Atchafalaya Basin Maps

We often get requests for maps of the Atchafalaya Basin. This post contains links to several useful sites where one can order or download maps of the area. Keep in mind that each organization listed here has a different definition of the Atchafalaya Basin, based on their perspective and/or their official mandates.

Waterways in and around the Atchafalaya Basin floodways

For maps inside the Atchafalaya Basin Floodways, from Simmesport to Morgan city, you could contact the Atchafalaya Basin Program in the LA Department of Natural Resources.

According to that site:

Basin Geography

A full color map of the basin is now available for purchase. Contact the Louisiana Geological Survey at or call 225.578.8590, or call the DNR Atchafalaya Basin Program Office at 225.342.6437.
This superb-quality, satellite imagery, full color map features roads, boat landings, levees, streams, and more…
Folded map = $9.00 and Tubed map = $12.00

The LGS link takes you to:
where you find this more detailed description:

13 – The Atchafalaya Basin
by Lisa Pond, John Snead and Robert Paulsell . 2004 . Scale = 1:100,000. Multicolored, double-sided sheet size 32 X 40 inches. Map depicts public lands and boat launches in the basin on a detailed base with state and U.S. highways. The reverse side features a satellite image of the basin in full color. Available rolled for $12, or folded for $9.
Price: 12.00

along with other specialized maps of areas of the state.

Visitor Maps

The Atchafalaya National Heritage Area also has visitor maps of the Basin. These maps focus on the roads and communities surrounding the Floodway and reach well outside the area between the levees.

Topographic Maps and Digital Elevation Data

You can download or view traditional topographic maps and Digital Elevation Models from Atlas: The Louisiana Statewide GIS at You can order map data on CDs and DVDs from the site.

Navigational Charts

Finally, if you are really serious about navigation in the Floodway, you can go to the US Army Corps of Engineers site at and download navigational charts and hydrographic survey products.

Be aware that any charts or maps of the waterways in and around the floodways are only as accurate as the last revision and the Basin is continually changing. Use your eyes and your tools to watch for changes in the flow and be safe.

Enjoy the Atchafalaya Basin, however you define it.


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