FISHING, FUN, & FESTIVALS AROUND VENICE, LOUISIANA

Why has Venice, La., earned the nickname “The end of the world”? Because Venice, which is south of New Orleans, is the last community in Louis iana that can be accessed by an automobile! It is literally the end of the Great River Road. 

Venice is 75 miles south of New Orleans and across the Mississippi River on the west bank. The highway to Venice (Hwy. LA-23N) ends at the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. In 2019, its resident population was 202, the median age was 38, and the median household income was $52,054.

Venice LA is a fishing community and the economy of Venice is based on the fishing industry.  Although inshore fishing is popular in much of Louisiana, Venice is known for the finest offshore fishing charters in the world.

Venice is located in Plaquemines Parish, a long, thin parish (county) that includes land on either side of the Mississippi River. The parish stretches from the Gulf of Mexico to Orleans Parish. 

It is only one of two parishes that have kept the same boundaries since they were established in 1807. The population is just over 22,000 as of 2019.

THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN AND AROUND VENICE, LA

Venice Marina

Port Complex, Venice, Louisiana

Take an Offshore Fishing Charter!

You simply cannot visit Venice without taking an offshore fishing charter.  In Venice LA, fishing boats are more common than automobiles.  Although catching Yellowfin Tuna draws people from all over the world, there are many trophy fish that can be caught in the Gulf of Mexico.  The offshore fishing season runs year-round, but the catch is seasonal.  Contact Captain Troy to see what is biting. when to go and to book your next Venice fishing charter.

Although the entire state is known for the famous Louisiana fishing, Venice LA is considered the top of the top, the cream of the crop and the cherry on top for inshore and offshore fishing, proven by the fishing rodeos held annually.

Go Duck Hunting!

Did you know that Venice offers some of the best duck hunting in the world? You’ll just need a hunting license and a guide.

  • Teal season: September 14-29
  • Big Ducks: November 16-December 8
  • Closed: December 9-20
  • Big Ducks: December 21-January 26

 

Visit Historic Places!

Fort Jackson, near Buras, is a historic masonry fort located some 40 miles upriver from the mouth of the Mississippi River. It is a star-shaped pentagon and is surrounded by a moat. Constructed between 1822 and 1832, it served as a coastal defense of New Orleans. 

It was also a battle site during the American Civil War. The fort is a National Historic Landmark. 

Fort Jackson also hosts the annual Orange Festival in December. (Dates for the Orange Festival for 2019 are December 6–8.) Fort Jackson is about 14 miles north of Venice.

Fort Jackson

Inside the Battlements of Historic Fort Jackson

Inside the Battlements of Historic Fort Jackson

The fort was constructed as a coastal defense of New Orleans between 1822 and 1832. It also served as a battle site during the American Civil War.

Find Fruits, Vegan Food, and Seafood!The produce in most markets is usually local and is both organic and regular. Farmer’s markets are located in Venice and the surrounding areas of Plaquemines Parish. The actual growers often come to the market. They can help you choose the best selection for even a vegan main course. 

In addition, citrus fruits grow abundantly. Oranges, grapefruits, lemons, and satsumas are all grown commercially. The  Plaquemines Parish Orange Festival is usually the first full weekend of December in the nearby town of Buras.

 

Local Activities

While Venice is known for world-class fishing and boating, people in the area enjoy many activities. Tourists who vacation in the state find the outdoor opportunities stunning in this region because of how close everything is to the water.

Sport fishing

Many species of fish migrate or live in the waters off the coast of the Venice area. The Gulf of Mexico sees a broad migration of species including king mackerel, groupers, mullet, blackfin tuna, Spanish mackerel, menhaden, red snapper, dolphinfish like Mahi Mahi, and yellowfin tuna. Offshore fishing charters are available by reservation.

Deep Sea Diving

Visitors and residents enjoy many guided tours along the shores of Louisiana. Venice gives people the opportunity to see uniqu