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 About Jefferson Parish Fishing Communities & Historic Districts

Grand Isle, Jefferson's southern most tip has seven miles of beachfront. Beaches are a grand getaway for fishing, crabbing, boating & swimming. Offshore charter boat excursions are available as well as inland marsh fishing. Boasting over 280 species of fish, Grand Isle is a fisherman's paradise.

The State Park features camping, paddling, nature and bird watching trails, and an observation tower. Grand Isle is also home of the Grand Isle International Tarpon Rodeo, the oldest fishing tournament in the United States.

The Town of Jean Lafitte, a coastal community founded by the infamous pirate Jean Lafitte, is rich in history and tradition. Lafitte is best known for its scenic bayou hideaways and swamps, fish from the marshes and bayous, or take an exciting chartered excursion. Lafitte's Nature Study Boardwalk, a hidden gem, is an amazing one mile journey through beautiful plants and native animals.

The city of Westwego is steeped in history and abundant in nature, this unique metro area features the 600 acre Bayou Segnette State Park, with hiking & birding trails, a wavepool, campgrounds and fishing. The historic district features the Fisheries & Farmer's Market offering the catch of the day, fresh seafood, produce and local art.

Marrero's Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve, offers bayous, swamps, hardwood forests and over eight miles of boardwalk and hard trails provide visitors the opportunity to fish, hike and discover!

Gretna, Jefferson's largest historic district, is only a fifteen minute ferry ride from New Orleans.  Start your adventure at the Gretna Heritage House Welcome Center.  The historic complex features the Davey Crockett Firehouse, the oldest continuous active volunteer fire company in the United States, and the Gretna Green Blacksmith Shop where demonstrations are available.  Stroll through the tranquil gardens of St. Joseph's Church, established in 1857.  Enjoy the Gretna Farmers' Market, featuring local fare and crafts.

The city of Kenner is nestled between the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain. Kenner is home to the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, Rivertown and Laketown. Enjoy the scenic 30 acres of lakefront access; launch your boat for a day of sailing or fishing in Laketown along Lake Pontchartrain.

Harahan, named in honor of James Theodore Harahan, president of Illonois Central Railroad, nicknamed the "City of Friendship" hugs the banks of the Mississippi River. Centuries old oak & pecan trees have seen the passing of time and have becxome the symbols of Harahan.  Locals and visitors enjoy the Annual Pecan Festival.  New to Harahan is the Farmers' Market, open monthly on the 2nd and 4th Saturday, offering fresh produce, plants and crafts.