Johnson Bayou Branch

Johnson Bayou

Branch History

Johnson Bayou Library has had a challenging time since its beginning in 2003 in the old Cameron State Bank building. Hurricane Rita completely destroyed the building in 2005. The community was served by a permanent on-site bookmobile, courtesy of a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation until February 14, 2011.

On February 14 2011, we were able to move into our new coastal facility, built at the old location (4586 Gulf Beach Highway), directly across from Constance Beach. The official grand opening was held on March 31, 2011. We are proud of our new facility, with a spacious conference room, study stations, laptop stations, and tables and chairs to just sit and read. With the new facility, we can better serve the needs of the people of our community.

On Saturday, June 23, 2012, Johnson Bayou Library held a dedication for our new sculpture. Shaped like a book, it depicts life in Johnson Bayou and the Gulf Coast. It was designed and built by sculptor Jerry Gorum of Glenmora, LA., and was donated to the library by Ms. Marguerite Domatti, of Dallas, TX.

Offering a beautiful view of the gulf to the south, and the wetlands to the north, it is located just 19 miles east of the Texas border along the Louisiana Creole Nature Trail on Highway 82. The facility receives many tourists from all over the country and world. Partnered with the Cameron Parish Tourism Commission, it serves as an unofficial tourist information site with maps, tourist brochures, and local information. It is also an official U.S. Lighthouse Society Stamp site for the historical Sabine Pass Lighthouse in partnership with the Cameron Preservation Alliance-Sabine Pass Lighthouse. Visit the U.S. Lighthouse Society at