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
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.