At nearly one million acres, the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area is America’s largest river/swamp ecosystem. This corridor of the Atchafalaya River spans 14 Louisiana parishes from the central region of the state southward to the Gulf of Mexico. The heritage area was federally designated in 2006 for its indigenous Cajun culture as well as its diverse population of European, African, Caribbean and Native American descent. It is also a thriving wildlife area, providing ideal habitat for American alligators and other reptiles; bears and other mammals; crawfish and over 80 other freshwater species; and some 270 bird species.

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