Posted by: noadventure | February 26, 2009

Kayak Cane Bayou

Editor’s note: Here is the first post on NOadventure done by a GUEST writer – Jessy. Cane Bayou looks awesome.

Located east of Mandeville on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, Cane Bayou is easily accessible to most people living in St. Tammany Parish and only a 45-minute drive from New Orleans. This is a great paddle for beginners and a trip that I think all paddlers will enjoy.

The bayou is about one and half miles from the launch to the lake and has several slews that allow for extra exploring. There are several different habitats as well: upland forest, swamp, marsh and submersed aquatic vegetation (grass beds).

Once you arrive at the lake there is a sand bar that runs across the mouth of the bayou where the lake is usually only several inches deep.

The entire area is loaded with wildlife and I have seen turtles, frogs, cranes, egrets, alligators, and snakes. I’ve caught many fish here and have even seen a bald eagle.

Access Cane Bayou on the southwest side of bridge where Highway 190 crosses Cane Bayou. This will be the waterway on the east side of Fontainebleau State Park along Highway 190. Have fun.



  1. Cool blog idea! Glad I stumbled upon it. I’ve lived here almost my whole life and always enjoyed the outdoors; camping, biking, boating, etc. But after living in Seattle for a year I became addicted to hiking, and honestly, I can’t get inspired to do outdoor stuff back here yet. Hopefully you’ll give me some ideas to get me out again.

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