With year-round hunting, fishing, golf and countless other opportunities for outdoor recreation, it is easy to see why Louisiana's nickname is "Sportsman's Paradise.” Sure, that’s a lot to live up to. But with thousands of hiking and biking trails, beautiful State Parks, and one of the largest game preserves in the United States, Louisiana is the ultimate playground for all outdoorsmen. Our vast expanse of coastal wetlands and countless birding trails make our state a habitat for many rare and endangered species and a natural paradise for bird watchers as well. Come step into the wild outdoors of Louisiana.
Down where Highway 1 meets the Gulf of Mexico, you’ll find the beachside community known as Grand Isle. It’s both an island and a town, with rustic charm, family owned shops, a state park (with camping and RV facilities) and some of the best wildlife viewing and fishing you’re likely to find anywhere on your travels. It’s also the closest Louisiana beach from Baton Rouge and New Orleans, making for a convenient daytime or overnight trip.
In July the town becomes the center of the saltwater fishing universe with the Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo, an event that brings together world-class fishermen and prize-worthy catches. On the milder side, April’s Grand Isle Migratory Bird Festival offers birdwatchers and other naturalists myriad opportunities to see feathered friends on their annual return from South America. Regardless of whether you’re in town for one of these festivals or just for a weekend getaway, you’re in for a “grand” time at Grand Isle.