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Bayou Sorrel Boat Launch Improvements Completed

Thursday, May 8, 2014
Enjoy the Atchafalaya Basin by way of the new Bayou Sorrel Boat Launch.

Louisiana Department of Natural Resources’ Atchafalaya Basin Program and Iberville parish officials are receiving good reviews from boaters and fishermen utilizing the newly renovated boat launch at Bayou Sorrel.  The boat launch improvements provide better public access to the interior of the basin for fishing, and is a gateway for prime areas to view wildlife, birds and captivating outdoor scenery.


The public can access the interior of the Atchafalaya Basin from the launch by way of Bayou Sorrel, Murphy Lake, Upper Grand River, and the Intracoastal Waterway.


The boat launch improvement project, completed at a construction cost of $765,177, was primarily funded with a $670,000 contribution from DNR’s Atchafalaya Basin Program. The 10-acre property for the boat launch was donated by A. Wilbert’s Sons, LLC, Plaquemine, La.


In late March, Cajun Maritime, LLC completed the SJB Group-designed launch ramps just north of the old launch.  The new features include an ADA accessible parking lot and relocation of a floating pier.


DNR Secretary Stephen Chustz said he closely followed the transformation and construction at the site and is pleased at its outcome.  “Working closely with Iberville parish officials and the legislative delegation for the Atchafalaya Basin this project has been completed and is a continuation of our efforts to improve public access to this unbelievable natural resource,” Chustz said.


State Rep. Karen St. Germain noted, “I am excited about the completion of the upgraded Bayou Sorrel Boat Launch. The new five lane boat launch with stationary piers makes it more user-friendly and gives locals and visitors easier access to everything the Atchafalaya Basin has to offer.”


Local officials estimate 50 to 100 boats a day are using the launch area over the weekends. To find the launch, start at Hwy 1 in Plaquemine, go to LA 75 to Bayou Sorrell, turn on LA 75 spur and cross the bridge, turn left onto Bayou Sorrell Road, then take the first gravel road crossing the levee on the right.


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