The Dogwood Lodge offers the finest in accommodations for your leisure or business desires.

Two open decks provide space to relax and absorb the magnificent surroundings.


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.

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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.

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The dining room, appropriately named the Ohio Room, seats twelve for meals and can easily convert into a meeting room for corporate retreats and training sessions. The Dogwood Lodge is located in Hopedale, LA. Complimentary breakfast, lunch, dinner and bar while on the Lodge. The rate is $275/night/person double occupancy and rooms are reserved on a first come first served basis. Single occupancy is $350/night/person. Check in is 3 pm and check out is at 11 am (if you are fishing on departure day, bags must be packed and we will hold them for you until you return) Arranged inshore guided conventional fishing charters for up to 3 anglers are $1,000/day ($1,100/day for 4 anglers) and include fuel, ice, tackle and fish cleaning. This includes wadefishing trips to both Breton and Chandeleur Islands for an additional $150 fuel adder/boat. Arranged inshore guided fly fishing charters for up to 2 anglers are $830/day and includes fuel, ice, and tackle. Arranged guided duck hunting charters during the season are $300/hunter.  You can also book your own charter guides or bring your own boat and tie alongside while staying with us on the Lodge. All boats pick you up and drop you off at the Lodge. We furnish lunch and bottled water and soft drinks to go for you on the boats; however, you will need to bring or get any alcoholic beverages to take on the boats from the marina store if desired. Bring your own ice chest for holding and transport fish back with you if you desire. There is a 50% of cost deposit to book with the balance due at the Lodge. 6.45% sales tax will be added to the lodging portion and a 4% upcharge should you desire to use a credit card. Charter Fishing licenses are $20 for 3 days. Following is a link to our location:’16.3%22N+89%C2%B036’28.9%22W/@29.8211689,-89.6079469,19.54z/data=!4m6!3m5!1s0x889e6997bb406535:0x25e7a2c39a260f9e!7e2!8m2!3d29.8211807!4d-89.6080277

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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.