Beloved by sportsmen, Concordia is also a uniquely satisfying destination for those who want to explore and experience the great outdoors armed with nothing more than a camera, or simply a sense of wonder. Concordia’s thousands of acres of lakes and preserved wetlands and woods are premiere jewels of the south-central Louisiana region designated the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area for its cultural and ecological significance.
Rivers are the source of Concordia’s natural riches—the Mississippi, the Red River, the Cocodrie Bayou. Together these waters and their deposits have created a thriving ecological paradise and wetlands habitat. A featured stop on birding trails, Concordia is home to multiple preserved areas where the scenery and wildlife viewing are extraordinary.
Approximately 11,000 acres bottomland hardwood, situated on the Cocodrie Bayou, a state-designated scenic river. Established in 1992, the Refuge contains some of the last remaining, least disturbed timber in the Mississippi River Delta. Hiking and birding are popular here, as resident wood ducks are joined by migrating water fowl in mid-November to late December, breeding neo-tropical songbirds in spring and summer, and feeding shorebirds in late spring and early fall.
All together, over 68,000 acres of mixed bottomland forest and former agricultural land. Flooded annually by the Mississippi and Red Rivers and the Cocodrie Bayou, the Areas’ swampy ecosystems are home to a diversity of botanical species and an array of wildlife including deer and turkey, raccoons, bobcats, foxes, otters, and coyotes, even alligators.
Thousands of acres of lakes, including the massive oxbows, Lake Concordia and Lake St. John, provide great opportunities for boating and swimming. In fact, there’s so much to enjoy in Concordia, at the end of the day you’ll probably want your outdoor adventure to continue. And in that case your options are excellent. From sleeping under the stars in primitive campgrounds to riverfront RV parking to lakeside lodge accommodations, Concordia offers the ways and means for naturally inviting overnighters.