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). A total of 124 camp leases have been granted along Folse Canal (Camp Canal) and Bayou Dumar.

Leased property for camps are based upon 50 feet by 100 feet (front footage) lengths. Effective January 2010, new 10-year camp leases will be granted at an annual rate of $1.50 per front foot. The Commission may charge the prevailing rate for camp leases. The lease document contains information concerning the lease fee, obligations of the lessee, and other information. In addition, new Commission stipulations include prior approval before any camp lease is transferred.

The Commission recently issued additional camp sites using lotteries held during July 2012 and January 2013. The Commission moved to issue a camp lease moratorium for an indefinite period.

If the lease moratorium is rescinded, any lot selected must be approved by the board based upon the difficultly in determining the lot location relative to other lots.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.

The embedded Bing web site map can be used to inspect the potential camp sites. If the actual Bing web site (see link below the map) is selected, the birds-eye view is highly recommended.

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.