Elmer's Island

December 9, 2014

Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the reopening of state waters in the Gulf of Mexico off the beaches of Elmers and Grand Terre Islands that were previously closed due to oiling from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Waters will be open ½ hour before sunrise on December 10, 2014.

 These waters have been closed to all commercial and recreational fishing except for recreational and charter boat angling.  The waters to re-open to all commercial and recreational fishing are as follows:

  • State waters seaward one quarter mile from the shoreline of the Grand Terre Islands
  • State waters seaward one quarter mile from the shoreline from Caminada Pass westward to Belle Pass

Fishermen are reminded that commercial fishing and recreational fishing except for recreational and charterboat angling remains closed within a 100-yard buffer from any shoreline in a portion of the upper Barataria Basin centered near Bay Jimmy and Bay Batiste.

LDWF is re-opening these areas to commercial fishing pursuant to agreements by state and federal officials for re-opening waters closed as a result of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. These areas will also be re-opened to all recreational fishing.

LDWF will continue monitoring conditions to determine whether additional waters can be re-opened or whether additional closures are warranted. Reports of oil, tarballs or tar mats should be reported to the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802 and the Louisiana State Police at 1-877-925-6595.

State rules, regulations and seasons for individual saltwater species are still effective within these areas. To view current regulations click here: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/regulations

To view maps detailing these modifications and the latest updates on the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill please visit: www.wlf.louisiana.gov/oilspill

The 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 press inquiries, contact Rene LeBreton at rlebreton@wlf.la.gov or 504-286-8745.

March 28, 2014

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has re-opened the Elmer’s Island refuge to visitors seven days a week. The refuge will be open each day 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.

The following activities are strictly prohibited on Elmer’s Island:

 •    All commercial fishing

 •    Recreational harvest of shrimp, crabs and oysters

 •    Camping

 •    Night-time access

Residual re-oiling of Elmer’s Island as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill may occur.   LDWF employees will be monitoring the area and visitors are encouraged to report any sightings of oil, tar balls or tar mats to the National Response Center (NRC) at 1(800)424-8802.

An emergency fishing closure in adjacent coastal waters remains in effect as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The recreational, rod and reel (hook and line) fishing for finfish is allowed. The harvest of live bait by wholesale/retail seafood dealers who hold a special bait dealers permit and who harvest live bait for sale to recreational fishermen exclusively is also permitted.

A map of the fishing closure can be found here:

VIEW MAP OF CLOSURE AREA

Night-time access on the refuge remains closed and camping on the beach is strictly prohibited.

For more information regarding Elmer's Island, please contact Julia Lightner at jlightner@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-4041.

LAC Title 76, Part III, 337. Elmer’s Island Wildlife Refuge

A.  Visitor Regulations for Elmer’s Island Wildlife Refuge

1. Use of the refuge will be permitted from thirty minutes before official sunrise to thirty minutes after official sunset. This includes any land access routes to the refuge. No person or vehicle shall remain on the Elmer’s Island Wildlife 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 on Elmer’s Island Wildlife Refuge.

3.  The secretary of the department may restrict access to the refuge whenever circumstances exist such that restrictions are necessary to protect the refuge or the public from harm. No person shall enter onto or be on the grounds of Elmer’s Island Wildlife 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 discharge or fire any firearms including muzzleloaders, or bows and arrows or crossbows on Elmer’s Island.

5.  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.

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

7.  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.

8.  The requirement of a Wild Louisiana Stamp on Elmer's Island Wildlife Refuge is hereby waived, and the secretary is directed to take all necessary steps to accomplish this waiver.

AUTHORITY NOTE: Promulgated in accordance with R.S. 56:6, R.S. 56:109, R.S. 56:109.2, R.S. 56:763 and R.S. 56:781 et seq.

HISTORICAL NOTE: Promulgated by the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, LR 36:1280 (June 2010).

 

 

December 19, 2013

 The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is extending the open hours for Elmer’s Island refuge over the Christmas and New Year’s holiday. During the holidays, Elmer’s Island will be open on Friday, December 20 and through Sunday, January 5, 2014.

Elmer’s Island refuge will be open will be 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset throughout the opening.

