Beautiful 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.
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 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.