The Island

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The Island's trophy bucks range from 150 to 300 inches, and roam over 2,000 acres.

A sportsman’s paradise just minutes from New Orleans

Mike Blake and his son Beau, two leaders in the oilfield industry, have a real passion for everything fishing and hunting. So when the opportunity arose to purchase 3,100 acres of some of the most unspoiled and diverse wildlife habitat in South Louisiana, they couldn’t resist.

Built entirely from cypress logged from the Des Allemands area, The Island’s main lodge has served guests and visitors since 1946. The Blake’s just completed extensive renovations, turning the 5,200 square-foot space into a true hunting resort — while keeping its original character. Five-star meals, warm fireplaces, a poker room, mud and gun rooms and many other amenities make The Island a great place to spend time on your next hunting and fishing adventure.

“At The Island, hunting is our passion,” Mike said. “My son and I love to hunt and fish, and we know what makes hunting memories.  We strive to cater to every hunter’s needs, and ensure you enjoy your stay with us.

The Island offers pheasant and duck overnight combos just 40 minutes west of New Orleans.

“Right now we are offering hunts ranging from classic Louisiana duck and white-tail deer, to more exotic options like alligator, pheasant and fallow, axis and sika deer,” Beau said.  “We really do have just about every kind of hunting experience and combinations imaginable — and it’s all minutes away from New Orleans in St. Charles Parish.”

Mike and Beau are proud of the work that went into rejuvenating their paradise. They now have over 1,000 acres of water-controlled marshland just minutes from the lodge, along with professional guides and retrievers 

“One of the best packages we offer now is pheasant and duck overnight combos. You start with a clay shoot in the afternoon, followed by a delicious Cajun dinner with your group, and then a morning duck hunt,” Mike said. “After topping the morning off with breakfast, we do a European-style tower pheasant shoot.

“And our trophy bucks roam over 2,000 acres through some fantastic deer habitat. Right now on the property we have whitetail trophy bucks that range from the 150-inch class, up to 300 inches.”

To find out more about The Island in St. Charles Parish, visit their website at, or call 985-274-2221.


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