Night-time access on the island remains closed and camping on the beach is strictly prohibited.

Following this special opening, public access to Elmer’s Island will revert back to the previously established schedule, open Friday through Sunday.

On September 4, 2012, LDWF announced an emergency closure of coastal waters due to the emergence of a large tar mat and concentrations of tar balls on adjacent beaches, including the area of Elmer’s Island. The closure prohibits commercial and recreational fishing within these waters except for recreational and charter boat angling. The harvest of live bait by wholesale/retail seafood dealers who hold a special bait dealers permit and who harvest live bait for sale to recreational fishermen exclusively is also permitted.  On December 5, 2013 LDWF reopened some of the area for commercial and recreational fishing. A map of the closed area can be found here:

VIEW MAP OF CLOSURE AREA

The only fishing activity allowed in the area is recreational, rod and reel (hook and line) fishing for finfish.

 The following activities are strictly prohibited on Elmer’s Island:

     •    All commercial fishing

     •    Recreational harvest of shrimp, crabs and oysters

     •    Camping

     •    Night-time access

Workers and state officials will continue to monitor the shoreline in order to continue to respond to oiling impacts. Any sightings of oil should be reported to LDWF at (800) 442-2511 and the National Response Center (NRC) at (800) 424-8802.

For more information regarding Elmer's Island, please contact Julia Lightner at jlightner@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-4041.

November 26, 2013

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is extending the open hours for Elmer’s Island refuge over the Thanksgiving holiday. During the holiday weekend, Elmer’s Island will be open on Thursday, November 28 and through Sunday, December 1.

Specific operation hours will be observed as follows:

    •    Thursday, November 28: Open 30 minutes before sunrise and closed 30 minutes after sunset
    •    Friday, November 29: Open 30 minutes before sunrise and closed 30 minutes after sunset
    •    Saturday, November 30: Open 30 minutes before sunrise and closed 30 minutes after sunset
    •    Sunday, December 1: Open 30 minutes before sunrise and closed 30 minutes after sunset

Night-time access on the island remains closed and camping on the beach is strictly prohibited.

Following this special opening, public access to Elmer’s Island will revert back to the previously established schedule, open Friday through Sunday.

On September 4, 2012, LDWF announced an emergency closure of coastal waters due to the emergence of a large tar mat and concentrations of tar balls on adjacent beaches, including the area of Elmer’s Island. The closure prohibits commercial and recreational fishing within these waters except for recreational and charter boat angling. The harvest of live bait by wholesale/retail seafood dealers who hold a special bait dealers permit and who harvest live bait for sale to recreational fishermen exclusively is also permitted. A map of the closed area can be found here:
VIEW MAP OF CLOSURE AREA

The only fishing activity allowed in the area is recreational, rod and reel (hook and line) fishing for finfish.
The following activities are strictly prohibited on Elmer’s Island:
    •    All commercial fishing
    •    Recreational harvest of shrimp, crabs and oysters
    •    Camping
    •    Night-time access

BP cleanup crews have implemented a stand down on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29 and will not be working in the area, due to the holiday. Please be advised that clean-up activities will resume on Saturday, November 30 on Fourchon Beach located adjacent to the Elmer’s Refuge and and members of the public should take caution to remain on the public portion of the Elmer’s Island.

Workers and state officials will continue to monitor the shoreline in order to continue to respond to oiling impacts. Any sightings of oil should be reported to LDWF at (800) 442-2511 and the National Response Center (NRC) at (800) 424-8802.

LDWF asks the public not to cross areas covered with water. Winds and wave energy from Hurricane Isaac created washovers which can be covered in water during high tides.

For more information regarding Elmer's Island, please contact Julia Lightner at jlightner@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-4041.

August 15, 2013

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is extending the open hours for Elmer’s Island refuge over the Labor Day holiday (Monday, September 2). During the holiday weekend, Elmer’s Island will be open on Friday, August 30 and through Monday, September 2. BP cleanup crews have implemented a stand down during this time and will not be working in the area, due to the Labor Day holiday. Therefore, Elmer’s Island may be accessed by the public on those days.
Specific operation hours will be observed as follows:

    •    Friday, August 30: Open 30 minutes before sunrise and closed 30 minutes after sunset
    •    Saturday, August 31: Open 30 minutes before sunrise and closed 30 minutes after sunset
    •    Sunday, September 1: Open 30 minutes before sunrise and closed 30 minutes after sunset
    •    Monday, September 2: Open 30 minutes before sunrise and closed 30 minutes after sunset

Night-time access on the island remains closed and camping on the beach is strictly prohibited.

