Isle Dernieres Barrier Islands Refuge

Acreage

1,900

Contact

tcrouch@wlf.la.gov; 337-373-0032

Parish

Terrebonne

Owner/manager

LDWF

Description

Located across the shoreline of Terrebonne Parish, Isle Dernieres Barrier Islands Refuge consists of four barrier islands in the Isles Dernieres chain—Wine, Trinity/East, Whiskey, and Raccoon Islands—and several thousand acres of associated water. LDWF initially acquired these islands in June 1992 from the Louisiana Land and Exploration Company via a 25-year free lease. The islands were later permanently transferred to LDWF.

The Isle Dernieres Barrier Islands Refuge provides crucial protection from erosion and hurricane damage to the mainland north of the islands. These barrier islands have sustained significant erosion from wave energy, hurricanes, and tropical storms over the years. There have been multiple projects to rebuild and protect these islands over the last three decades.

One of LDWF’s primary management goals for this refuge is to provide and protect habitat for nesting waterbirds. Raccoon Island is one of the most important waterbird nesting areas on the coast. LDWF monitors bird activities and habitat conditions on all of the islands.

Activities and Amenities

Birding, picnicking, fishing and overnight camping are allowed in the public use area on Trinity Island. Otherwise, public access to the islands is prohibited unless permitted by the Secretary of LDWF. See below regulations for details.

The waters immediately adjacent to and surrounding the Isle Dernieres Barrier Islands Refuge are an extremely popular recreational fishing destination. See fishing regulations for details.

Regulations

Wine Island, East Island, Whiskey Island, and Raccoon Island

  1. Public access by any means to the exposed land areas, wetlands, and interior waterways of these islands is prohibited without a permit.
  2. Disturbing, injuring, or collecting flora, fauna, or other property is prohibited without a permit.
  3. Boat traffic is allowed adjacent to the islands in open water (Gulf and bays).
  4. Boat traffic is prohibited in waterways extending into the interior of the islands or within any land-locked open waters or wetlands of the islands.
  5. Fishing from boats along the shore and wade fishing in the surf areas of the islands is allowed.
  6. Littering is prohibited.

Trinity Island

  1. Public access is allowed in a designated public use area.
  2. The area is approximately 3,000 linear feet by 500 linear feet and it borders the western end of the man-made canal commonly known as California Canal. It is accessible via California Canal or the Gulf of Mexico. The boundaries are marked and maintained by LDWF.
  3. Public recreation such as bird-watching, picnicking, fishing, and overnight camping is allowed in this area.
  4. Travel on or across this area shall be limited to foot or bicycle traffic only. No use of ATVs or other vehicles powered by internal combustion engines or electric motors shall be allowed.
  5. Carrying, possessing, or discharging firearms, fireworks, or explosives in the designated public use area is prohibited.
  6. Littering is prohibited.
  7. Disturbing, injuring, or collecting flora, fauna, or other property is prohibited without a permit.
  8. Any member of the public utilizing the public use area must have a portable waste disposal container to collect all human waste and to remove it upon leaving the island.
  9. Public access outside of the public use area is prohibited without a permit.
  10. Boat traffic is allowed adjacent to the island in open water (Gulf and bays) and within the man-made canal commonly known as California Canal.
  11. Fishing from boats along the shore and wade fishing in the surf areas of the island is allowed.
  12. No boat traffic is allowed in other man-made or natural waterways extending into the interior of the island or in any land-locked open waters or wetlands of the island.

Regulations for Isles Dernieres Barrier Islands Refuge

LDWF Regulations

Directions

Isle Dernieres Barrier Islands Refuge is located approximately 15 miles southwest of Cocodrie and can only be accessed via watercraft.