Palo Alto plantation, whose name means “tall trees,” was once a wedding gift from the wealthy Spanish plantation owner Oscar Ayraud to his daughter Rosalie.  The property was later purchased by Jacob Lemann.  Since his purchase in 1865, the plantation has been home to every crop native to Louisiana’s rich soil.  The plantation has grown considerably in its 150-year existence to encompass more than 6000 acres of sugarcane, pasture land, wooded land, and ponds.

Since its existence, the lands have been hunted and managed privately by its owners.  Today, the lands have been opened to the public for guided hunting on its tradition rich land.

Our “Log Cabin” lodge was built by Jacob’s great grandson, Arthur Lemann Jr., and was constructed with materials from one of pirate Jean Lafitte'’ hideouts.  The lodge is nestled in a pristine oak and cypress grove overlooking picturesque Bayou Tomare.  Relics surround the rustic, yet comfortable, log cabin and antiques of the plantation’s past steeped in the bayou culture.

Deer Hunting


Palo Alto has 1,600 acres of prime deer hunting land located in Ascension and Iberville parishes. The property is arranged between the majestic Mississippi River and historic Bayou Lafourche. The terrain offers both open range and hard woods. In addition to excellent wildlife, the property is masterfully equipped with numerous food plots and pipelines, which are maintained year round. There are over thirty stands located throughout the property. Bow stands are strategically located to provide close range shots for the primitive weapon enthusiast. All of our rifle stands are enclosed and include a gun rest and skirting to make for a comfortable hunt.

Quail and Chukar

The south’s finest tradition of stately gentlemen hunting upland birds over accomplished dogs is one that has been preserved at Palo Alto Plantation. Our conditioned birds in combination with a true plantation setting take the most discriminating hunter back in time to the days of the old south. Our upland bird hunting starts in October and runs until the end of March. We offer half-day and full day packages.


Guided freshwater fishing and off shore trips for saltwater species can also be arranged.


The “Log Cabin” which was built in the 1960’s as a getaway for the plantation’s owners now serves as the lodge. While it contains all of today’s modern amenities, the picturesque surroundings and antique cypress woodwork provides an atmosphere of days gone by. The lodge also serves host to our fine chefs who are delighted to prepare mouth watering Cajun cuisine.

Although the “Log Cabin” serves as the lodge for our hunting operation, it can also be rented for private functions. Company meetings, parties, family reunions, church retreats, or just a getaway for you and your family are all welcome. No matter what requirements you may have Palo Alto will accommodate your needs.

All deer hunts are private.

Half day “Extreme Upland Hunt” (15 quails, 10 chukars / hunter) $350
Half day hunt; morning or afternoon (15 quails / hunter) $250
Extra birds Quail $8.00 Chukar $12.50
Minimum two hunters on all upland hunts.

We currently do not offer dove hunts.

Day rental for non-hunting functions up to 20 people $300
Day rental for non-hunting functions for 20 or more people $500
$100 per person for any overnight with a hunt (includes 3 meals)

Pricing is subject to change.


If you have any questions or if you wish to make reservations, please contact...

Kenneth J. Gomez
Palo Alto Plantation
P.O. Box 30
Donaldsonville, Louisiana 70346
Phone 225-717-3348