The LUMCON Port Fourchon laboratory is located in Port Fourchon, LA, approximately 85 miles southwest of New Orleans and 75 miles southeast of the W. J. DeFelice Marine Center in Cocodrie, LA. The site, near the mouth of Bayou Lafourche, provides field access to vast salt and brackish marshes, barrier islands and offshore environments of the northern Gulf of Mexico.
In 1973, the Wisner Foundation funded the building of the Port Fourchon Laboratory for the Nicholls State University biology program. At that time, this was the only facility available for use on the Louisiana Gulf Coast. Therefore, the facility was in high demand, and when the Nicholls State biology program did not use the building, other universities in Louisiana and surrounding states were given the opportunity. A group of high school students from the Midwest even traveled to the laboratory for a few years.
Six years after completion of the building (1979), the Nicholls State University biology department donated the field laboratory to the newly formed LUMCON organization. After which, all of the universities in the state had an equal opportunity to use the facility.
Louisiana universities as well as public and private schools throughout the state use the Port Fourchon laboratory quite often. The facility sleeps up to 16 people in bunks, 4 on cots in the lab, plus any adventurers eager to camp out under the screened in porch. The building also has a kitchen with all amenities necessary to prepare meals. Cooked meals can be requested for groups of ten or more visiting the Fourchon laboratory if desired. Furthermore, visiting groups are encouraged to use the laboratory/classroom at the facility for post fieldwork preparation of samples, and small boats are available upon request for use from the DeFelice Marine Center through the Vessels Operations Office.
NOTE: The Fourchon lab is used exclusively for research and education and not open to the public for tours.
Please contact LUMCON Reservations at (985)
851-2800 ext. 0 for more information.
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