Camp Leases

The Lafourche Parish Game and Fish Commission (Commission) has authority to issue permits for camp leases within the Lake Field/Lake Long Game and Fish Preserve (Preserve). Approximately 115 camp leases have been granted along Bayou Folse (Camp Canal), Bayou Dumar, and Nolan Toups Canal.

Leased property for camps are usually based upon 50 feet by 100 feet (front footage) lengths. At their August 2018 monthly meeting, the Commission approved a motion that the annual camp lease rate for transferred leases shall be $440 for a lot with 100 foot frontage or less and $0.50 per foot for that portion over 100 feet. Commission bylaws state that the camp lease rate shall be similar to for comparable local camp lease rates; as an example, the Office of State Lands charges $439 per year for camp sites in Lake Bouef in Lafourche Parish.

The Commission's policy and procedures for a camp lease transfer follows. The Commission must approve any camp lease transfer before any funds are exchanged between the buyer and seller. The lease site must comply with all conditions of the lease document; compliance may be determined through a field inspection by a Commission member, personal knowledge of a Commission member, or suitable images of the lease lot, bulkheads, and physical property. Finally, the buyer must be advised of the camp lease fee, has an opportunity to read the camp lease document.

After Commission approval, the buyer must meet with the Commission Secretary and provide: a notarized copy of a bill of sale or act of donation and of the lease reassignment form; a check payable to the Commission for $105 for the Clerk of Court filing fee.

Generic documents or forms used in a camp lease transfer include: Camp Lease Document, Lease Transfer Requirements, and Lease Reassignment Form.

There is currently a moratorium on new, additional camp lots; however, the Commission is planning another camp lease lottery later in 2019.The Commission recently issued additional camp sites using lotteries in July 2012 and January 2013. The Commission select new camp lots based upon the difficultly in determining the lot location relative to other lots. Lots adjacent existing leases/camps, those opposite canals from existing leases/camps, or those adjacent a geographic feature such as breaks along the shoreline are more easily measured. Theannual camp lease rate for the lottery leases shall be $440 for a lot with 100 foot frontage or less and $0.50 per foot for that portion over 100 feet.

The embedded Bing web site map can be used to inspect the potential camp sites. The link below the image can be used for a larger size map.

State legislation passed during the 2012 legislative session expanded the coastal zone in Lafourche Parish to include the Lake Fields/Lake Long Preserve. Certain construction activities in the coastal zone will require a state coastal use permit (CUP). A camp per se does not require a CUP; however, a CUP is required if fill or spoil materials are placed on the lot, a hole is dug for the mandated septic system, or a bulkhead, boat house, or dock is constructed. If you have already constructed your camp, a CUP will still be required if you build or repair a bulkhead, dock, or boat house, place fill on your lot, or dig a hole for a septic system.

If you have any questions about whether your desired project would require a CUP, please contact the Lafourche Parish Coastal Zone Management office at (985)632-4666 or email at [] or the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources at 800-342-4019 or 225- 342-7519. The state will also be opening an outreach office in Thibodaux one day a week to meet with residents in person. That office will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays at 1440 Tiger Drive, Suite B. You may also obtain information from the Parish web site at the coastal zone management page or the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources web site. Lease holders who are exempt from state coastal use permits may still have to apply for federal permits with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.