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Grand Isle Provides Birding, Boating and Beaches

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Grand Isle has been a popular fishing, bird watching and boating destination for more than 200 years. The barrier island, approximately two hours south of New Orleans, sees approximately 300,000 visitors a year from surrounding areas. The island is especially populated during the summer season when seasonal residents enjoy visiting their beach homes.

The island has dozens of charter fishing companies as well as kayak rentals and tours for boating. Anglers can find more than 280 species of fish in the surrounding saltwater. The island is also home to numerous marinas and public fishing piers.

Along the shore, visitors can find nature trails, a 230-acre wildlife refuge, a state park with a 400-foot fishing pier and miles of white sand beaches. The island’s Butterfly Dome is a live exhibit that gives visitors a glimpse into the native habitat of butterflies.

Opportunities for birdwatching are numerous due to the island’s critical location for small land birds migrating across the Gulf. The Nature Conservancy has worked on the island to protect more than 40 acres of the original habitat – an oak tree forest on a sandy beach ridge – the largest of its kind in the gulf and a globally unique environment.