THEN & NOW - SPRING 2021
Island Road Boat Launch At Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA Gets Renovation As Public Recreational Opportunity Increases
by TREY ILES, LDWF Public Information
Pointe-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area is located smack dab in some of the best redfish habitat around. Located in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes, fishermen from throughout the region congregate at Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA to catch redfish and other estuarine species as well as freshwater fish. They’re rarely let down.
That’s why the recent completion of a project to increase fishing and boating opportunity on and near the WMA was so important.
Renovation of the Island Road boat launch at Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA in the Terrebonne Parish portion of the WMA was completed at the end of 2020 and is open to the public, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced in December.
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.”
“Island Road is a narrow two-lane road across open water with minimal shoulders to park along, creating a somewhat precarious situation,” said Chip Kline, chairman of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. “Now that this project is complete, our fishermen have ample parking, piers to fish from and a boat launch to increase public access to this incredible resource.”
“Now our residents can enjoy great fishing and crabbing without fear for their safety,” said State Representative Tanner Magee, who represents the district. “Rec-use projects like these are great for those who want to enjoy all our parish has to offer. And thanks to our partnership with CPRA, LDWF and the LA-TIG, this project was able to be completed at no taxpayer expense.”
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. Recreational fishing on Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA is excellent for inland saltwater fish species, crabs and shrimp. Freshwater fish are available in the more northern portions of the WMA.
And the WMA features hunting with available game species including waterfowl, deer, rabbit, squirrel, rails, gallinules and snipe.
For more information on this wildlife management area, go to www.wlf.la.gov/page/pointeauxchenes.
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