Lake Pontchartrain sunset
Lake Pontchartrain Sunset
Rachel Boykin

Lake Pontchartrain

Lake Pontchartrain, named for Louis Phélypeaux, the comte de Pontchartrain, is the largest inland body of water in Louisiana. It covers an area of 630 square miles! And what many people do not know is that it is not actually a true lake, but an estuary connected to the Gulf of Mexico. It was created 2,600-4,000 years ago by the constantly evolving Mississippi River Delta and is home to a number of wildlife, fish and birds. The wetlands that surround Lake Pontchartrain are famous for beautiful scenery, fishing and recreational activities.

The Causeway, which runs across Lake Pontchartrain, is the longest bridge over water at 23 miles and connects New Orleans to the North Shore communities. It opened in 1956 and cut travel time by 50 minutes.

Bike on the beautiful bike paths and picnic on the covered pavilions along the lakefront.

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