The history of Bayou Lafourche can best be told by recounting the history of the French, Spanish, English and German speaking families who settled its banks in the early 1700's. In less than 200 years, their descendants, joined by Acadians expelled from Nova Scotia, merged those cultures, customs and heritages into a society known the world over as "Cajun Country."
Bayou Lafourche affords a picturesque scenic drive as it meanders south to the Gulf of Mexico. Driving south through the communities of Raceland, Lockport, Larose, Cut Off, Galliano, Golden Meadow, Leeville, and Fourchon enables a visitor to experience the different lifestyles that make up the Cajun way of life. The bayou itself changes from a lazy, slow moving stream surrounded by sugar cane fields, to a widened, quick, vibrant and busy waterway. Especially noticeable is the increased boat traffic--from offshore oil-related vessels, pleasure crafts, shrimp boats, oyster boats and small mud boats.