Port Sulphur Civic Drive Fishing Pier project complete

Construction of the new Port Sulphur Civic Drive Fishing Pier in Plaquemines Parish is complete. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new pier will be held Friday, Jan. 29, at 11 a.m. at 410 Civic Drive, Port Sulphur.

Plaquemines Parish administered the project which included the construction of a wooden fishing pier – including covered areas and lighting – as well as an improved parking area. The new pier features 54 feet of gangway and approximately 185 feet of pier over the water.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) provided $150,000 in funds through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Sport Fish Restoration Program for this project; Plaquemines Parish provided an additional $50,000.

“We chose this project because this area has become a very popular place to fish, and we are always looking for ways to expand fishing opportunities for our residents,” said LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet. “This pier provides marsh fishing opportunities for anglers who do not have access to a boat.”

There is also a free public launch adjacent to the new pier. In addition to the public launch, Plaquemines Parish Coastal Resource Department will be adding an additional feature – a living oyster reef. The oyster reef will be added directly under the pier. Completion of the project is set for the end of 2021.

“The pier gives fishermen great access to salt-water fishing,” said John Helmers, Plaquemines Parish Coastal Restoration Director. “We are making great strides in opening up access to the parish’s waterfronts. We are so grateful for federal funding, the support of the Parish President, and the support of Councilman Carlton LaFrance in District 7 — where the pier is located.”

“The new Civic Drive Pier is a place where you can sit, bring your family for a day of fishing, and enjoy time together,” said Parish President Kirk Lepine “It is one of the most exciting waterfront enhancements the parish has seen in decades. I think the pier is a great addition to Plaquemines Parish. Thank you to our state partners, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) for their continuous support. Through a pandemic and many obstacles, we were able to work together and see this project to fruition.”

Plaquemines Parish Council Chairman, Carlton LaFrance expressed, “I am excited that this new attraction is ready for the public to enjoy. The people of this community deserve such a destination – as we are known for having the best fishing in Louisiana.”