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Louisiana Dogwood Lodge

HOPEDALE, LOUISIANA On location in southeast Louisiana, we are a lodge offering a blend of first class accommodations, memorable cuisine of southern cooking and true hospitality that makes our guests feel like VIPs while remembering the reason you’re here is for our exceptional fishing and hunting. We can customize and manage all aspects of a successful outdoor adventure for individuals, family or corporate groups. The Dogwood is a historical vessel that was originally built for the US Coast Guard as buoy tender on the upper MS. River. It was later purchased by a cruise company and converted into a multiday vessel for river cruises.

The Dogwood Lodge is located past the end of the world marina also known as the Hopedale Marina in Hopedale, Louisiana in the Biloxi Marsh. Hopedale is located an easy 45 minute drive southeast of New Orleans, and is on the edge of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet. This location offers easy access to the great inshore fishing for redfish, speckled trout and many other species as well as exceptional duck hunting. This area also offers exceptional fly fishing opportunities for trophy redfish due to the clarity of the water and endless wild marshes.

The Lodge features a lounge area known as the Mississippi Room on the second deck with comfortable seating and wide screen TV to reminisce about the day’s adventures. We offer a complimentary bar as well as a outdoor seating to enjoy your morning coffee or evening libation and cigar. This room can also serve as a conference room for business meetings or seminars as needed.

The Lodge offers 6 private rooms with 2 twin beds per room and each room has a private bath. The rooms are named after the rivers she has traversed throughout her past: Red, White, Arkansas, Atchafalaya, Ouachita and Kanawha.

Trip Dates: December 1st - 5th 2024


December 1: Fly into Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (Kenner, LA) and check in to Dogwood Lodge at 3:00 pm. We have a shuttle from the Lodge that can pick up to 6 per vehicle including gear (Price: $600 round trip - split between participants)
December 2 - 4: Fly fish along the marsh flats of Louisiana for Bull Reds, Sheepshead, Black Drum, and the occasional Alligator Gar. We will have 4 boats. Two clients per boat and four guides.
December 5: Check out 11:00 am.

Price Per Client: $ 2,593.82


How To Get There

Dogwood Lodge is located is southern Louisiana near the town of Hopedale.

Google Map Location

On our trip we will be flying into Louis Armstrong International Airport (Kenner, LA). Next we will travel by shuttle or Uber to the lodge. Drive time from the airport to the lodge is about 1 hour.

What is Included in the Cost


  • Lodging
  • Guided fishing
  • Breakfast and dinner at the lodge
  • Bag lunch, sodas, and water during guide trips
  • House alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks at the lodge
  • Rod/reel, all flies, and all tackle provided by the guide
What is Not Incluced
  • Airfare
  • Airport transportation (can be arranged at an additional cost or rent a car)
  • Gratuities for guides and lodge staff
  • Fishing licenses
  • Alcohol during your guide trips
  • Lodging taxes (will include upon invoicing)
What Is the Fishing Like

The Biloxi Marsh is an estuary network of 210,000 acres of coastal wetlands located on the eastern side of Louisiana which borders the Gulf of Mexico. Crisscrossed by bayous and canals, dotted with innumerable lakes, bays, ponds and lagoons, it provides a rich variety of habitat that offers for some of the best coastal fishing anywhere on earth.

This is the most exciting Biloxi Marsh fishing trips in this region. We will take you and your group out on the water for an exciting day of Biloxi Marsh Redfish fishing & Speckled Trout fishing. We provide all the elements you will need to have a successful Biloxi Marsh fishing trip.

What Gear Do I Need

We want to make sure you have the best experience possible while at the Dogwood Lodge. This starts with the gear. Properly outfitted, you will maximize your enjoyment and success. Our guides have used their experience and knowledge to curate a list of gear that we think would help make your trip unforgettable.


See our Gear Recommendations below.


Do I Need to Tip?

At the end of your fishing trip, it's your turn to take care of the fine fishing folks who took care of. you. Tipping for a fishing trip carries the same general rule as tipping your waiter at dinner.


Please tip all lodge staff and fishing guides separately. (10-15% of your lodge bill before taxes is customary)

Dogwood Lodge Policies (Please Read)

We hope you enjoy your stay with us.  Please make sure that all members of your group are advised of the following information.

  • Check-In and Check-Out CHECK IN time is 3:00 pm.  Please do not arrive before check in as housekeeping needs to complete the cleaning from previous guests. CHECK OUT time is 11 am.   Please vacate property no later than 11am so that we can have it ready for the next guests. If you are fishing the day of departure we will hold your bags for you to pick up at return.

  • Deposit – A 50% deposit is required to book a reservation along with a credit card.

Lodge cancellations made 60 days prior to the reservation date are entitled to a full deposit refund. We will hold your deposit for 1 year to reschedule for Lodge cancellations made less than 60 days but not within 30 days. If you have not rescheduled during the 1-year period, your deposit will be forfeited. For cancellations made with less than 30 day notice, your deposit will be forfeited.

Fishing and hunting charter cancellations must be communicated at least 60 days before your charter date. We are officially notifying you that at least 60 days’ notice must be provided in order to cancel your trip and receive a refund on your deposit.  If you do not provide 60 days’ notice regarding cancellation of your charter, your deposit will not be refunded. If you cancel with 30 days of your charter, the full charter rate will be due. If your fishing or hunting charter is canceled by the guide due to weather, then the deposit is refundable.

  • Smoking Policy – No smoking is allowed inside.  Please use the outside porch and deck for smoking.  Please use an appropriate receptacle for cigarette butts.  Do not throw them on the deck, porch, or in the water.
  • Pet Policy – Considered on a case x case basis pending other guests.
  • Towels and Linens – All are provided and not to be taken off the premises.
  • Activities Not Allowed No drinking by minors. No illegal drugs. No activity that would disturb other guests and neighbors.
  • Sanitation – The Lodges have waste treatment systems.  Do not dispose of feminine products, baby wipes, paper towels or any other items in the toilet.  Soiled toilet tissue is the only thing that should be flushed.  Other items create problems that may cause toilets to backup.  Please dispose of other items in trash cans.  Please do not dispose of any bleach or bleach based products in the toilet as this will damage the waste treatment system.
  • Liability –   Southern Way Charters, Inc. and Biloxi Marine LLC (owners) are not liable to guests, guests’ employees, patrons and visitors, or to any other person for any damage, injury and/or illness to person or property caused by any act, omission or neglect of the guest or any other tenant of the described premises, and guests agree to hold owners and its employees harmless from all claims for any damage whether the injury and/or illness occurs on or off the premises and/or on arranged fishing/hunting charters. Southern Way Charters, Inc. and Biloxi Marine LLC will not be liable for any damage, injury and/or illness caused by any defect therein to the guest or anyone on or off the premises who derives their right to be thereon from the guest.
  • Damage and Theft –  We ask that you respect the property.  You will be responsible for any damage to property or missing items.  We understand that accidents happen and we ask that you report any damage immediately so that we can arrange for repairs or replacement as soon as possible.


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