St Tammany Parish Cities And Towns
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Welcome to St Tammany Parish. There is an amazing wealth of things to do on the Northshore stretching from Madisonville, Mandeville to Lacombe, Slidell and northward to Abita Springs, Covington and Folsom. St Tammany Parish has several State Parks, Fontainebleau and Fairview Riverside along with several parks on Lake Pontchartrain that are great places to fish, canoe and kayak. There are many other tourist sites to see and visit across the Northshore area . This area is rich in history and the food is some of the best in the south.
The number 1 top attraction for the area is probably Global Wildlife Center. This 900 acre wildlife park in Folsom LA is home of thousands of animals from camels, giraffes, water buffaloes, deer, elk and many more species of wild animals. Each day hundreds of covered wagons take people with buckets of feed around the park. Many of the animals come up to the edge of the covered wagons to get hand fed. Both young and old will enjoy this wildlife experience.
Lake Pontchartrain Lakefront
The Lake Pontchartrain Lakefront stretches from the mouth of the Tchefuncte River at Madisonville Point all the way to the I-10 Twin Span Bridge in Slidell LA. There are a host of things to do on the rivers and marsh lands that are part of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin. There are plenty of things that are free and fun for all.
The Tchefuncte River empties into Lake Pontchartrain at Madisonville Point a mile south of Madisonville LA. Take Main Street, Hwy 1077 and head south about a mile through the old rice fields and over the Rice Field Canal to the lake. This road dead ends at the lake. There are 4 covered pavilions, two fishing piers and a boat launch. Get great views of Lake Pontchartrain from the point. You may see an alligator crossing the road that leads to the mouth of the river and the lake. The webmaster saw one 4 ft long on his resent trip to get pictures. The gator was so fast that he was unable to get that one but here is a picture of one from the area that he did get.
One of the favorite’s for the locals is to head to the Old Mandeville Lakefront. There are two children play parks, one on the West side and the big one on the East by the Yacht Club on Lakeshore Drive. This one has a free kiddie water park, swings, monkey bars and a nice white sand beach. Watch the sailboats come and go as they head out into Lake Pontchartrain from the Old Mandeville Harbor. All along the Old Mandeville lakefront is a seawall. There are steps in several places that go up and over this wall so people can access the water below. The water is only 1 to 2 feet deep at the bottom of the steps and the perfect place to launch a canoe or kayak. Parking is available the whole length of Lakeshore Drive with extra parking at the two boat launches by the Yaugt Club
Sunset Point Fishing Pier – Pier Park
On the western edge of Old Mandeville there is a long fishing pier where you can catch trout, sheepshead, redfish, sharks and other varieties of fish. Sunset Point is one of the newer parks on lake front. This is the largest fishing pier on Lake Pontchartrain.
There is running water and fish cleaning stations on the pier along with shelters with seating. This pier is set up for night fishing with lights shining down in the water which attracts fish. Most people fish with dead shrimp and artificial bait but live shrimp is probably the best bait to use. If you have a cast net, bring it. Cast under the lights and you may be able to catch some live shrimp.
Fontainebleau State Park Beach
Fontainebleau State Park also has access to the lakefront. There you will find a large white sand beach and a large concrete pier. There are several rental cabins that are built on piers and are over the water of Lake Pontchartrain. Take the steps from your cabin straight into the water. Great place to canoe and kayak right on the beach. This is one of the nicest State Parks in Louisiana with plenty of camping and RV spaces. There are several large playgrounds and some smaller ones that the children will love.
Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge – Crabbing On The Bayou
The Big Branch Marsh encompasses the habitats and transition zones between pine trees and offshore grass beds along the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. Big Branch Marsh is south of Lacombe. Turn off Hwy 190 and head south on Lake Road a couple of miles until the road ends at the lake. There is parking and a place to fish and crab. The water is shallow and good for just walking out on the sand bottom. Bayou Lacombe runs along side of Lake Road and has several stopping spots before you get to the lake. Many people go crabbing in the bayou on the west side of the road. You may be able to catch Louisiana blue crabs using a long string with a chicken neck tied to the end. When you see the string start moving you have a crab on. Slowly pull the string in and get ready to scoop up a crab or two. It is very muddy water but the crabs are there and taste great when boiled. This is just one small section of the Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge which extends to Bayou Bonfouca and Slidell.
Things To Do And Sites To See In St Tammany Parish
Located on Louisiana’s picturesque Northshore, Saint Tammany Parish is a great place to visit if you are interested in the history and culture of the local region, or enjoy shopping, golfing and fine dining. Situated just 45 minutes from the bustling metropolis of New Orleans, St Tammany Parish is much quieter than the big city, but offers guests a unique charm with warm hospitality. Here you can go tubing, fishing, or play sports at one of the beautiful green spaces in the area. Alternatively, take a swap tour, go wine tasting, or sample some delightful local dishes at one of the many restaurants in the vicinity.
State Parks And National Parks In Saint Tammany Parish
The Pearl River Wildlife Management Area is responsible for some of the diverse species that can be found in and around St. Tammany Parish. The parish is also in close proximity to the 22 state parks in Louisiana, making the area the ideal place to spend the night after exploring the state by day. Other areas of local natural interest include Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge which was formed in 1994 and comprises of 15,000 acres of oak rides, coastal marsh and pine flat-woods. Here you can find many species including brown pelican, bald eagles, woodpecker, rabbit, turkey, and wading birds.
Saint Tammany Parish Tourism
There are plenty of things to see, do and experience when visiting St. Tammany Parish. Take an eco tour of Honey Island Swamp and the surrounding waters – a great way to spend an afternoon looking for dolphins and alligators. These sightseeing tours travel up close to many of the fauna and flora that can be found in the swap, and reservations for the tour can be made ahead of time. You might also want to take a tour of the Abita Brewing Company, which was founded in 1986 and produces 130,000 barrels of beer every year. There are also many golf courses close-by, ideal if you want to spend a few hours teeing off.
Restaurants – Bars – Diners In Saint Tammany Parish
If you are a foodie, St Tammany Parish is the place for you – here you will find some of the best local dishes in the state of Louisiana, as well as food from all over the world. Local specialties include turtle soup, barbecued shrimp and po’boy – a long sandwich served on a crusty and delicious French bread. Spend time with family or friends in one of the many local restaurants, bars and diners.