Elmer’s Island Reopening in Time for Memorial Day

Release Date: 05/25/2011

State officials announce opening of popular tourist destination on May 27

May 25, 2011 – Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced the reopening of the six-mile long section of beach known as Elmer’s Island located near Grand Isle in Jefferson Parish effective at noon on Friday, May 27, 2011. Elmer’s Island, a popular local and tourist destination known as a surf fishing and birding haven, was closed in May 2010 as a result of the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

“We are so pleased to be able to reopen Elmer’s Island,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham. “For more than a year, anglers, birders and residents from all across the Gulf have waited patiently for the clean-up workers and equipment to finish scouring the beaches. Their patience is being rewarded this weekend, just in time for Memorial Day.”

“While we know that the work to restore Louisiana’s coastline isn’t done yet, we are excited that the state is reopening Elmer’s,” said Grand Isle Mayor David Carmadelle. “If you’re planning to take Memorial Day weekend to fish, grill on the beach or go birding, one of the best places you could go is Elmer’s. We are grateful to the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for continuing to work with the federal government to get this beach reopened.”

After the noon reopening on Friday, road access to the island opens 30 minutes before sunrise and closes 30 minutes after sunset on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Boating access is seven days a week.

Although the beach will be open for public access beginning Friday, workers and state officials will continue to monitor the shoreline any signs of oil impacts. Any sightings of oil should be reported to LDWF at 1-800-442-2511.

After Governor Bobby Jindal opened Elmer's as a wildlife refuge and prior to the BP oil spill, thousands of people visited the beach. Since then, the area has played host to locals and tourists alike.  Elmer’s Island is prized as one of the few road accessible beaches in Louisiana. 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information on, please contact Olivia Watkins at (225)610-8660 or at owatkins@wlf.la.gov.