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Grand Isle, Jefferson Parish Louisiana
Grand Isle - Louisiana's Only Inhabited Barrier Island!

At the Southern end of Highway 1, the seven magical miles of Grand Isle hold all the wonders that Louisiana nature can offer. Oleander and crepe myrtle, palms, ferns and windblown oak trees on Cheniere ridges welcome migrating birds in season. The marshes teem with aquatic life and water birds. On Grand Isle, time slows and the visitor can savor a unique Louisiana experience.

Europeans came to Grand Isle with Spanish land grants, and by the early 1800s there were active sugar and cotton plantations. But it was as a recreation spot that Grand Isle gained fame, as visitors from nearby New Orleans enjoyed the breezes and seawater while staying in early hotels. Writers Kate Chopin of "The Awakening" and Lafcadio Hearn of "Chita" both used the atmosphere of Grand Isle as a setting for nineteenth century fiction. Today's visitors find a thriving seaside community with petroleum and seafood industries as well as everything the visiting sportsman, tourist or camper could want.  

Grand Isle Sunset

The State of Louisiana maintains a mile of beachfront at Grand Isle State Park on the easternmost end of the island. The park looks out toward nearby Grand Terre island, once the lair of the legendary pirate (or smuggler, if you choose) Jean Lafitte and site of the ruins of U.S. Army Fort Livingston. Grand Isle State Park has a 400-foot long public fishing pier with a nearby fish-cleaning station. State officials say that over 280 species of fish are known to live in the waters around this sandy spur. The camping area of the park can accommodate up to 100 families or groups with nearby bathhouses with running water and an adjacent dump station.

Geaux Pass Louisiana Toll to Grand Isle

With GeauxPass  you can drive on Louisiana toll roads and enjoy non-stop driving without stopping to pay tolls. There is no better time to get a GeauxPass, since the LA 1 Expressway is open. With GeauxPass, driving is worry-free on your way to Grand Isle or Port Fourchon. In New Orleans, you just cruise through the Crescent City Connection.

Download more information. Customer Service:1-866-662-8987; Email: customerservice@geauxpass.com  

Fishing in Grand Isle
Fishing is a year long season with over 280 species. Cast a line from the shores of the beach, the Old Fishing Bridge, and at Grand Isle State Park's fishing pier. No boat, no problem! With over a dozen charter companies to choose from, join an experienced charter captain for a day of surf & sun. Don't miss your chance to reel in the big one at one of over 20 rodeos & tournaments including the oldest rodeo in the United States, the International Tarpon Rodeo. Held each year since 1928, the last weekend of July. 

Marinas and Bait Shops in Grand Isle
Bridgeside Marina
985-787-2419

Coastal Bait
985-691-9137

Ricky's Fishing Tackle
985-787-3532

Santiny's Bait
985-637-2539

Bad Boyz Charters
Capt. Joel Bradberry
504-382-0179
(Inland, Coastal)

Blue Marine Charters
Capt. James Stout
225-936-9627
(Offshore)

Brooks-Hooks Fishing Charters
Capt. Justin Brooks
225-485-7931
(Inland, Coastal)

Gotcha Charters
Capt. Bobby Terrebonne
985-870-2142
(Offshore)

Gotta Go Fishing Charters
Capt. Ricky Watts
225-921-3642
(Inland, Coastal)

Go Get ‘Em Charters
Capt. Jody Auenson
985-787-2067
(Inland)

H & M Charters
Capt. Jules Bellanger
985 258 3632
(Inland, Coastal)

Hard Times Charters
Capt. Mark Scardino
985-787-3529
(Inland, Coastal, Offshore)

Hook'em Fishing
Capt. Jay Anselmi
985-787-3247
(Inland, Coastal)

Hot Rods Guide Service
Capt. Craig Bielkiewicz
225-278-9107
(Inland, Coastal, Offshore)

Irwin's Guide Service
Capt. Irwin Callais
985-787-2625
(Inland, Coastal)

Laid Back Charter
Capt. Frank Dreher
225-202-2584
(Inland, Coastal, Offshore)

Pair-A-Dice Charters
Capt. Keith Bergeron
985-860-7855
(Inland, Coastal)

Premier Charters
Capt. Craig Matherne
504-416-5572
(Inland, Coastal)

Pure Pleasure Offshore Fishing Charters
Capt. Charles Toney
Capt. Bobby Terrebonne 
601-218-6267

Reel Screamers Guide Service
Capt. Daryl Carpenter
225-937-6288
(Inland, Coastal, Offshore)

South Coast Charters
Capt. Buddy Chauvin
337-578-0877
(Inland, Coastal)

Fish Cleaning Services
Pier Punks
985-665-6184
Slime Slingers
504- 415-0039

Birding in Grand Isle
In addition to the great fishing, boating, crabbing and fun in the sun, Grand Isle hosts the Annual Migratory Birding Festival.  Each spring (April) enjoy migration on island as you spot  songbirds in oak-hackberry woods, shorebirds and waders on beaches and marshes. Birdwatching tours, local seafood, displays & crafts. Free videos and birding trail maps. Fun for families, new and experienced birders.  Click here for more information on this annual event.

Wakeboarding in Grand Isle
Grand Isle's newest attraction - Wakeboard Park ! Wakeboard Park is located across LA 1 from Bridge Side Marina. Participants are pulled by rope attached to a cable system that provides a constant pulling speed, which is a big improvement over being pulled by a boat. It is easier to gain your balance and get up on the water. The run is about 600 feet and includes two jumps and a third water obstacle. Each ride lasts for as many laps as you can make in 10 minutes. The system can tow anything from skis, to wakeboards, to inner tubes.

Wakeboard Park is on the bay at Wake Side Marina. Call 985-309-6030 for details.

Grand Isle Tourist Commission
2757 LA Highway 1
Grand Isle LA 70358
Phone: 985-787-2997
www.grand-isle.com