The City of Bayou La Batre

HISTORIC BAYOU LA BATRE lies along the Mississippi Sound on the Gulf of Mexico in south Alabama. We are a charming community steeped in Southern history and a heritage with a distinct French impression. Known in the late 1800s and early 1900s as a resort town with medicinal spring water, Bayou La Batre is now the Seafood Capital of Alabama. 

You may have heard how we commemorate our fishing industry with annual events such as the Blessing of the Fleet and Taste of the Bayou. Come take a ride down scenic byway 188 as century old oaks graciously welcome you to our city, and in case you don't hear before you get here, we call home "By-luh-ba-tree."


Directions to St. Margaret's Catholic Church

From I-10, take the Bayou La Batre / McDonald Rd. exit heading South. Travel about 7 miles where the road (McDonald Rd/Padgett Switch Rd) intersects Wintzell Ave in Bayou La Batre. Take a left and continue to the draw bridge - approximately 1.3 miles. Once you cross the bridge, look for the church and festivities on your right.

Our Community

From beautiful scenic byways and coastal estuaries, to seafood and shrimp boats, to festivals and fishing village charm, Bayou La Batre is the real deal. Our history and townspeople trace their heritage to the 1700s when settlers petitioned the King of Spain for a piece of land known today as Bayou La Batre—the place we call home.


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