Recreation in the Basin
The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation was established in response to environmental concerns voiced throughout the Basin.
See our recreation map below. Click on the individual sites for a picture and information. There are several recreation sites along the shore of Lake Pontchartrain where you can Enjoy Our Lake.
The Lake Pontchartrain Basin stretches from lush hardwood forests and slow flowing rivers of the north shore to the bayous, swamps, lakes and sounds leading to the Chandeleur Islands. From the fisherman making his way through the early morning fog to the kayaker slowly making her way through the spring irises, to the family picnicking along the shores of Lake Pontchartrain, the Basin is an environment to experience and cherish.
LPBF and its partners have restored many of the waterways and habitats of the Pontchartrain Basin so they are once again a resource for recreational opportunities. As of 2006, Lake Pontchartrain was removed from the Louisiana DEQ Impaired Water Bodies List for “Primary Contact Recreation” (i.e. swimming or full body contact).
The following links also provide information about swimming, fishing, boating and more in and around Lake Pontchartrain.
- A Guide to the Wetlands of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin (Part 1)
- A Guide to the Wetlands of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin (Part 2)
- Pontchartrain Beach Improvement Plan
Visit our Gift Shop to purchase LPBF's Fishing and Recreation Map for Lake Pontchartrain, Maurepas and Borgne (2nd Edition). This map has locations of reefs, dredge holes, structures and many other fishing or outdoor localities . Tables provide GPS coordinates and contact information for boat launches. Color printing on waterproof vinyl paper (folded) or regular paper (rolled). 20” X 34” (LPBF copyright 2014).
There are always inherent risks associated with recreation in natural waterways. Please use extreme caution.
Rain and stormwater runoff affects water quality. Please check our weekly testing results for these sites prior to swimming. (Click here to view water quality sites and information.)