November 27, 2016

Three Ways To Know If The Bayou Bienvenue Gate is Open Or Closed


Knowing whether or not the Bayou Bienvenue gate is open will determine where you can and cannot fish. Here are three ways to find out.


The temperature has fallen and you want to fish the great opportunities for speckled trout, redfish and more that abound in the Bayou Bienvenue area.

But, after making the drive and launching the boat, you (sadly) discover the gate is closed and your fishing trip is ruined.

Are The Bayou Bienvenue Locks Open Or Closed?

It doesn’t have to be that way and there are ways to know if the Bayou Bienvenue gate is open. Here are three:

Call This Phone Number

First off, you can get the daily update for the Flood Protection Gate Closure Status by calling 504-286-3140.

Upon doing so you will hear a recording that is updated daily, to include the day's date so you know it is current.

Get Text Messages

Secondly, you can text FLOODGATE to 333111 to receive SMS updates on flood gate closures.

Standard rates and all that stuff applies.

Visit Their Website

Sometimes folks like to have this information faster! So, if you haven’t discovered it yet, then let me show you this easy way to know if the Bayou Bienvenue gate is open.

The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority provides this webpage that is very useful for determining gate closures not only for Bayou Bienvenue but also surrounding gates like Bayou Dupre and Seabrook.

They list closures and openings for the following structures:

  • Seabrook Complex
  • Bayou Bienvenue Lift Gate
  • Bayou Bienvenue Flood Control Structure
  • Bayou Dupre Sector Gate
  • GIWW East Sector Gate
  • Caernarvon Sector Gate

I keep this page bookmarked on my smartphone and laptop so the information is always accessible.

What’s really cool about this webpage is that they also list trends. For example, if the water is predicted to rise in the near future they will notate the gate may close as a result of it.

This makes fishing trip planning that much easier.

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Captain Devin

About the Author

Devin is a veteran of the Iraq War and former fishing guide. He founded Louisiana Fishing Blog in 2012 to share his ideas as a charter captain and still writes in it today. Since then he's created a fishing university — LAFB Elite — where he teaches inshore anglers how to safely navigate Louisiana's coast and catch more fish.

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