Discover the 10 Most Remote Spots in Louisiana And How Dangerous They Are To See
The people of Louisiana have introduced the rest of the U.S. to crawfish boils, Zydeco music, alligator hunting, and some of the most beautiful landscapes and scenery imaginable. There are also remote locations in Louisiana that are hard to get to and dangerous. Crimes create the biggest dangers. Dangerous wildlife encounters and being lost in an unfamiliar area are other Louisiana dangers.
Pelican State is home to a boat ramp that has seen several bodies dumped at it, alligators, and venomous snakes, and the city is called the most dangerous in the United States. Let’s look at some remote locations and learn more about them.
1. Whiskey Bay: 29.5174° N, 89.6028° W
Louisiana is home to Whiskey Bay, which has a history of bootleg whisky and dead bodies. The area was named after the bootlegging trade that worked out of it. But the worst thing about Whiskey Bay is that killers use it as a dumping ground. The serial killer Derrick Todd Lee was one of the killers who found Whiskey Bay an ideal location to leave the grizzly remains of his work.
When you take the Whiskey Bay exit off of I-10, you are immediately reminded that this area is isolated. The exit ramp does not offer the normal convenience stores or fast food restaurants. It has sharp curves and turns, making almost a complete circle and bringing you to La. 975. Once you turn left onto La. 975, you see a large sign with NO printed in bold letters, and the rest reads, “No public access, no trespassing allowed, private property.”
Visitors are not encouraged to stop at Whiskey Bay. Whiskey Bay is one of the most remote spots in Louisiana and one of the most foreboding spots.
2. Cocodrie: 29.2469° N, 90.6615° W
The second on our list of the most remote spots in Louisiana is the small fishing village of Cocodrie. In English, the word “cocodrie” means “crocodile.” You will not find crocodiles in Cocodrie, but you will be near American alligators, deadly snakes, and other dangerous wildlife.
Cocodrie is a remote area. It is also a beautiful location, but be careful. It is very easy to get lost in the Cocodrie swamp, and visitors are cautioned to watch for some of the natural predators that call the area home.
To reach Cocodrie, you will need to take La 56. La 56 is the only road that leads into the small village. The road is surrounded by water. You may even find alligators basking on the side of the road or blocking the roadway. You can also travel east from Texas on I-10, then take US-90 E/Hwy 90 E and follow it to LA-56.
3. Our Lady of Blind River Chapel: 30°9’23″N, 90°42’12″W.
The only chapel that can be reached by boat is located in a remote spot in Louisiana. Our Lady of the Blind River Chapel The quaint little wooden chapel is named after the Blind River that begins in the Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area in St. James Parish.
The only dangerous part of visiting this chapel is traveling the waterways to reach it. This marshy area is home to many alligators, cottonmouths, and deadly water snakes. You also need to know about the waterways and what lies beneath the surface so you do not hit hidden stumps or logs and damage your vessel.
Take I-10 E to LA-641 N in St. James Parish to get to the chapel. Then get off the interstate at exit 194 and follow it to the turn for La. 614 N. Once you get to the water, you must take a boat to the chapel.
4. Terrebonne Parish: 29.2300° N, 90.7533° W
This parish is one of the most remote locations in Louisiana and the most remote in the United States. It is home to 881,213 acres of swampy marshland. In some locations in Terrebonne Parish, you will have to travel 22 miles to find a road.
Leaving Texas, you will take I-10 to US 90 in Louisiana and head south to Teronne Parish.
5. Honey Island Swamp: N 30° 28′ 8.2992″, W 89° 42′ 36.7992
Honey Island Swamp is a river swamp near the Pearl River. The Pearl River is the boundary that divides Louisiana from Mississippi. The entire swamp is 20 miles in length and 7 miles wide. It is home to a diverse population of reptiles, birds, plants, and insects.
This swamp is in a remote location in Louisiana, and about 70,00 acres of the swamp are protected by Pearl River Wildlife Management. This is a dangerous place to visit. If you are unfamiliar with the landmarks, you can easily lose your bearings in the swamp. It is home to alligators and venomous snakes, and most cell phones do not have service here. From Texas, take I-10 E for a straight shot to Honey Island Swamp.
