Plaquemines Parish provides the perfect balance between urban and rural lifestyles. Urban communities like Belle Chasse, in the northern part of the parish, are considered part of the Metropolitan New Orleans area, and the long middle reaches of the parish consist primarily of agricultural lands dotted with small communities. Further south, saltwater marshes and estuaries form the rich delta of the Mississippi River. The parish's lower reaches provide a rural, country like atmosphere with unlimited opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities and recreational pursuits.
Plaquemines Parish is Louisiana's southernmost parish, providing direct access to the Gulf of Mexico. It is an ecological wonder with many waterways and fishing and hunting opportunities. It is truly a Sportsman's Paradise with some of the best commercial and recreational fishing areas in the world. Many charter fishing operations are located from Port Sulphur south to Venice.
The mighty Mississippi River divides the parish from north to south. Ferry transportation from the East to Westbank is provided in Belle Chasse and at Pointe-a-La-Hache. The parish creates a corridor surrounding the river as it flows to the Gulf of Mexico. Most of the developed areas are along each side of the more than 70 miles of the Mississippi River that flows through the parish. Southwest Pass, at the end of the river, provides access to commerce and trade traveling the Mississippi.
The seafood industry is one of the leading sources of income for Plaquemines. It is also the operational center for the offshore oil and gas industry. Citrus production is the pride of Plaquemines. Citrus season stretches from October through January. Plaquemines is the proud home of the Plaquemines Parish Fair and Orange Festival, which started in 1970. The local festival is held on the first full weekend of December in Fort Jackson in Buras.