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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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Lafourche boat launch projects take off

Lafourche boat launch projects take off

Several boat launch projects in Lafourche Parish are under construction or have been completed this year, increasing access to the area’s many waterways.

Parish officials announced the closure of the Leighton Boat Launch in Thibodaux last week. The Department of Public Works is making repairs to the wharf that are expected to cost $4,000.

A floating dock is also scheduled to be installed pending Parish Council approval. The dock will cost an additional $20,000, Recreation Director Jennifer Dufrene said.

Friends of Bayou Lafourche, a local nonprofit, is working with the parish and the Bayou Lafourche Freshwater District to complete this project, Parish Councilman Michael Gros said.

“The first phase of this project is to the replace and raise the decking. By increasing the height of the dock, water will be able to flow under the dock, which will prevent the constant build-up of vegetation and floating debris,” the group said in a Facebook post this week. “This will also make the dock more user-friendly during high water levels.”

Friends of Bayou Lafourche are also working to compile a list of all launches, parks and other facilities along the bayou as part of the overall mission to revitalize its recreational use.

Efforts to remove the weir in the center of the Thibodaux area are also continuing. Gros said the new floating dock will help prepare the area for when it is removed.

“Once that weir comes out, we can anticipate more recreation on the bayou than in the past in the Thibodaux area,” he said.

The Theriot Boat Launch in Raceland recently received some major improvements as well, including repairs to the bulkhead, reconstruction of the wooden wharf and a concrete sidewalk, Dufrene said. Dupre Brothers Construction completed the project for $112,900. The launch leads from Theriot Canal to Bayou Lafourche.

Councilwoman Luci Sposito said the launch has been needing a complete overhaul for years to improve functionality.

Smaller improvements have also been made to the Lockport, Leeville, Butch Hill, Golden Meadow and Larousse boat launches, Dufrene said.

Those include adding limestone, smaller wharf repairs and ramp improvements.

The recent Lafourche Parish boat launch projects and costs include:

- Lockport Boat Launch: The Department of Public Works lifted the concrete ramp, repaired the wharf and added limestone. Cost: $15,600.

- Leighton Boat Launch: DPW is making wharf repairs at an estimated cost of $4,000. A floating dock will be installed pending council approval at a cost of $19,900.

- Theriot Boat Launch: Dupré Brothers made improvements to the bulkhead and reconstructed the existing wooden wharf with a vinyl bulkhead and concrete sidewalk. Cost: $112,900.

- Leeville Boat Launch: Water district installed a meter. Cost: $560.

- Butch Hill Boat Launch: Limestone was added at a cost of $1,600.

- Golden Meadow Boat Launch: DPW installed boards at the bottom of the three new docks. Cost: $1,077.

- Larousse Boat Launch: Limestone was added at a cost of $1,975.

A list of parish boat launches is available at


-- Daily Comet Staff Writer Julia Arenstam can be reached at 448-7636 or Follow her on Twitter at @JuliaArenstam.