Lake Pontchartrain, LA

Lake Pontchartrain, LA

Lake Pontchartrain is an almost ideal body of water for boating. The oval-shaped waterway is nearly 40 miles from east to west and 24 miles from New Orleans to the north shore. Lake Pontchartrain is not a true lake. It is an estuary connected to the Gulf of Mexico via the Rigolets Straight and Chef Menteur Pass into Lake Borgne. It receives fresh water from the Tangipahoa, Tchefunct, Tickfaw, Amite and Bogue Falaya rivers and from Bayou Lacombe and Bayou Chinchuba. This area makes up one of the largest wetlands along the Gulf Coast of North America.

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