Laws & Policies

Body Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve (Jean Lafitte NHP&P) and New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park (New Orleans Jazz NHP) utilize CCTV in accordance with National Park Service (NPS) Law Enforcement Reference Manual 9 Chapter 26. The NPS’s use of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) for law enforcement and security purposes will only be to visually monitor public park areas and public activities where no constitutionally protected reasonable expectation of privacy exists. Such CCTV use – which will have adequate privacy and First Amendment safeguards – will be to help ensure public safety and security; facilitate the detection, investigation, prevention, and deterrence of terrorist attack and crime; help ensure the safety of citizens and officers; help assist in the proper allocation and deployment of law enforcement and public safety resources; and, help facilitate the protection of the innocent and the apprehension and prosecution of criminals.

1.5 (a) (1) Operating Hours
The hours of operation are subject to change due to inclement weather, emergencies, or special events. Notice of change to the hours of operation will be posted on
WWW.NPS.GOV/JELA on WWW.NPS.GOV/JAZZ in accordance with 36 CFR 1.7.

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve Acadian Cultural Center (ACC-Lafayette)
Open Tuesday-Friday 9:00 am-4:30 pm and Saturday 8:30 am-12:00 pm. Closed federal holidays and Mardi Gras *. Closed last Saturday in October**

Barataria Preserve (Marrero)
Open Wednesday-Sunday 9:30 am-4:30 pm. Closed federal holidays and Mardi Gras *. Parking Areas are open seven (7) days a week 9:00 am-5:00 pm.

Chalmette Battlefield (Chalmette)
Open seven (7) days a week 9:00 am-4:00 pm.
Visitor Center is open Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day.
Closed all other federal holidays and Mardi Gras *.
On federal holidays the gates are open 9:30 am-3:30 pm except for Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day, when gates are open 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Chalmette National Cemetery (Chalmette)
Open year-round sunrise to sunset.

Headquarters (French Quarter 419 Decatur St.)
Open Monday-Friday 8:00 am-4:30 pm.
Closed federal holidays and Mardi Gras*.

Laura C. Hudson Visitor Center (French Quarter 419 Decatur St.)
Open Tuesday-Saturday 9:00 am-4:30 pm.
Closed federal holidays and Mardi Gras *.

Prairie Acadian Cultural Center (PACC - Eunice)
Open Wednesday-Friday 9:30 am-4:30 pm and Saturday 11:30 am - 8:00 pm. Closed federal holidays.
Closed last Saturday in October**.

Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center (WACC - Thibodaux)
Open Monday-Tuesday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm, Wednesday-Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. (call center for dates.)
Closed on federal holidays and Mardi Gras *.

New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park
Visitor Center (French Quarter 916 N. Peters St.)
Open Tuesday-Thursday 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Closed federal holidays and Mardi Gras *.

