Category Archives: Lake Pontchartrain

Water water everywhere

So Gibbs and I decided to go adventuring across Lake Pontchartrain to Mandeville. Why, you ask? Well, one of our fav rescue shelters, Animal Helper of New Orleans, was having an adoption event at Adventure Pets, a pet shop in Mandeville, and we thought showing our support would be a fun thing to do on a hot Saturday afternoon. So adventuring we went!

We’d never been across the lake before. I knew it was big, but had no idea it was 40 miles long and 24 miles wide worth of big.

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Lake Pontchartrain

We didn’t start seeing the north side of the bank until the 7 mile marker. Look way, way in the distance.

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Lake Pontchartrain

Hmm, so what happens if you get halfway across then decide you need to turn around? No problem cause they have these handy dandy crossovers for just that reason. I believe I counted seven of them.

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Lake Pontchartrain

Not sure what these little buildings are for. Maybe storage, maybe shelter for when the bridge gets worked on?

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Lake Pontchartrain

Not only does one get to experience 24 miles (one way) of riding on a bumpity bumpity bridge, a drawbridge was also added as extra entertainment value! No large ships were traveling that day so unfortunately we didn’t get to see the drawbridge in action.

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Lake Pontchartrain

Look far off in the distance, under that big cloud. Know what that is? That’s the beautiful skyline of the city of New Orleans. See that building with the white roof? That’s the Superdome where my awesome Super Bowls champion Saints play. That gives you an idea of how huge the Superdome is.

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Lake Pontchartrain

Ready for some fun facts about Lake Pontchartrain? Yeah? Ok, here they are:

The lake was created anywhere from 2,600 to 4,000 years ago. The Native Americans named it “Wide Water,” which makes perfect sense to me. Then the French came along and renamed it after Louis Phélypeaux, comte de Pontchartrain. Nah, I didn’t know who he was either. Who he was was the French Minister of the Marine, Chancellor, and Controller-General of Finances during the reign of France’s “Sun King,” Louis XIV, for whom the colony of La Louisiane was named.

It’s not a true lake, but actually an estuary and experiences small tidal changes cause it dumps into the Gulf of Mexico. Its average depth is 12 to 14′, but is dredged in some places to 65′ for those large ships that use the shipping channel. New Orleans is at the bottom of the map. That line through the middle of the lake is the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway.

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Lake Pontchartrain Map

I thought this was very cool: Guinness World Records has the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway listed as the longest continuous bridge over water in the world. How neat!

Oh, in case you’re wondering … it’s pronounced PAHN-chuh-trayn.

And that, my friends, was our fun adventure of the day. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. Well, as much as I did … Gibbs slept through most of the ride up and back. Seeing the other dogs and picking out treats at the pet shop was more his thing.

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Cheers to an awesome rest of the day!

Jeanni and Gibbs