Anglers used to driving on Elmer’s Island to partake in surf fishing for speckled trout later in the spring better be prepared to walk — access to the east side of the island will be restricted while active construction continues on the Caminada Headland Beach and Dune Restoration Project.

According to a press release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, a parking area at the end of the access road will be available for visitors who would like to access the beach to the east by foot. Areas to the west of the access road will remain closed to all visitors while restoration activities continue. 

“We understand the inconvenience to fishermen and recreational users,” said Charlie Melancon, LDWF secretary, in the release. “However, once completed, this restored beach will offer visitors a pristine recreational area for many years to come.”

The state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority is in the process of rebuilding the 13-mile stretch of beach and dune from Belle Pass eastward to Caminada Pass. The project is restoring approximately 800 acres of beach and dune habitat using more than 8.4 million cubic yards of sand barged in from Ship Shoal, a site 30 miles to the southeast in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The project is the largest coastal restoration project ever constructed by the CPRA with a price tag of more than $200 million, the release states.

To view a map of the area to be closed, click here.