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Located in Henderson, Louisiana, McGee’s Swamp & Airboat Tours has welcomed local and international travelers alike for over 40 years. With McGee’s, groups will experience the Atchafalaya Swamp in the heart of Cajun country.
“We offer 90-minute Swamp Tours through moss-draped trees that can be enjoyed by young and old,” said Robert Donadieu, general manager at McGee’s. “You will explore the swamp’s rich ecological system with a native Cajun guide who is incredibly knowledgeable.”
See alligators in their natural habitat, with 2 million calling Louisiana home. The Mississippi Flyway flight path goes through Atchafalaya Swamp, so groups will see a number of migratory birds including ospreys, bald eagles, blue herons and so many others.
“Turtles, fish, fox squirrels and other creatures can also make an appearance,” Donadieu said.
For those seeking a more thrilling ride, take an airboat tour and experience a high-horsepower excursion. Guides will fly groups through the narrow bayous and make stops for wildlife sightings and to discuss general facts.
McGee’s additionally offers sunset tours, canoe rentals, guided photography tours and French-speaking tours.
In 2017, McGee’s was bought by Louisiana Swamp Base, Inc. — a nonprofit conservation and adventure program. With the aid of Swamp Base, Inc., McGee’s continually attracts thousands of visitors annually due to their knowledge of the Atchafalaya Swamp and its natural integrity.
“I consider myself an ambassador for Louisiana,” said Rick Johnston, a McGee’s tour guide. “My time with guests may be the first opportunity they have to learn about our ecosystem, our culture and our home.”
McGee’s boasts one 30- and two 50-passenger swamp tour boats, making them the swamp tour company with the largest capacity in the state. Airboat tours are limited to 14 passengers at a time to ensure a more satisfying, thrill-filled adventure. Discounted rates are available for groups.
For more information call 337-228-2384 or go to mcgeesswamptours.com.