Launch Fee Overview:
In order to maintain and improve D’Arbonne Lake and its facilities, the Bayou D’Arbonne Lake Watershed District plans to begin the collection of launch fees at all of the ramps on Lake D’Arbonne in the near future. An overview is as follows:
The Lake Commission receives limited funding which restricts the ability of the Commission to maintain and improve D’Arbonne Lake and its facilities.
The Commission has considered additional sources of revenue to enhance funding for the benefit of the Lake and has concluded that the implementation of a launch fee at the various ramps owned by the Commission would be beneficial for such purpose.
Launch fees are utilized at other area lakes for maintenance purposes.
The launch fees will generate a sustainable source of revenue to provide maintenance and upgrades to launch facilities and other facility enhancements in and around the Lake.
The launch fee will apply to all persons launching a boat or other watercraft at a launch ramp owned by the Commission on the Lake.
Persons launching a boat shall pay the daily launch fee at the ramp or obtain and display a valid annual launch permit.
Daily launch fee – $5.00 paid at ramp in payment box
Annual Permit - $50.00 (July 1 – June 30)
Annual Permit for senior citizens (65 and older) and veterans - $25.00 (July 1 – June 30)
Annual Permits can be purchased from area vendors:
Permit for owners of property which pay electric or gas franchise fee will be issued at no cost / Must be picked up at the Union Parish Chamber of Commerce Office.
Use of Fees Collected:
All funds collected from daily fees and permit sales will be used for boat launch maintenance and other improvements or activities to enhance Lake D’Arbonne.
Effective Date: September 1, 2021