Plaquemines is Louisiana’s southernmost parish where the great Mississippi River meets the Gulf of Mexico. The parish is a region of ecological wonder with its many waterways, fishing and hunting grounds. It is truly a Sportsman’s Paradise with some of the best commercial and sportsman fishing areas in the world.
With the seafood industry being one of the leading sources of income and highest employers in Louisiana, Plaquemines Parish produces millions of pounds of shrimp, oysters, crabs and fish annually.
Plaquemines Parish is the operational center for the offshore oil and gas industry. The Plaquemines Port and Harbor Terminal District is continuing to be sought after as the coal exporting capital of Louisiana.
One of the most valuable resources of Plaquemines Parish is Fort Jackson, built in 1822 under the recommendation of General Andrew Jackson, hero of the Battle of New Orleans. In 1861, Fort Jackson served as an important defense for the city of New Orleans during the Civil War. It was also used as a training base during World War 1 from 1917-1918. It has been the proud home of the Plaquemines Parish Fair & Orange Festival since 1970, welcoming visitors from all over the world.