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Number of days
?
Motorized watercraft allowed?
Yes
Water difficulty
Easy / Class A
Distance
3.00 mi (4.83 km)
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Cane Bayou is a lazy tributary on the north side of Lake Pontchartrain. It borders Fontainebleau State Park, but you do not have to enter the park to access it. A public boat ramp on US-190 leads right to the water. At first glance, the bayou is a rather unassuming waterway, but bends on either side of the boat ramp hide its natural beauty. You can paddle it in either direction. Past the upstream bend and the highway bridge, the bayou winds among dense forest and overhanging cypress groves. Past the downstream bend and a footbridge is tree-lined marsh and eventually the wide-open lake.

If you travel upstream you will pass private property lining the bayou for only about a half mile, then the forest takes over. You may have to pull over a few log jams, but solitude is your reward. Downstream is the more popular direction, as it takes you through sunny swamplands and into Lake Pontchartrain. It is about 1.5 miles to the lake on lazy current that you might notice only a little bit on the way back. Once you reach the lake, you'll have a wide open view toward The Causeway and the opposite shore, which you can just make out on a clear day. You are likely to see waterfowl, wading birds, birds of prey, turtles, and maybe an alligator along the bayou.

The trip is generally easy, but beware that wind, heat, and bugs may add difficulty on certain days. Calm conditions at the start may belie blustery weather on the lake, but you can always retrace your way back. Come prepared with water, snacks, sunscreen, and bug spray so you can relax, take in the scenery, and enjoy yourself on the water.

This paddle adventure was equipped by and published in collaboration with Bote Boards.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Calm water. Lake Pontchartrain views.

Cons

Sun and wind exposure near lake.

Pets allowed

Yes

Put-in location (lat, long coordinates)

30.337385, -90.004176

Take-out location (lat, long coordinates)

30.337385, -90.004176

Address

Ronald Reagan Hwy
24380
Lacombe, LA 70445
United States

Water Temperature

140.00 °F (60.00 °C)

Features

Family friendly
Wildlife
Fishing
Wildflowers
Big vistas
Bird watching

Trail type

There-and-back

Access

Vehicle

Typically multi-day

No

Shuttle required

No

Site characteristics: Water

River

Portage required

No

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Comments

02.26.19
Check out https://www.NolaKayakTours.com for some fun swamp tours around that area.
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