About Pilottown, Louisiana
Coordinates: 29°10?54?N 89°15?27?W? / ?29.18167°N 89.2575°W? / 29.18167; -89.2575Pilottown (or Pilot Town) is a small community in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, United States. It serves as a base for river pilots to guide ships across the bar and up and down the Mississippi River. In the 18th and 19th century, the French settlement and fort that preceded Pilottown near the mouth of the Mississippi was known as La Balize, a name that meant "seamark" in French. La Balize was located about ten miles downriver from Pilottown.