Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Closures
All park sites except Chalmette Battlefield/Chalmette National Cemetery closed Tuesday, November 11, for Veterans Day. All park sites closed on Thanksgiving, November 27. Follow the link for more on park hours and days. More »
One of the realities of life on the Gulf Coast is hurricane season. Every year residents watch and wait. In recent years, several hurricanes have had significant impacts on Jean Lafitte.
Hurricane Isaac hit Louisiana in 2012 on the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Although Isaac was a Category 1 hurricane, its slow pace created a major impact. Learn more here.
In 2008, Hurricanes Gustav and Ike blew through south Louisiana with high winds and coastal flooding.There was little damage to structures, but widespread power outages forced some park sites to remain closed for nearly three weeks.
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita slammed into the Gulf Coast in fall 2005, the biggest disaster in modern American history.
Did You Know?
The opossum is North America's only native marsupial! The female will carry young in her pouch for 2-3 months and then on her back another 1-2 months. A female will usually have 7-8 babies, and each one latches onto one of 13 teats in her pouch.