Plaquemines Parish is the final leg on the long, winding course of the mighty Mississippi River. The parish creates a corridor surrounding the river as it flows to the Gulf of Mexico. Most of the developed areas are located along either side of the more than seventy miles of the Mississippi River that flows through the parish. The land area of the parish is 845 square miles.
Unfortunately, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 have scarred the parish landscape, particularly below Belle Chasse. However, massive levee protection upgrades and coastal restoration projects are currently underway to ensure the devastation of this type does not repeat itself.