Columbus Day Closures
All park sites closed Monday, October 13, for Columbus Day. Follow the link for information about park hours and days and about access to the Barataria Preserve and Chalmette Battlefield/Chalmette National Cemetery on holidays. 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?
Tourism has been big business in New Orleans for decades. Before the Civil War, the top must-see site on everyone's New Orleans list was its port, one of the world's busiest at the time. (Early 1800s guides for travelers actually used the term "must-see!")