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 »
Boat Tours of Bayou Lafourche
Cruise into Louisiana's past on a boat tour of Bayou Lafourche with a National Park Service ranger. Locally known as "the longest street in the world" in honor of the towns and homes along its banks, Bayou Lafourche once served as a major thoroughfare in watery south Louisiana.
Boat tours are offered in spring and fall; fall 2014 cruising season is October 6 through November 28 when weather permits. Cruises cast off from the dock behind the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center, 314 St. Mary Street in Thibodaux. Travel to
Reservations are required; call the center at 985-448-1375. Tours are limited to 20 people (minimum of eight). Tour participants should dress for a day in the sun and arrive by 9:30 a.m. Group boat tours are available by reservation. No tours on federal holidays when the center is closed.
Did You Know?
Lubber grasshoppers are sometimes known as devil's horses in south Louisiana. They lay their eggs in the fall and prefer loose dirt, so they often lay their eggs in cemeteries. These enormous flightless grasshoppers hatch in spring and spend the summer munching their way through vegetation.