Known worldwide for fishing, hunting and fine Cajun cuisine, Morgan City serves as the gateway to the Gulf of Mexico for the shrimping and oil field industries. It’s conveniently located “right in the middle of everywhere” and equidistant from Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Lafayette, all about an hour away.
Located on the banks of the Atchafalaya River, with the Gulf of Mexico 20 miles away, Morgan City, like the rest of Louisiana, is a Sportsman’s Paradise. Surrounded by rivers and lakes with beautiful cypress swamps to the north and coastal marshes to the south, the outdoor recreational opportunities are seemingly unlimited. Cypremort Point State Park is one of Louisiana's finest areas for water sports, and features a specially designed sand launch for catamarans, sunfish and windsurfers. The 6,000 acres of Lake Fausse Pointe State Park lie next to one of the great natural wonders of North America, the Atchafalaya Basin. The basin, which abounds in all types of wildlife, is comprised of a maze of bayous, lakes and cypress swamps. Avid birders and photographers may spot over 300 known species.
The Cajun Coast also has a wealth of entertainment options, from remarkable restaurants to excellent attractions and shopping to nature at its finest. And, when the day is done, there are a variety of accommodations to suit your needs - bed & breakfasts, motels and hotels and even RV and camping options. In addition, St. Mary Parish's diverse culture, industry, and bountiful natural resources provide an abundance of sporting and recreational activities, making it a great place to work and live. The Morgan City Recreation Department sponsors programs in football, baseball, basketball, softball, ceramics, crafts, tennis, and swimming. Morgan City has a modern municipal auditorium with a 1,100-seat theater, and is host to an active community concert and theater program.
St. Mary Parish has both public and private schools, with a full-time gifted program for grades 3-12. Louisiana Technical College, (Young Memorial Campus) and Nicholls State University both have campus sites within the parish. Technical training for a number of occupational areas is offered by Louisiana Technical College. And many major universities, such as LSU and Tulane, are located in nearby Baton Rouge and New Orleans.