Alerts & Conditions

What's Open

  • Chalmette Battlefield and National Cemetery (Chalmette)

    • Gates open 9AM - 4PM,7 days a week (9:30AM - 3:30PM on federal holidays)

    • Visitor Center open Friday-Sunday 10AM- 2:30PM

  • Barataria Preserve (Marrero)
    • Gates to parking lots open for trail access and restrooms available daily 9:00am-5:00pm.
    • Visitor Center open Friday-Sunday 10AM - 4PM
    • Trails on both sides of La. Hwy. 45 are open, with the exceptions of the Palmetto Trail, Loop A of the Plantation Trail, and the Ring Levee Trail. These are closed due to maintenance and unsafe conditions.
    • ** In the Pecan Grove area, the Plantation, Wood Duck, and Old Barataria Trails are usually wet and muddy, Visitors should exercise caution and use appropriate footwear.
    • Bayou des Familles canoe launch.
  • Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center (Thibodaux)
    • Thursday-Saturday 10AM – 4PM
  • Acadian Cultural Center (Lafayette)
    • Thursday-Saturday 10AM – 4PM

The park's Facebook page, with live stream music events, short ranger talks, and more.

What's Closed

These park locations remain closed due to maintenance:

  • French Quarter Visitor Center (New Orleans), visitor center and courtyard

  • Barataria Preserve (Marrero), some trails
    • The Ring Levee Trail and Loop A of the Plantation Trail remain closed due to maintenance.
    • The Palmetto Trail remains closed due to repairs. Several sections of the trail are damaged and will be replaced. Estimated time of re-opening is February 2021.
  • Prairie Acadian Cultural Center (Eunice), park grounds and visitor center

For your safety:

  • If it's an emergency, call 911 no matter where you are

  • If you need help for situations like suspicious activity, illegal dumping, poaching, etc., call 1-855-NPS-JELA (1-855-677-5352) for National Park Service Law Enforcement Response. Give the dispatcher your contact number and as much information as you can.

The health and safety of visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve are the park's number one priority. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance for the coronavirus/COVID 19 pandemic includes social distancing. If you are coming to the park, please choose to visit areas that are not crowded to allow for adequate social distancing.

As services are limited, the National Park Service urges visitors to:

  • Pack out everything you bring into a park.
  • Maintain social distance from other visitors.
  • Park safely off the road or highway.
  • If you encounter a crowded area, go elsewhere.

The National Park Service urges everyone to do their part when visiting a park and to follow CDC guidance to prevent the spread of infectious diseases by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups; cleaning your hands often; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; and most importantly, staying at home if you feel sick.

For information on non-emergency closures and construction at park sites, follow the link for details.

Last updated: January 23, 2021

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Mailing Address:

419 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70130


(504) 589-3882

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