The Plaquemine Lock State Historic Site is back open. Thanks to help from Iberville Parish and the city of Plaquemine. The site is open Wednesday – Sunday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. It was all part of a cooperative agreement between the Louisiana Office of State Parks, Iberville Parish and the city of Plaquemine. Please come by and see us and learn about this historic engineering feat.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 20, 2010
Budget Cuts to Impact Louisiana State Historic Sites
BATON ROUGE – The Office of State Parks is announcing that, due to extensive budget cuts in the upcoming fiscal year, five historic sites will be available by appointment only.
“It is unfortunate that we have to diminish the availability of these cultural treasures,” said Dr. Stuart Johnson, Assistant Secretary for the Office of State Parks. “The budget constraints of the last few years have left us with a small number of ‘belt-tightening’ options. Our hope is that we will be able to re-open these sites within the next couple of years.”
Effective July 26, the following State Historic Sites will be placed in ‘caretaker status’:
- Centenary SHS, Jackson
- Fort Jesup SHS, Many
- Fort Pike SHS, New Orleans
- Marksville SHS, Marksville
- Plaquemine Lock SHS, Plaquemine
Los Adaes and Winter Quarters State Historic Sites were placed in ‘caretaker status’ last year. Visitors to these seven sites will have to contact the sites prior to their visit. Programs at these Historic Sites, as listed on the Louisiana State Parks’ on-line Calendar of Events, will be cancelled. It is always recommended that visitors call ahead, when planning to attend a program, to confirm that the program is still occurring.
For more information regarding Louisiana State Parks, visit http://www.lastateparks.com.
The Novice Birder has flown le coop to make room for a new page for the Irishtown Archaeology Project. Please visit this page for all the latest information on this collaborative project!
BATON ROUGE – The Office of State Parks is adjusting fees on various camping and outdoor recreational facilities at their parks and historic sites. The new pricing will go into effect July 1.
“Recreational opportunities are still a great value at Louisiana’s State Parks and Historic Sites,” says Stuart Johnson, assistant secretary for the Office of State Parks. “Our fees still compare favorably to those offered by other state park systems across the south.
The fee structure, as of July 1, is as follows:
Historic Site Entrance
$4/person; remains free for seniors 62 and over, children 12 and under.
Wave Pool – over 48″ $10/person
Wave Pool – under 48″ $8/person
Class 1 (30+) $200/night
Class 2 (50+) $250/night
Class 3 (100+) $500/night
The new fee structure will also introduce winter and summer rates for the following overnight facilities. Summer season rates will apply nightly for campsites and for Friday and Saturday nights only for Cabins and Lodges. All other camping overnight fees will remain the same.
Improved $16/night $20/night
Premium $18/night $26/night
Standard $85/night $85/night
Deluxe $120/night $150/night
Standard $140/night $175/night
Deluxe $160/night $180/night
Revenues from fees go toward improvements at Louisiana State Parks sites, for additional facilities, such as new cabins and visitor centers, and to upgrading current facilities. The increase in fees will allow for a great number of and higher quality improvements at sites around the state.
Existing reservations for overnight accommodations will be honored at the price structure in place when the reservations were originally made. For additional information regarding group, age-defined and other special rates, visit http://www.lastateparks.com.
What year was the Lock constructed?
If you are the first person to give the correct answer to the Ranger inside the Lock House, you win a prize!
We have changed our calendar of events for July 2010 through June 2011. Please visit our “Calendar of Events” page to see the changes we have made for your enjoyment here at the Lock. If you have any questions about our programs, please contact Kathleen Mocklin at (225) 687-7158.
Hope to see ya!
Join us this Saturday, May 22 from 6-9 pm for Music on the River!
This year we will be featuring Unfinished Business, a local band from Plaquemine.
Be sure to bring your own chairs, blankets, coolers, and refreshments for this event.