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New Orleans in Orleans Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

Lake Pontchartrain and the Pontchartrain Basin

 
 
Lake Pontchartrain and the Pontchartrain Basin Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, September 5, 2020
1. Lake Pontchartrain and the Pontchartrain Basin Marker
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Named Lake Pontchartrain in 1718 by French Explorer, Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, Lake Pontchartrain is not a true lake but a shallow 630 square mile estuary. Approximately 40 miles wide and 24 miles across, it is the largest of three sister lakes connected to the Gulf of Mexico through two passes. Containing brackish water, the lakes depth averages 12-15 feet and is home to many salt water and fresh water species of aquatic life. Re-opened in 2006 to recreation as the water quality improved, Lake Pontchartrain is a wonderful success story for all who helped bring it back to good health.

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French explorer Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville.
Comte de Pontchartrain
Bienville named the lake after his friend, Louis Phélypeaux (1643-1727), Comte de Pontchartrain, who was Secretary of the French Navy.

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 30° 1.632′ N, 90° 6.796′ W. Marker is in New Orleans, Louisiana, in Orleans Parish. Marker

Lake Pontchartrain and the Pontchartrain Basin Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, September 5, 2020
2. Lake Pontchartrain and the Pontchartrain Basin Marker
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can be reached from Lakeshore Drive, half a mile north of Robert E. Lee Boulevard, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8001 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans LA 70124, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Point (here, next to this marker); Southern Yacht Club (a few steps from this marker); Lakefront "Seawall" (a few steps from this marker); New Basin Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Lake Pontchartrain (approx. 0.7 miles away); 17th Street Canal Floodwall (approx. 0.8 miles away); Fort St. John (approx. 1.8 miles away); Beatles Only Concert Performance in Louisiana (approx. 2.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Orleans.
 
More about this marker. Located on the grounds of the New Canal Lighthouse. The lighthouse grounds are free to walk and enjoy. The current 2020 Lighthouse is a museum, and a fee is charged for entry.
 
Life in Lake Pontchartrain marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, September 5, 2020
3. Life in Lake Pontchartrain marker
Life in Lake Pontchartrain marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, September 5, 2020
4. Life in Lake Pontchartrain marker
New Canal Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, September 5, 2020
5. New Canal Lighthouse
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 18, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 104 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 18, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.

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May. 25, 2022