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Bogue Chitto State Park

Explore Expansive Lake Pontchartrain

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Along the shores of New Orleans, residents can visit a dozen recreation areas that include amenities such as piers, cycling paths and sandy beaches, where they can picnic, swim, fish, launch boats or simply enjoy the view. The Canal Lighthouse Museum and Education Center overlooks the lake and is open to the public. The museum also houses three displays, each of which showcase an aspect of the lighthouse’s history.

A number of parks surround the vast lake, providing visitors with additional amenities to enjoy. The Bonnabel Boat Launch and Park features picnic tables, a playground for children, a dog park, fishing pier and an area for boaters to launch their vessels into the lake. The nearby Bucktown Marina and Park contains a kiteboarding area, and Bayou St. John, which terminates at Lake Pontchartrain, is a popular site for canoeing and kayaking.

On the Northshore, residents and visitors have access to several recreation sites – including Fontainebleau State Park’s large, sandy beach. Another popular destination is Mandeville’s fishing pier at Sunset Point.