Following this special opening, public access to Elmer’s Island will revert back to the previously established schedule, open Friday through Sunday.
Elmer’s Island was initially closed after Hurricane Isaac, September 2012, due to oil spill cleanup; the storm washed up large amounts of oily materials and uncovered large tar mats. Since then, BP cleanup crews have been continuing to remove BP oil from the island.

The only fishing activity allowed in the area is recreational, rod and reel (hook and line) fishing for finfish.

On September 4, 2012, LDWF announced an emergency closure of coastal waters due to the emergence of a large tar mat and concentrations of tar balls on adjacent beaches, including the area of Elmer’s Island. The closure prohibits commercial and recreational fishing within these waters except for recreational and charter boat angling. The harvest of live bait by wholesale/retail seafood dealers who hold a special bait dealers permit and who harvest live bait for sale to recreational fishermen exclusively is also permitted. A map of the closed area can be found here:
VIEW MAP OF CLOSURE AREA

The only fishing activity allowed in the area is recreational, rod and reel (hook and line) fishing for finfish.
The following activities are strictly prohibited on Elmer’s Island:
    •    All commercial fishing
    •    Recreational harvest of shrimp, crabs and oysters
    •    Camping
    •    Night-time access

Although the beach will be open for day-time public access, workers and state officials will continue to monitor the shoreline in order to continue to respond to oiling impacts. Any sightings of oil should be reported to LDWF at (800) 442-2511 and the National Response Center (NRC) at (800) 424-8802.
LDWF asks the public not to cross areas covered with water. Winds and wave energy from Hurricane Isaac created washovers which can be covered in water during high tides.
For more information regarding Elmer's Island, please contact Julia Lightner at jlightner@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-4041.
 

July 22, 2013

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will open Elmer’s Island refuge for daytime public access on Wednesday, July 24 and through Sunday, July 28. BP clean up crews have implemented a stand down during this time and will not be working in the area, due to the Tarpon Rodeo events in Grand Isle. Therefore, Elmer's Island may be accessed by the public on those days.

Specific operating hours will be observed as follows:

  • Wednesday, July 24: Open 30 minutes before sunrise and closed 30 minutes after sunset
  • Thursday, July 25: Open 30 minutes before sunrise and closed 30 minutes after sunset
  • Friday, July 26: Open 30 minutes before sunrise and closed 30 minutes after sunset
  • Saturday, July 27: Open 30 minutes before sunrise and closed 30 minutes after sunset
  • Sunday, July 28: Open 30 minutes before sunrise and closed 30 minutes after sunset

Night-time access on the island remains closed and camping on the beach is strictly prohibited.

Following this special opening, public access to Elmer’s Island will revert back to the previously established schedule, open Friday through Sunday.

The only fishing activity allowed in the area is recreational, rod and reel (hook and line) fishing for finfish.

On September 4, 2012, LDWF announced an emergency closure of coastal waters due to the emergence of a large tar mat and concentrations of tar balls on adjacent beaches, including the area of Elmer’s Island. The closure prohibits commercial and recreational fishing within these waters except for recreational and charter boat angling. The harvest of live bait by wholesale/retail seafood dealers who hold a special bait dealers permit and who harvest live bait for sale to recreational fishermen exclusively is also permitted. A map of the closed area can be found here:

VIEW MAP OF CLOSURE AREA

The following activities are strictly prohibited on Elmer’s Island:

  • All commercial fishing
  • Recreational harvest of shrimp, crabs and oysters
  • Camping
  • Night-time access

Although the beach will be open for day-time public access, workers and state officials will continue to monitor the shoreline in order to continue to respond to oiling impacts. Any sightings of oil should be reported to LDWF at (800) 442-2511 and the National Response Center (NRC) at (800) 424-8802.

