Plaquemine/Sunshine ferry closed on Saturday, August 24
Monday, August 19, 2019 at 12:48:33 PM
Baton Rouge, LA – The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced today that the Plaquemine/Sunshine ferry will be closed all day Saturday, August 24. The closure will be in place in order to commission a new landing barge on the Plaquemine side. The swapping of the barges is expected to take nearly the full day. The ferry will reopen on Sunday, or possibly sooner.

As a reminder, the normal ferry hours are as follows:
  • Monday through Friday, the first boat runs from 4:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Monday through Friday, the second boat runs from 5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday, one boat runs from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
When two ferries are in operation, they are scheduled to depart every 15 minutes. When there is only one, it leaves every 30 minutes (departs Plaquemine at :00 and :30, Sunshine at :15 and :45).

There are currently no high-water restrictions in place.

Call 511 or visit for additional travel information. Out-of-state travelers may call 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511). Motorists may also monitor the LA DOTD website at, by selecting MYDOTD, or by visiting the DOTD Facebook and Twitter pages.