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Jefferson is a sportsman's paradise. Whether it's a quiet get away fishing, an adventurous deep water excursion, or hunting for buck that you seek, come Experience Jefferson! The diverse region of Jefferson allows you the ability to explore nature yet remain close enough to the action of the city. You can fish within minutes of your hotel at Lafreniere Park or in the serene setting of Lafitte, a fishermen's delight. Cast from a charter boat off the coast of Grand Isle, home of the Annual International Tarpon Rodeo; or hunt in Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve.

Adventure awaits in the 580-acre Bayou Segnette State Park. A great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, located just minutes away. Nestled on the banks of Bayou Segnette, the park's extensive grounds comprise the most popular state park in Louisiana. Spend the day swimming and splashing in the wavepool, then, spend the night camping along the banks of Bayou Segnette in a quaint cabin. Or, perhaps you prefer a night beneath the stars along the beach of Grand Isle State Park. Hiking and nature trails abound throughout the parks and are waiting to be explored.

Jean Lafitte, New Orleans Jazz Tourism = $31.5 Million in Economic Benefit
A National Park Service (NPS) report notes that 419,694 visitors to Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve in 2012 spent over $22 million in communities near the park's six sites in Lafayette, Eunice, Thobodaux, and the greater New Orleans area, including Orleans, Jefferson and St. Bernard Parishes. That spending supported 317 area jobs. 

The report shows $14.7 billion of direct spending by 283 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 243,000 jobs nationally and had a cumulative benefit to the US economy of $26.75 billion.