LDWF asks the public not to cross areas covered with water. Winds and wave energy from Hurricane Isaac created washovers which can be covered in water during high tides.

For more information regarding Elmer's Island, please contact Julia Lightner at jlightner@wlf.la.gov or(504) 286-4041.

June 28, 2013

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will open Elmer’s Island refuge for daytime public access starting at noon on Wednesday, July 3 and through Sunday, July 7, in consideration of the Fourth of July holiday. Specifically, operating hours will be observed as follows: 

  • Wednesday, July 3: Open from noon to 30 minutes after sunset
  • Thursday, July 4: Open 30 minutes before sunrise and closed 30 minutes after sunset
  • Friday, July 5: Open 30 minutes before sunrise and closed 30 minutes after sunset
  • Saturday, July 6: Open 30 minutes before sunrise and closed 30 minutes after sunset
  • Sunday, July 7: Open 30 minutes before sunrise and closed 30 minutes after sunset

Night-time access on the island remains closed and camping on the beach is strictly prohibited.

Following the special Fourth of July opening, public access to Elmer’s Island will revert back to the previously established schedule, open Friday through Sunday.

The only fishing activity allowed in the area is recreational, rod and reel (hook and line) fishing for finfish.

On September 4, 2012, LDWF announced an emergency closure of coastal waters due to the emergence of a large tar mat and concentrations of tar balls on adjacent beaches, including the area of Elmer’s Island. The closure prohibits commercial and recreational fishing within these waters except for recreational and charter boat angling. The harvest of live bait by wholesale/retail seafood dealers who hold a special bait dealers permit and who harvest live bait for sale to recreational fishermen exclusively is also permitted. A map of the closed area can be found here:

VIEW MAP OF CLOSURE AREA

The following activities are strictly prohibited on Elmer’s Island:

  • All commercial fishing
  • Recreational harvest of shrimp, crabs and oysters
  • Camping
  • Night-time access

Although the beach will be open during the Fourth of July holiday for day-time public access, workers and state officials will continue to monitor the shoreline in order to continue to respond to oiling impacts. Any sightings of oil should be reported to LDWF at (800) 442-2511 and the National Response Center (NRC) at (800) 424-8802.

LDWF asks the public not to cross areas covered with water. Winds and wave energy from Hurricane Isaac created washovers which can be covered in water during high tides.

For more information regarding the special holiday opening, please contact Julia Lightner at jlightner@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-4041.

 

May 30, 2013

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is temporarily opening the state-owned portion of Elmer’s Island refuge on weekends for day-time public access only. Road access to Elmer’s Island beach will open 30 minutes before sunrise on Fridays and will close 30 minutes after sunset on Sundays. Elmer’s Island will remain closed during all other times and all previously established temporary openings are no longer in place.

This opening will provide access to most of the shoreline of Elmer’s Island during the weekend. Night-time access on the island remains closed and camping on the beach is strictly prohibited.

The only fishing activity allowed in the area is recreational, rod, and reel (hook and line) fishing for finfish.

On September 4, 2012, LDWF announced an emergency closure of coastal waters due to the emergence of a large tar mat and concentrations of tar balls on adjacent beaches, including the area of Elmer’s Island. The closure prohibits commercial and recreational fishing within these waters except for recreational and charter boat angling. The harvest of live bait by wholesale/retail seafood dealers who hold a special bait dealers permit and who harvest live bait for sale to recreational fishermen exclusively is also permitted. A map of the closed area can be found here:

VIEW MAP OF CLOSURE AREA

The following activities are strictly prohibited on Elmer’s Island:

•             All commercial fishing

•             Recreational harvest of shrimp, crabs and oysters.

•             Camping

•             Night-time access

Although the beach will be open on weekends for day-time public access, workers and state officials will continue to monitor the shoreline in order to continue to respond to oiling impacts. The probationary opening will be assessed following any known re-oiling events or any severe weather events, and is subject to reconsideration. Any sightings of oil should be reported to LDWF at (800) 442-2511 and the National Response Center (NRC) at (800) 424-8802.

LDWF asks the public not to cross areas covered with water. Winds and wave energy from Hurricane Isaac created washovers which can be covered in water during high tides.

