Hopedale Marina is Southeast Louisiana's finest wilderness sport fishing & Hunting hotspot with an outstanding fishery wetland adventures only minutes from our dock. We have more Lodges & RV / Camp sites that cater to the sport fishing & hunting community than any other in the Southeast Louisiana region. We provide first class lodging facilities, quality boat launches, sport fishing equipment and boat shed rentals. The marina personnel are professional and we have to boast that we have a team of experienced Charter Guides with an average of 35 years experience fishing this region. The marina has supplies such as ice, groceries, fuel, live & dead bait, all at a great price. Numerous fishing rodeo's and fishing tournaments are held at Hopedale Marina. We work hard to make sure that your time with us will be long remembered as one of your most enjoyable adventures.
Nature lovers will enjoy the Hopedale Marina Nature Study Area. This 200-acre site and associated woodlands was created entirely by dredge spoil when the adjacent Mississippi Gulf Outlet waterway was constructed in the 1950s. In the ensuing decades, a complex of coastal woodlands and marshes developed over the spoil. Today, the site functions much like a barrier island, possessing nearly identical vegetation and wildlife.
Check Bayou La Loutre for Brown Pelican, Osprey, and gulls (Laughing in summer; with Ring-billed in fall, winter, spring), along with numerous terns (Caspian, Forster’s, and Gull-billed, year round; Least and Sandwich in summer; Black and Common during migration), and Boat-tailed Grackle. At the bayou’s confluence with the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet, Atlantic Bottle-nosed Dolphins often congregate. During the winter months, look for Common Loon and Double-crested Cormorant.
An extensive nature trail traverses freshwater marsh, salt marsh, and coastal woodland. The fresh marsh harbors Great Blue, Little Blue, and Tricolored herons, Great and Snowy egrets, Roseate Spoonbill, White Ibis, and Black-necked Stilt during the summer. In winter look for Black-crowned Night-Heron, Gadwall, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, along with Belted Kingfisher, Northern Harrier, American Kestrel, Sedge Wren, Palm Warbler, and Savannah Sparrow.
The area woodland hosts Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove (summer), Ruby-throated Hummingbird (summer), Yellow-rumped Warbler (winter), Painted and Indigo buntings, Northern Cardinal, and Blue Grosbeak. During spring and fall migrations vireos, thrushes, warblers, tanagers, grosbeaks, and orioles stream through in waves. Flycatchers, including Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, are in good supply from late August through mid-October.