6. Bayou Gauche: 29.7874° N, 90.4131° W
This is one of the most remote spots in Louisiana. Bayou Gauche is surrounded by water. Most of this area is owned by the heirs of the late Sidney Simoneaux. The family has a corporation that leases homes to the residents who wish to live on the island. Most residents there are fishermen or somehow connected to the fishing industry.
The island is home to some ancient Indian burial grounds. It is also home to many dangerous animals, including the copperhead and Eastern diamondback rattlesnake. To get to the island, take US 90 out of Lafayette and head southeast. When you reach WPA Rd. in Des Allemands, follow the signs that direct you to the island.
7. Grand Isle: 29.2366° N, 89.9873°
Reaching Grand Isle is not difficult, even though it is one of the most remote spots in Louisiana. You take La 1 south until you reach the Gulf of Mexico. Grand Isle is a barrier island that supplies ample fishing opportunities to its residents. Grand Isle was home to Native Americans, and at one time, the pirate Jean Lafitte called this area his home.
The island is rich in history and culture, and the residents are friendly, but you will find that they do not divulge much about themselves or their island home. When hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico threaten Louisiana, Grand Isle is the first defense. Visiting this area during hurricane season is the only dangerous time.
8. Lake Martin: 30.2173° N, 91.9075° W
Alligators are one of the biggest threats to Lake Martin. There is a higher concentration of alligators in this lake compared to all of the lakes in the Pelican State. The lake is situated in the Cypress Island Nature Preserve, so the alligators have few predators, allowing them to reproduce rapidly. This is one of the remote spots in Louisiana where you will find more alligators than humans.
The bridge along the waterway gives you plenty of opportunities to see the alligators in this lake. You can also take a canoe or pirogue out to get a closer glimpse of the large reptiles. To get there, take I-49 south to I-10 E and head toward Baton Rouge. Then, take La 328 to La 31 and follow the signs.
9. Urania: 31.8638° N, 92.2960° W
Pine trees are one of the sights in Urania, our ninth remote location in Louisiana. Urania is off the beaten path, but it has a legacy of being the first place that reforestation was put to use. Another thing you need to know about this town is its high violent crime rate. The property crime rate here is also higher than average.
Remote locations like this often have high violent crime rates because they offer anonymity and a lower chance of being seen committing a crime. Take HWy 190 E to La-28 E to HWy 71 North to US 165 North. Follow the signs to Urania.
10. Marksville: 31.1280° N, 92.0662° W
One of the most remote spots in Louisiana is also the most dangerous place in Louisiana. The city of Marksville is small, but the crime rate is astonishing. Marksville has a high crime rate. Statistics show that 1 in every 14 people in this town will experience some violent crime. Theft and property crime rates are also high in this town.
Marksville is home to the first land-based casino, Grand Paragon Casino, to open in Louisiana. It is located in Avoyelles Parish and had humble beginnings as a trading post. Louisiana is one of the states with the highest murder rates. The remoteness of many of the towns and cities is partially to blame. When visiting a remote area like Marksville, be aware of your surroundings, and do not go exploring without letting someone know where you are going and when you will be back.
Take La-28 to U.S. Highway 71 South to La 3170 to La 1 South. Follow the signs to Marksville.
Summary of the 10 Most Remote Spots in Louisiana
|Whiskey Bay||29.5174° N, 89.6028° W||High Possibility|
|Cocodrie||29.2469° N, 90.6615° W||Moderate|
|Our Lady of Blind River Chapel||30°9’23″N, 90°42’12″W.||Marginal|
|Terrebonne Parish||29.2300° N, 90.7533° W||Moderate|
|Honey Island Swamp||N 30° 28′ 8.2992″, W 89° 42′ 36.7992||Moderate|
|Bayou Gauche||29.7874° N, 90.4131° W||Moderate|
|Grand Isle||29.2366° N, 89.9873°||Moderate|
|Lake Martin||30.2173° N, 91.9075° W||High|
|Urania||31.8638° N, 92.2960° W||Moderate|
|Marksville||31.1280° N, 92.0662° W||High|