Joe” and Lorne Greene of the hit T.V. series “Bonanza” for seven days on Henderson Lake.  The fishing was fantastic!

Today, I am carrying on a family tradition that spans three generations of service in the Henderson area.  My lifelong experiences on Henderson Lake and the Atchafalaya River enable me to share the history and culture of Cajun country and give you a personalized tour of the largest river basin in North America.

My boat tour will bring us through flooded swamps, moss draped trees, open lakes, and with seasonal high water, places where we will make our own roads through dense canopies of lush vegetation.

When the Atchafalya River floods this lake during high water, you will be caught up with sights and sounds that are one-of-a-kind.  Bring plenty of film for your camera.

When the water is low, access to some areas will be limited, but the Basin always delivers unexpected surprises anytime of the year.

Some of the species we may see include Great Egret, Little Blue Heron, Red Headed Woodpecker, Wood Duck, Pileated Woodpecker, Great Blue Heron, Roseate Spoon Bill, Double-Breasted and Anhinga Cormorants, Deer, Beaver, Bald Eagle, Osprey, Mississippi and Swallow Tailed Kite, White Ibis, and of course, Alligator.

The boat I use is a custom all-welded aluminum 16 foot long, wide bottom boat, powered with a new 25 h.p. Johnson motor.  Raincoats, cell phone, and cold spring water are carried on board for your comfort.

Due to the personal demands placed upon me by a schedule which keeps me on the move and frequently in wilderness areas, I am unable to rely upon e-mail as a means of handling reservations and tour requests.

The way to contact me to make a reservation for a guided tour of Louisiana's Atchafalaya Basin swamp, setting out from the Butte La Rose area east of Lafayette, is by phone.

You may feel free to contact me directly by phone at the number listed below:

Tours are conducted year round.

For tour times and reservations:
Call: (337) 296-1173

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