A Living Waterfront

Bucktown Harbor is a thriving shoreline offering an array of beneficial uses and activities for residents and visitors. This lakefront destination is the home base for the U.S. Coast Guard Station New Orleans and an incubator of local commercial fishing & recreational boating.



Mark your calendars for these upcoming events. Click each link to learn more about these exciting events happening at Bucktown Harbor!

Bucktown Park Planting & Marsh Clean-Up, Friday January 15, 2021 12:00 – 4:00 PM

Sunset on the Boardwalk, Friday, May 20, 2021 5:00 – 7:30 PM

Park Planting & Clean Up
Sunset on the Boardwalk

Take a scroll through our photo gallery below for the latest project updates happening at Bucktown Harbor!




Explore the many activities Bucktown Harbor has to offer.


The Bucktown Harbor Vision Plan provides new opportunities for recreation, boating, and other activity while supporting a strong community through thoughtfully designed public spaces and environmental preservation areas.

Bucktown Harbor Interactive Vision Plan

Multi-Purpose Pavilion

Multi-Purpose Pavilion The multi-purpose pavilion is the architecture and social anchor of the harbor and is the location of alternating programming and activities, inclusive of a seasonal farmers market, educational and other community activities. This facility also honors Bucktown’s fishing heritage and is a boost for local small businesses.

Expanded Marina, Commercial Fishing and Harborwalk

Expanded Marina, Commercial Fishing and Harborwalk New marina recreational boat slips are added to meet the growing demand of boaters. A new dockmaster building centrally provided along with a recreational float and storage building. The commercial fishing zone is relocated and expanded. The Bucktown Harborwalk connects the eastern program elements, tying the marina to the open-air multi-use pavilion.

Kayak and Paddleboard Storage Building and Recreational Float

Kayak and Paddleboard Storage Building and Recreational Float A 3,000 SQF storage building and related upland enhancements are linked to the recreational float. The kayak launch juts out adjacent to the Bucktown Marsh Boardwalk and nature preserve. The recreational float allows for hand-powered, in-water recreational activities.

Southern Passive Recreational Lawn

Southern Passive Recreational Lawn This space is closest to the existing levee and residential areas and is intended to be a well-used, nearby park with amble landscape and facilities supporting outdoor classes, bocce ball, and other passive recreation activities. As part of the upland improvements, the lawn panel, landscape, a pavilion and pathways surrounding the southern passive recreational lawn are included.

Children’s Active Play Area, Lawns, Pavilions, Recreation Launch and Parking

Children’s Active Play Area, Lawns, Pavilions, Recreation Launch and Parking Terraced lawn panels play with the land’s nuanced contours, creating tiered seating overlooking Lake Pontchartrain. The expansion of the planned recreational launch and waterfront overlook will provide waterfront access on the western side of the site, allowing for non-motorized watersports (like kayaks and paddleboards) to explore the Bucktown Harbor living shoreline. The children’s playground and water feature animate the central plaza linking Bucktown Harbor’s main districts, while the parking area expands +/- 260 spaces.

Western Sunset Lawns

Western Sunset Lawns Sloped lawn panels, landscape, pathways and other elements surrounding the western coastline are part of this upland project. This space allows the public a point to commune with nature, view the lake and sky, witness changing weather patterns, and watch kites flying and fireworks exploding against the backdrop of Lake Pontchartrain.

Fishing Pier and Pavilion

Fishing Pier and Pavilion A fishing pier cuts across the living shoreline to allow fisherman/pedestrian access through the marsh to deep water. A concrete pad and 800 SQF pavilion will be constructed at the foot of the proposed fishing jetty / pier.

North Great Lawn and Event Area

An open, sloped lawn area is situated in the northern portion of the site accommodating performances and special events. A harbor beacon terminates the jut out portion of the site, offering a notable landmark for boaters and land visitors alike.

Bucktown Harbor Living Shoreline

Bucktown Harbor Living Shoreline The entire western and northern side of the site is dedicated to a living shoreline restoration with breakwaters, high-marsh shrubs, and mainland-fringing tidal marsh to create a natural, resilient shore. This allows the site to emerge as a model of environmental stewardship and coastal restoration.

Bucktown Marsh Boardwalk

Bucktown Marsh Boardwalk A 950’ boardwalk has advanced into preliminary design and permitting and is awaiting additional grant and other funding to continue. Construction is anticipated to commence in 2019 and—like adjustment / removal of the existing project barricades—is considered a tangible initial outcome associated with the Vision Planning effort.

Bucktown Harbor Entry Enhancements

Bucktown Harbor Entry Enhancements Entry enhancements will include enhanced signage, beautification efforts and expanding the entry for improved visibility and safe mobility for bike and pedestrian activities. A new levee crossing for cyclists and pedestrians is planned near the intersection of Orpheum Ave. and Metairie-Hammond Hwy. The extension of the Lakefront Trail between Bucktown Harbor’s entry and the 17th Street Canal will link the trail to Orleans Parish greenways.


Located at the intersection of the 17th Street Canal and Lake Pontchartrain in the east end of Jefferson Parish, Bucktown was and remains a community of resilience and reinvention. Through economic booms and natural disasters, Bucktown has found its way from being a community of two roads to one of many.



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