Kayak On Lake Pontchartrain
Lake Pontchartrain is a great place to go canoeing and kayaking. Check the weather before doing to far into the lake.
The Northshore has many places where you
can launch your canoe or kayak. One of the favorite places people
pick is Fontainebleau State Park. You can put your kayak in at the
main beach or where the beach front cabins are on the west side of
the park. From there you are just a short distance from the
Mandeville Harbor and Lakefront Drive.
Lake Pontchartrain Safety Information
A little information about Lake
Pontchartrain before you head out into the lake. For safety reasons
it is best to venture into the lake on calm days. If the wind is
coming out of the north the lake should be calm. If the wind is out
of the south you need to be careful. This is a shallow lake and can
get rough water very quickly. A light ripple on the water can turn
into dangerous waves that are very choppy. All it takes is for the
southern winds to pick up or a sudden storm to appear over the lake.
Afternoon storms pop up quickly due to the convection currents that
interact with Lake Pontchartrain and surrounding land masses. There
storms usually come out of the south and move northward. These
storms have been known to produce waterspouts.
The Mandeville Harbor and Lakefront is just a short paddle in your kayak from the State Park. In the picture below you can see the two people in their kayaks along the wall of the harbor with the Fontainebleau State Park beach and pier in the background.
Close up of kayakers.
Fontainebleau State Park in the background.