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    Jean Lafitte

    National Historical Park and Preserve Louisiana

Closures & Construction

Operating hours and days for all park sites can be found here.

Barataria Preserve

  • Some waterways are currently impassable due to heavy growth of aquatic vegetation. Before you canoe or kayak the preserve, call the visitor center at 504-689-3690 ext. 10 to find out about waterway conditions.


Did You Know?

Vultures arrive on land.

Vultures do not have many predators. If an enemy does approach, the vulture will face its enemy and vomit. This inventive bird also has a unique way to stay cool: it urinates on its legs. The urine also helps kill any germs picked up while standing on a carcass.