Lake Pontchartrain and the Pontchartrain Basin
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.
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: Exploration • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 30° 1.632′ N, 90° 6.796′ W. Marker is in New Orleans, Louisiana, in Orleans Parish. Marker
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.
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 44 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 18, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.