An egret ascends into flight along the bayside of Elmer’s Island Friday morning. Visitors to Elmer’s Island Wildlife Refuge now have improved beach access with the installation of concrete revetment mats on the property. The mats extend beyond the existing roadway for 680 feet onto the beach and measure 16 feet in width with a small turning area located at the end. Those wishing to utilize the island for recreational purposes must possess one of the following: a valid Wild Louisiana Stamp, a valid Louisiana fishing license or a valid Louisiana hunting license. The island is open every weekend, Friday to Sunday, from a half hour before sunrise to a half hour after sunset.