For more information regarding the weekend openings, please contact Julia Lightner at jlightner@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-4041.

May 24, 2013

Important Information

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is opening Elmer’s Island refuge for the Memorial Day weekend. The Island will be open as of Friday, May 24 and will remain open through Monday, May 27. This opening will provide access to most of the shoreline of Elmer’s Island during the Memorial Day weekend.

After the Memorial Day weekend, Elmer’s Island will revert back to the previously established probationary opening, which includes the area at the end of the access road and continues approximately 0.5 miles to the east. Areas that will remain closed following the Memorial Day weekend opening will be clearly marked (see information on the May 17, 2013 opening below).

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is extending the probationary opening of a section of beach along Elmer’s Island refuge for 30 additional days. The open section remains the same, and includes the area at the end of the access road and continues approximately 0.5 miles to the east.  Areas that will remain closed will be clearly marked.

Road access to Elmer’s Island beach opens 30 minutes before sunrise and closes 30 minutes after sunset seven days a week. Night-time access on the island remains closed and camping on the beach is strictly prohibited.

The only fishing activity allowed in the area is recreational, rod, and reel (hook and line) fishing for finfish. On September 4, 2012, LDWF announced an emergency closure of coastal waters due to the emergence of a large tar mat and concentrations of tar balls on adjacent beaches, including the area of Elmer’s Island. The following activities are prohibited:

•             All commercial fishing

•             Recreational harvest of shrimp, crabs and oysters.

•             Camping

•             Night-time access

The harvest of live bait by wholesale/retail seafood dealers who hold a special bait dealers permit and who harvest live bait for sale to recreational fishermen exclusively is also permitted.

Although the beach will be open during the Memorial Day weekend for day-time public access, workers and state officials will continue to monitor the shoreline in order to continue to respond to oiling impacts. Any sightings of oil should be reported to LDWF at (800) 442-2511 and the National Response Center (NRC) at (800) 424-8802.

LDWF asks the public not to cross areas covered with water. Winds and wave energy from Hurricane Isaac created washovers which can be covered in water during high tides.

For more information regarding the Memorial Day weekend opening, please contact Julia Lightner at jlightner@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-4041.

May 17, 2013

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is extending the probationary opening of a section of beach along Elmer’s Island refuge for 30 additional days. The open section remains the same, and includes the area at the end of the access road and continues approximately 0.5 miles to the east.  Areas that will remain closed will be clearly marked.

Road access to Elmer’s Island beach opens 30 minutes before sunrise and closes 30 minutes after sunset seven days a week. Night-time access on the island remains closed and camping on the beach is strictly prohibited.

The only fishing activity allowed in the area is recreational, rod, and reel (hook and line) fishing for finfish. On September 4, 2012, LDWF announced an emergency closure of coastal waters due to the emergence of a large tar mat and concentrations of tar balls on adjacent beaches, including the area of Elmer’s Island. The following activities are prohibited:

  • All commercial fishing
  • Recreational harvest of shrimp, crabs and oysters.
  • Camping
  • Night-time access

The harvest of live bait by wholesale/retail seafood dealers who hold a special bait dealers permit and who harvest live bait for sale to recreational fishermen exclusively is also permitted.

Although the beach will be open for day-time public access, workers and state officials will continue to monitor the shoreline in order to continue to respond to oiling impacts. The probationary opening will be assessed after a period of 30 days, and is subject to reconsideration. Any sightings of oil should be reported to LDWF at (800) 442-2511 and the National Response Center (NRC) at (800) 424-8802.

For a map detailing the specific areas open click here: (link is below)

http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/document/36381-elmlsland-spa/ldwf_elmersisland_spa_021913.pdf

For more information regarding this probationary opening, please contact Julia Lightner at jlightner@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-4041. For future updates on the probationary opening of Elmer’s Island beach, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/.

April 18, 2013

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is extending the probationary opening of a section of beach along Elmer’s Island refuge for 30 additional days. The open section remains the same, and includes the area at the end of the access road and continues approximately 0.5 miles to the east.  Areas that will remain closed will be clearly marked.

