Grand Isle State Park's beach reopened

Staff Report
Brown pelicans line the remnants of the Grand Isle State Park fishing pier Saturday afternoon. A park spokesperson said repairs to the pier are expected to be complete later this year after Hurricane Katrina destroyed it.

The beach at Grand Isle State Park reopened to the public Friday.

It had been closed since May 7, while the Army Corps of Engineers replaced sand washed away by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

The new sand will help protect Louisiana's only inhabited barrier island against future hurricanes.

The Office of State Parks says it also is working on other projects to stabilize and expand breakwaters at the island's east end.

Repairs to the Gulf-side fishing pier and the park bathhouse, which were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, should be complete early next year.

For now, visitors to the park can once again enjoy fishing and other water-related activities.

Grand Isle State Park is on the east end the island, off La. 1 on Admiral Craig Drive.

It's the only state-owned and operated beach on the Louisiana Gulf Coast.

For information, about Grand Isle State Park, visit www.lastateparks.com or call 1-877-226-7652.