Modern aerial photography is incredibly useful for getting around the Bayou Dularge area.  We have certainly come a long way since the days of the old USGS survey maps.

The "gold standard" when it comes to aerial photos of the Dularge area are the Color Infrared Aerials that were taken in 2000 to study the "brown marsh" phenomenon.  These aerials are very high resolution and show a great detail. One can make out individual potholes, and if you look closely enough, you can even see some barely submerged shell reefs.  The drawback for these areials is that they are extremely large files.  You should have a DSL or Cable modem to download.  At one point, I downloaded many of these photos and had them printed and laminatied by a buddy of mine.  In the end, they were beautiful, but simply too large and unwieldy for everyday use.  They are very good for duck pond research sessions back at the house or office, (or back on Brutus or Petronius for that matter).

Very useful all-around maps of the Dularge area can be obtained from Standard Map Service. These are detailed enough to assist in getting around, but they are small enought to roll up and put in your center console.  The maps you will want for the Dularge area are No. 14 (Cocodrie);  No. 21 (Four League Bay); and No. 19 (Last Island).

A final caveat: The aerial maps are "not for navigation."  The Dularge area is very shallow, and just because there is water in front of you doesn't necessarily mean you can go there.  Try to stay in the major lakes and bayous - explore the smaller cuts and shallower areas after you know the area. You are going tot get stuck  - it is a certainty.  Be prepared to get yourself out or pack a  lot of vienna sausages  to eat while you wait for the tide to come back up.