Lake Pontchartrain Facts

lake-pontchartrain-mapBeautiful Lake Pontchartrain is the largest inland body of water in Louisiana. It spans 610 square miles with an average depth of 14 feet. Lake Pontchartrain was naturally created 2,600 to 4,000 years ago by the ever changing Mississippi Delta, and is a habitat for a great variety of fish, birds and other wildlife.

Lake Pontchartrain is named after the French Politician Louis Phélypeaux who was the the chancellor de Pontchartrain in 1699. Lake Pontchartrain is surrounded by peaceful swamps, rivers and forests.

The famous wetlands and marshes that surround the Basin’s waters provide a beautiful setting for wildlife and are the heart of the region’s commercial and recreational fisheries. Lake Pontchartrain FishingLake Pontchartrain

Lake Pontchartrain Facts

  • Lake Pontchartrain is actually an estuary and not a true lake. An estuary is a partially enclosed body of water with a connection to the sea.
  • Lake Pontchartrain was named after Louis Phélypeaux the French chancellor de Pontchartrain.
  • The lake was created 4,000 years ago by the ever changing Mississippi River Delta.
  • Lake Pontchartrain Woodpecker

  • Since 1969 The Guinness Book of World Records considered the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway the longest bridge over water in the world. This was never challenged until the Jiaozhou Bay Bridge in China opened in 2011, and forced Guinness to split up the category.
  • Lake Pontchartrain is home to a variety of many unique species of birds and wildlife, including the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker.
  • Lake Specs

    Location: Lousisiana
    Coordinates: 30°11′20″N 90°06′05″WCoordinates: 30°11′20″N 90°06′05″W
    Lake Type: Estuary
    Basin countries: United States
    Max Length: 40 mi (64 km)
    Max. width: 24 mi (39 km)
    Surface area: 630 sq mi (1630 km²)
    Average depth: 12-14 feet
    Max. depth: 65 feet (20 m)
    Settlements: New Orleans, Metairie, Kenner,Mandeville, Slidell, Madisonville.o

    Lake Pontchartrain Map

    By Joey Bouza