Road access to Elmer’s Island beach opens 30 minutes before sunrise and closes 30 minutes after sunset seven days a week. Night-time access on the island remains closed and camping on the beach is strictly prohibited.

The only fishing activity allowed in the area is recreational, rod, and reel (hook and line) fishing for finfish. On September 4, 2012, LDWF announced an emergency closure of coastal waters due to the emergence of a large tar mat and concentrations of tar balls on adjacent beaches, including the area of Elmer’s Island. The following activities are prohibited:

  • All commercial fishing
  • Recreational harvest of shrimp, crabs and oysters.
  • Camping
  • Night-time access

The harvest of live bait by wholesale/retail seafood dealers who hold a special bait dealers permit and who harvest live bait for sale to recreational fishermen exclusively is also permitted.

Although the beach will be open for day-time public access, workers and state officials will continue to monitor the shoreline in order to continue to respond to oiling impacts. The probationary opening will be assessed after a period of 30 days, and is subject to reconsideration. Any sightings of oil should be reported to LDWF at (800) 442-2511 and the National Response Center (NRC) at (800) 424-8802.

For a map detailing the specific areas open click here: (link is below)

http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/document/36381-elmlsland-spa/ldwf_elmersisland_spa_021913.pdf

For more information regarding this probationary opening, please contact Julia Lightner at jlightner@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-4041. For future updates on the probationary opening of Elmer’s Island beach, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/.

 

March 20, 2013

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is extending the probationary opening of a section of beach along Elmer’s Island refuge for a period of 30 additional days. The open section remains the same, and includes the area at the end of the access road and continues approximately 0.5 miles to the east.  Areas that will remain closed will be clearly marked.

Road access to Elmer’s Island beach opens 30 minutes before sunrise and closes 30 minutes after sunset seven days a week. Night-time access on the island remains closed and camping on the beach is strictly prohibited.

The only fishing activity allowed in the area is recreational, rod and reel (hook and line) fishing for finfish. On September 4, 2012, LDWF announced an emergency closure of coastal waters due to the emergence of a large tar mat and concentrations of tar balls on adjacent beaches, including the area of Elmer’s Island.

The following activities are prohibited:

  • All commercial fishing
  • Recreational harvest of shrimp, crabs and oysters.
  • Camping
  • Night-time access

The harvest of live bait by wholesale/retail seafood dealers who hold a special bait dealers permit and who harvest live bait for sale to recreational fishermen exclusively is also permitted.

Although the beach will be open for day-time public access, workers and state officials will continue to monitor the shoreline in order to continue to respond to oiling impacts. The probationary opening will be assessed after a period of 30 days (April 18, 2013), and is subject to reconsideration. Any sightings of oil should be reported to LDWF at (800) 442-2511 and the National Response Center (NRC) at (800) 424-8802.

For a map detailing the specific areas open click HERE.

For more information regarding this probationary opening, please contact Julia Lightner at jlightner@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-4041. For future updates on the probationary opening of Elmer’s Island beach, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/.

March 1, 2013

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is extending the probationary opening of a section of beach along Elmer’s Island refuge for a period of 20 days. The open section remains the same, and includes the area at the end of the access road and continues approximately 0.5 miles to the east.  Areas that will remain closed will be clearly marked.

Road access to Elmer’s Island beach opens 30 minutes before sunrise and closes 30 minutes after sunset seven days a week. Night-time access on the island remains closed and camping on the beach is strictly prohibited.

The only fishing activity allowed in the area is recreational, rod and reel (hook and line) fishing for finfish. On September 4, 2012, LDWF announced an emergency closure of coastal waters due to the emergence of a large tar mat and concentrations of tar balls on adjacent beaches, including the area of Elmer’s Island.

The following activities are prohibited:

  • All commercial fishing
  • Recreational harvest of shrimp, crabs and oysters.
  • Camping
  • Night-time access

The harvest of live bait by wholesale/retail seafood dealers who hold a special bait dealers permit and who harvest live bait for sale to recreational fishermen exclusively is also permitted.

