Release Date: 09/30/2009

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission today approved visitor regulations for public use of Elmer's Island Wildlife Refuge. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) proposed the formal regulations at the commission's monthly meeting.

Elmer's Island is the state's newest wildlife refuge, located on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico across Caminada Pass from Grand Isle in Jefferson Parish.

LDWF's Enforcement Division will enforce the following regulations, effective Oct. 1, 2009:

1. Use of the refuge will be permitted from 30 minutes before official sunrise to 30 minutes after official sunset. This includes any land access routes to the refuge. No person or vehicle shall remain on the refuge or any land access routes during the period from 30 minutes after official sunset to 30 minutes before sunrise.

2. No person shall possess any glass bottles, glass drink containers or other glass products.

3. No person shall enter onto or be on the grounds of the refuge during a restricted access period; or alternatively shall do so only in accordance with restrictions set forth by the Secretary.

4. No person shall commercially fish, conduct any guiding service, hunt, pursue, kill, molest or intentionally disturb any type of wildlife on the refuge, except for the legal recreational harvest of living aquatic resources.

5. No person shall be in areas marked as restricted by signs posted by the department.

6. No person shall operate any vehicles in a restricted area. No person shall operate a vehicle in an unsafe or careless manner as to endanger life or property or at any speed in excess of five miles per hour.

There is no permit required for Elmer's Island access by anyone 15 years of age or younger. Those wishing to utilize the island for recreational purposes, ages 16 and above, must possess one of the following: a valid Wild Louisiana Stamp, a valid Louisiana fishing license or a valid Louisiana hunting license.

For more information, contact Ashley Wethey at 225-765-5113 or awethey@wlf.la.gov.