Photo of the existing stairs leading down from Marsh Overlook bridge to a damaged canoe dock with trees around water in Kenta Canal in the background.

Trail Improvements at Barataria Preserve - 2021 Hurricane IDA DS22

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The trails and boardwalks of the Barataria Preservice of the NPS' Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve were extensively damaged by Hurricane Ida, which made landfall on August 29, 2021, as a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph.

The National Park Service (NPS) proposes to repair hurricane-related damage to the trail network and to:
• Evaluate rebuilding certain boardwalks and trails at a higher elevation for greater resilience to flooding, sea level rise, and land subsidence;
• Evaluate segments or spurs of the trails that could be removed and returned to a more natural state, especially those that are flooded for most of the year;
• Evaluate construction materials and methods for greater resiliency and fewer environmental impacts.

Construction will occur in separate phases and as funding allows. Projects for the rebuilding of six (6) trail and boardwalks are currently funded. Planning for this work has begun for the Marsh Overlook, Bayou Coquille, Visitor Center, and Education Center Trails, with construction expected to begin in 2025. Planning for the Christmas Road and Ring Levee Trails was completed in February 2022, and construction is expected to begin in Winter 2022 and be completed in 2023.

The National Park Service is requesting your input on these proposed Trail Improvements. We will be accepting comments through October 31, 2022.

More information and maps are available in the newsletter. To see the newsletter, please click on the Document List on the left.

To comment, please click on Open for Comment on the left, and enter your comments.

The Barataria Preserve, located 17 miles south of New Orleans, is comprised of over 26,000 acres of Louisiana wetlands, including bottomland hardwood forest, cypress swamp, freshwater and intermediate (between freshwater and brackish) marshes, bayous and canals. The Preserve includes a network of boardwalks and hiking and canoe trails that allow visitors to access the park's wild places and observe native plants, alligators, snakes, and over 200 species of birds. Over 450,000 visitors enjoy the Preserve's trails, canoe waterways, and programs that inspire stewardship of the natural and cultural resources of southern Louisiana and the many challenges they face.

Please note that your entire comment, including your personal information, may be made publicly available at any time. Although you can request that we withhold your personal identifying information from public view, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

Contact Information

Attn: Barataria Trails
419 Decatur Street
New Orleans, LA 70130