Although the beach will be open for day-time public access, workers and state officials will continue to monitor the shoreline in order to continue to respond to oiling impacts. The probationary opening will be assessed after a period of 20 days, and is subject to reconsideration. Any sightings of oil should be reported to LDWF at (800) 442-2511 and the National Response Center (NRC) at (800) 424-8802.

For a map detailing the specific areas open click HERE.

For more information regarding this probationary opening, please contact Julia Lightner at jlightner@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-4041.  For future updates on the probationary opening of Elmer’s Island beach, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/.

February 19, 2013

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is temporarily opening a section of beach along the Elmer’s Island Refuge effective immediately. The open section will include the area at the end of the access road and continue approximately 0.5 miles to the east. Areas that will remain closed will be clearly marked.

After the opening, road access to Elmer’s Island opens 30 minutes before sunrise and closes 30 minutes after sunset seven days a week. Night-time access and fishing on the island remain closed, and camping on the beach is strictly prohibited.

The refuge was closed on August 26, 2012 in anticipation of Hurricane Isaac, and has remained closed due to road conditions and continual oiling events. Elmer’s Island continues to experience re-oiling and heavy clean-up operations are ongoing. Clean-up areas will be clearly marked.  Visitors are asked to exercise caution when accessing this area.

Although the beach will be open for day-time public access, workers and state officials will continue to monitor the shoreline in order to continue to respond to oiling impacts. The probationary opening will be assessed after a period of 10 days, and is subject to reconsideration. Any sightings of oil should be reported to LDWF at (800) 442-2511 and the National Response Center (NRC) at (800) 424-8802.

LDWF asks the public not to cross areas covered with water. Winds and wave energy from Hurricane Isaac created washovers which can be covered in water during high tides.

For a map detailing the specific areas open click HERE.

For more information please contact Julia Lightner at jlightner@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-4041.

About the Island

Elmer's Island Wildlife Refuge, owned and maintained by the state of Louisiana, is a 230-acre tract of barrier beachfront located on the southwestern tip of Jefferson Parish. It is located directly across Caminada Pass from Grand Isle, LA.

The property, historically known as Goat Island and referred to as Elmer's Island since the 1970s, is well known for the excellent fishing opportunities it has provided over the years for many popular species such as speckled and white trout, flounder, redfish, channel mullet, black drum, croaker, Spanish mackerel and many other species that frequent the State's coastal beaches and passes. It also provides non-consumptive outdoor opportunities to observe wading, shore and seabirds as well as coastal marine life.

Management is provided by LDWF Marine Fisheries Division biologists and technicians stationed on Grand Isle. Additionally, the LDWF Enforcement Division patrols the property to ensure compliance with refuge regulations. 

How to Get There

The public can access Elmer's Island Wildlife Refuge via an access road connecting La Hwy. 1 to the refuge beach area.

In addition, the department has installed concrete mats that extend for 680 feet beyond the existing roadway onto the beach and measure 16 feet in width with a small turning area located at the end. The mats were installed to provide convenient and safer beach travel. 

Boat access to the island is an option for public day-use seven days a week. Those accessing the island via water can do so from 30 minutes before sunrise through 30 minutes after sunset.

Rules & Regulations

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

  • 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.
  • No person shall possess any glass bottles, glass drink containers or other glass products.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • No person shall be in areas marked as restricted by signs posted by the department.
  • 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.
  • Non-consumptive users need no permits of any kind for beachcombing, picnicking, swimming, etc. Anyone fishing recreationally will need a fishing license if over the age of 16. 

Protecting Resources

What can you do to help reduce marine litter?

  • Take reusable items and less trash or throw-away containers to the beach.
  • At the beach, be sure to recycle what you can and throw the rest of your trash away. Do not leave anything on the beach when you leave.
  • Pick up debris that others have left.
  • When fishing, take all nets, gear and other materials back onshore.
  • If you smoke, take your butts with you, disposing of them in the trash.
  • When boating, stow and secure all trash on the vessel.
  • Participate in local clean-ups.

For more information, contact Julia Lightner at jlightner@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-4041

Boy crabbing
Boy making sand castle
Concrete mats 1
Concrete mats 2
Family sun soaking
Girl on board
Man fishing in water
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Elmers island
Elmers island
Scenic - Elmers Island (birds fly)
Elmers island