Renovation of the Island Road boat launch at Pointe-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Terrebonne Parish has been completed and is open to the public, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced.
The boat launch is part of a project that also includes five fishing pier sites and parking along Island Road in Terrebonne Parish, a 2.5-mile stretch between Louisiana Highway 665 and Isle de Jean Charles that allows access to Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA.
LDWF and Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), in collaboration with the EPA and the Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group (LA TIG), partnered together on the $3 million project funded by 2010 BP oil spill Natural Resources Damage Assessment (NRDA) money specifically allocated to mitigate for lost recreational opportunities due to the spill.
“This project highlights how cooperative efforts help move this state forward,” said LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet. “What has been accomplished here is a state-of-the-art location where anglers can fish, mingle and take advantage of the bounty in our Sportsman’s Paradise.”
The boat launch is a renovation of the existing launch area near Highway 665. It includes parking for up to 12 trucks and trailers and one handicap accessible parking spot. The launch is 30 feet wide into water depths of approximately six to seven feet. Each of the five newly constructed road-side fishing sites has two piers that are eight feet wide by 56 feet long. Each site has parking for 11 vehicles.
Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA is located in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes about 15 miles southeast of Houma off Louisiana Highway 665. For more information on this WMA, go to https://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/page/pointeauxchenes.