*Closures for Mardi Gras are determined annually based on site accessibility and safety for visitors and employees. Announcements will be posted accordingly.
** Closures of the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center and the Acadian Cultural Center annually on the last Saturday of October are for the Experience Louisiana Festival on the campus of
LSU-Eunice as all staff, operations, and programming are moved to the festival grounds.
1.6 (a) Permits
When authorized by regulations set forth in 36 CFR Chapter 1, the Superintendent may issue a permit to authorize an otherwise prohibited or restricted activity or impose a public use limit. The activity authorized by a permit shall be consistent with applicable legislation, Federal regulations and administrative policies, and based upon a determination that public health and safety, environmental or scenic values, natural or cultural resources, scientific research, implementation of management responsibilities, proper allocation and use of facilities, or the avoidance of conflict among visitor use activities will not be adversely impacted. Certain park facilities may be available for use with a special use permit. See Appendix B for a description of park facilities available for use with a special use permit.
Any questions regarding permits or requests for a special use permit should be directed to the permit coordinator at 504-589-3882.
Applications for special use permits are available at
2.1(c)(1) Gathering of natural products for personal use and consumption: Only the natural items listed may be gathered. Up to one (1) gallon per person of the following natural products may be gathered for personal use and consumption: Dewberries and blackberries (Rubus sp.), muscadine and other wild grapes (Vitaceae), , elderberries (Sambucus Canadensis), mulberries (Morus ssp.), pecans (Carya illinoiensis), pomegranates (Punica granatum). Up to one (1) quart per person of the following natural products may be gathered for personal use and consumption: edible mushrooms, maypops (Passiflora horridulum), persimmons (Diosoyros virginiana), and wild onions (Allium canadense).
2.2 (a) Protected species: All reptile and amphibian species are protected within the park.
2.2(b)(1) Wildlife that may be lawfully hunted: The following species may be legally hunted in designated hunting areas with a valid hunting permit and Louisiana State hunting license:
1. White Tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)
2. Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)
3. Swamp Rabbit (Sylvilagus aquaticus)
4. Wild Pig (Sus scrofa)
5. Nutria (Myocastor coypus)
6. Waterfowl (perestablished waterfowl game species. See 50 CFR part 20 for more information).
2.2(b)(3) Wildlife that may be lawfully trapped: The following species may be legally trapped within designated trapping areas with a valid park trapping permit and Louisiana state trapping permit:
1. Nutria (Myocastor coypus)
2. Common Muskrat (Ondatra zibethica)
3. Nothern Raccoon (Procyon lotor)
4. North American Mink (Mustela vison)
5. Neartic River Otter (lutra canadnesis)
6. Swamp Rabbit (Sylvilagus aquaticus)
7. Virginia Opossum (Didelphis virginiana)
2.2(e) Viewing wildlife with artificial light: Viewing wildlife with artificial light is prohibited except when engaged in park sanctioned activities within all areas of the park.
2.4(b)(1)(iii) Hoop nets are prohibited:29 The use of a hoop net to capture fish is prohibited within all areas of the Barataria Preserve.
2.13(a)(1) Lighting fires:30 The lighting or maintaining of a fire is prohibited within all areas of the parks except on cooking grills in designated picnic areas.
2.15(a)(1) Pets are prohibited within any facility such as visitor center, comfort station, courtyard, or trail as well as on the grounds of the Chalmette National Cemetery.
The following exceptions apply and in all cases, the pet owner is responsible for cleaning up any pet excrement:
1. Service animals as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act are authorized in park administered facilities.
2. Pets are authorized in parking lots while on a leash.
3. Pets are authorized while on a leash on the Chalmette Battlefield grounds, on the grounds of the three Acadian Cultural Centers in Thibodaux, Lafayette, and Eunice Eunice and on the Barataria Preserve Visitor Center Deck.
2.21(a) Smoking: The Superintendent may at any time prohibit smoking in an area when necessary to protect park resources, mitigate fire risk, protect employees and visitors from second hand (ETS) smoke exposure, and prevent conflict from among employees and visitors.
Smoking is defined as the use and carrying of a lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe, electronic vaporizer, or other tobacco product.
The Superintendent has designated the following areas closed to smoking:
1. All government owned or leased structures.
2. All government owned or leased vehicles, heavy machines, vessels, or tractors.
3. The parks’ headquarters carriageway, courtyard, and bathrooms.
4. Within 25 feet of any entrance or exit used by the public, or where smoking would result in smoke travelling through doorways, windows, air ducts, or other openings.
For additional information see 2009 NPS Director’s Order 50D 4.1.1
2.21(a) Designated smoking areas: The following areas are designated smoking areas for employees, volunteers, and researchers:
• Park Headquarters - the small gated area at the rear of the courtyard.
• ACC – Lafayette - at the end of the low brick wall adjacent to the emergency parking area.
• PACC – Eunice - covered front patio 25 feet from the main entrance.
• WACC - Thibodaux - 25 feet from the theater greenroom entrance.
• Barataria Preserve
- Visitor Center - rear boardwalk immediately behind and adjacent to the Site Supervisor’s office.
- Maintenance Facility - 25 feet from both the main entrance and the flammable material storage areas.
- Education Center - 25 feet from the rear entrance of the facility.
• Chalmette Battlefield and National Cemetery
- Visitor Center - 25 feet from the side employee entrance.
- Malus-Beauregard House - 25 feet from the main entrance of the building.
- Carriage House and Superintendent’s Lodge - 25 feet from the main entrances of both buildings.
• New Orleans Jazz NHP Visitor Center - 25 feet from the main entrance of the facility.
2.35(a)(3)(i) Consumption of alcoholic beverages: The consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited within any land area or facility administered by Jean Lafitte NHP&P and New Orleans Jazz NHP. Alcoholic beverages may be permitted with a permit issued by the Superintendent. The consumption of alcoholic beverages on a vessel while afloat is permitted to the extent that the operator is not legally impaired.
2.50(a) Sports events, pageants, regattas, public spectator attractions, entertainments, ceremonies and similar events are allowed, provided there is a meaningful association between
the park area and the events, and the observance contributes to visitor understanding of the significance of the park area, and a permit therefor has been issued by the Superintendent.
2.51(c) Designated available park areas. The following locations are designated as available for demonstrations under this section, and for the sale of distribution of printed matter under
section 2.52. These activities may require a permit and may not interfere with foot traffic or block any public entrance. Detailed maps of specific areas are available in Appendix C or upon
• ACC - Lafayette parking area
• PACC - Eunice patio separating the Visitor Center and Liberty Theatre
• WACC - Thibodaux parking area
• Barataria Preserve Visitor Center bus parking area
• Chalmette Battlefield and National Cemetery parking pullout along the battlefield road
• Laura C. Hudson Visitor Center courtyard area
• New Orleans Jazz NHP Visitor Center: demonstration area as designated by the City of New Orleans.
2.62(b) Memorialization of human remains:
Arrangements for the scattering of human ashes from cremation are requested through the special use permit process and will be handled on an individual, case-by-case basis. See 36 CFR 12.5 and NPS Reference Manual 61 for additional information concerning interment in the Chalmette National Cemetery.
4.10(a) Operating a vehicle off road is prohibited:33 No vehicles shall operate off of established public roadways without prior authorization from the Superintendent.
4.21(b) Speed Limits:
The following area is designated as five (5) miles per hour speed limit:
• Barataria Preserve Visitor Center parking area
The following roads are designated as 15 miles per hour speed limit:
• Barataria Preserve Pecan Grove Road
• Chalmette Battlefield Road
• Chalmette Battlefield Loop Road
• Chalmette National Cemetery Road
4.30(a) Use of bicycles is only permitted on park roads and in parking areas.
Jug line fishing: Fishing with an unattended baited line attached to a float (jug line fishing) is permitted within the Barataria Preserve with the following conditions:
1. The angler clearly marks the float with their name, phone number, and date last set.
2. Jug lines are checked at least once every 24 hours.
3. Jug lines are removed when no longer tended.
4. Trotlines and lines attached to anything other than a float are prohibited.
Crabbing: The taking of crabs by means of a trap is permitted within the Barataria Preserve with the following conditions:
1. The trapper has a valid Louisiana State fishing license with a recreational crab trap
2. The trapper clearly marks the float of the trap with their name, phone number, and
date last set.
3. The trapper sets no more than ten (10) traps per person. Setting 11 or more traps is
considered commercial crabbing under Louisiana State law and requires a NPS park
4. The trapper checks the traps at least twice a week.
5. The trapper removes the traps when no longer tended.
6. Recreational crabbing possession limit is 12 dozen (144) crabs per person per day.
Crawfish harvesting is permitted in the Barataria Preserve along road side areas and along the Wood Duck trail, subject to the following harvesting conditions:
1. Crawfish harvesting occurs between March 1 and June 30.
2. Conducted up to 50 feet beyond the outside toe of the roadway, or trail shoulder, or embankment.
3. Conducted while using baited lift type mesh nets or baited wire traps. All other types of traps are prohibited.
4. Anglers are limited to ten (10) or fewer nets or traps. Each trap must be continuously attended.
5. Anglers require a valid State of Louisiana fishing license with a gear endorsement to harvest crawfish within the Barataria Preserve if using crawfish traps.
6. The use of crawfish nets does not require a State of Louisiana fishing license.
7. Anglers are limited to 150 pounds of crawfish per person.

Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances.

No firearms, whether concealed or carried openly, are allowed in any National Park Services facilities in Louisiana (Federal Law 18 USC 930). Facilities include buildings, structures, offices, and locations where ranger programs are conducted.

Q. Why are people allowed to have firearms in some national parks?

A. A new federal law (Sec. 512 of P.L. 111-24), effective February 22, 2010, makes national parks – and national wildlife refuges – subject to applicable federal, state, and local firearms laws. The law is a provision of the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009, which was passed by Congress and signed by the President in May 2009.

Q. How do I know when I’m in a national park?

A: National parks will generally have signs indicating that you are entering a national park. In backcountry areas or large expanses such as those in Great Smoky Mountains National Park or Yellowstone National Park, it is up to the individual to know where he or she is and the laws of that state.

Q. I am going to a park that spans two states; can I choose which state’s laws to abide by?

A: No. It is up to individuals to know the laws of the state they are in and where they are in the park.

Q. What was the law before? Could I bring in an unloaded firearm?

A. You could carry a firearm in many Alaskan national parks and in a limited number of other national parks that allow hunting (when the firearm was brought for the purpose of hunting). Also, people who travelled with firearms could have an unloaded firearm that was rendered inoperable and packed, cased, or stowed when their travels took them through a national park.

Q. Can I have a firearm in every park after February 22, 2010?

A. No. If you can legally possess a firearm in the state in which the national park in located, you can possess it in that park on and after February 22, 2010. It is up to visitors to understand the requirements of federal law and the laws of the states/localities they live in and are travelling to (or through). Park websites offer basic information about the applicable state law(s) and will generally include a link to a state website with more information.

Q. Can I take a firearm anywhere I go in the park?

A. No. Federal law prohibits firearms in “federal facilities,” which are generally defined as federally-owned or -leased buildings where federal employees work on a regular basis. Buildings that meet this definition will have signs posted at public entrances noting the prohibition on firearms. In addition, privately-owned or -operated facilities within park boundaries may not allow firearms, consistent with the laws of that state.

Q. I’ve got my firearm, can I hunt while I’m here?

A. The new law does not change hunting regulations and laws. A limited number of national parks allow hunting. You must adhere to the park’s hunting rules and regulations, which are generally available on a park’s website.

Q. I have a permit from my home state to carry a concealed firearm, does that allow me to carry a firearm in a state I am visiting?

A. Some permits are recognized in multiple states, many are not. It is up to the individual to know which states accept his or her concealed carry permit.

Q. I am worried that having firearms in national parks will affect the safety of my family and the experience we hope to have. Should I still come?

A. For nearly 100 years, the mission of the National Park Service has been to protect and preserve the parks and to help visitors enjoy them. The parks belong to all Americans. Our commitment is to administer the law, administer it fairly, and to ensure the safety of our visitors, the parks and their resources, while all visitors enjoy these special places.

Superintendent's Orders (pdf) updated December 10, 2019

Last updated: December 12, 2019

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