Acadiana has an excellent year-round climate and topography for outdoor adventure, which contribute to Louisiana’s reputation as a “sportsman’s paradise.” The region has hiking and biking trails, championship golf courses, birdwatching, fishing, camping and opportunities for boating on nearby lakes and rivers.
The Lafayette area, encompassing the Atchafalaya Basin — the largest wetland in the United States — offers numerous opportunities for watching and photographing birds along Louisiana’s portion of America’s Wetland Birding Trail.
Freshwater fishing for bass, bream, catfish and more is a popular pastime in and around the Acadiana region. Fishermen frequent the 70-mile Vermilion River, the Atchafalaya Basin and a number of other lakes in the area for sport and recreational fishing.
Lake Fausse Pointe State Park is a popular destination for camping. The park features primitive camping and bayou-side, fully stocked cabins that provide comfortable and picturesque accommodations for people looking to get away, fish, birdwatch, canoe or hike.