15 Best Lakes in Louisiana - The Crazy Tourist (2022)

Not only is the state of Louisiana rich in culture and heritage; it is also rich in terrain. It is known for its deltas, swamps and marshes, as well as its longleaf pine forest and wet savannahs. In short, it is clear why Louisiana was nicknamed the Bayou State.

With the Driskill Mountain in the northeast of the state, the Kisatchie National Forest in the centre and the Gulf of Mexico making up for its southern border, there is no question that Louisiana is packed with fabulous natural scenery. This includes lakes, and there are natural and man-made ones scattered all over the state.

Let’s have a look at the best lakes in Louisiana:

1. Caddo Lake, Caddo Parish

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This beautiful lake and bayou sits in the northwest corner of the state and is shared with neighbouring Texas. The 10,200 hectare lake is home to the world’s biggest Cypress forest, which only adds to its beauty.

The lake is named after the Caddo tribe who previously lived in the area. According to legend of the Caddo people, the lake was developed by the 1811–12 New Madrid earthquakes.

Today, Caddo Lake is an internationally protected wetland that is home to owls, eagles, water fowl, snakes and alligators. It is also home to over 70 species of fish, making it popular amongst anglers.

2. Toledo Bend Reservoir, Sabine and DeSoto parishes

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Sitting on the Sabine River between Louisiana and Texas, Toledo Bend Reservoir is the largest man-mad lake in the Southern USA. The 75,000 hectare lake is home to the Toledo Bend Dam, South Toledo Bend State Park and North Toledo Bend State Park.

The lake boasts 1,900 kilometres of shoreline, making it a popular spot for swimming, fishing, picnicking and boating. Plus, its two state park’s offer visitors the chance to go hiking and camping.

South Toledo Bend State Park features a two kilometre hiking trail, 19 shorefront cabins and 60 camping sites. North Toledo Bend State Park features 10 cabins and 67 camp sites, as well as being home to an Olympic-size swimming pool.

3. Calcasieu Lake, Cameron Parish

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Calcasieu Lake is located in southwest Louisiana; draining into the Gulf of Mexico. The 19,900 hectare brackish lake is known amongst anglers for its abundance of red drum and spotted sea trout.

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Flounder, and brown and white shrimp are also easy to catch in the lake. If you don’t have your own boat, it is simple to charter or boat or go on a fishing tour.

When visiting the Calcasieu Lake, you may be lucky enough to spot Pinky; an albino bottlenose dolphin that was first seen by locals in 2007.

4. Lake Pontchartrain, St. Tammany, Orleans, Jefferson, St. John the Baptist, St. Charles & Tangipahoa parishes

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Spread across six different parishes, Lake Pontchartrain sits right on the northern edge of New Orleans. In fact, it was once a popular haven for wealthy New Orleanians.

Today, the New Orleans area of Lake Pontchartrain is home to artists and young professionals, while the north shore is dotted with luxurious accommodations and famous restaurants.

The 163,000 hectare lake is actually an estuary that is connected to the Gulf of Mexico. It has an average depth of 3.7 to 4.3 metres, and is one of the largest wetlands along the entire North American side of the Gulf Coast.

The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway stretches across the lake, which runs from the New Orleans suburb of Metairie to Mandeville. This happens to be the longest bridge over water on the planet.

5. Cross Lake, Caddo Parish

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This 3,500 hectare lake is just west of the city of Shreveport and is the city’s main water supply. Parts of the reservoir are surrounded by ancient cypress tree forests, making it extremely picturesque.

Cross Lake is a popular place to fish for bass, although there are also blue gill, catfish and white perch swimming around. The lake is also great for swimming.

Nature lovers flock to the lake to ogle waterfowl, alligators and other wildlife. Unfortunately, the southeast portion of the lake has been quite heavily developed.

6. Lake D’Arbonne, Union Parish

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Lake D’Arbonne is a 6,200 hectare lake that sits in a quiet rural area not far from the town of Farmerville. The man-made reservoir was created in 1963 and today is a popular place to go fishing.

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Lake D’Arbonne State Park sits on the northwest side of the lake just south of State Highway 2. The park boasts a network of hiking and cycling trails, as well as having 16 cabins and 58 campsites.

Visitors thoroughly enjoy visiting this quiet lake because of its serenity and its abundance of wildlife. In addition to fishing, many come here to go canoeing.

7. False River, Pointe Coupee Parish

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False River is a U-shaped lake that is located just west of the Mississippi River and northwest of the city of Baton Rouge. The 17 kilometre long lake was formed in the 1700s, and today its shoreline is quite heavily developed.

Houses, businesses and camps are set up all around the lake, as are accommodations, restaurants and shops. It is a popular recreational lake, with many coming here to go water skiing, sailing and boating.

False River is a trophy lake, which means certain sized fish must be thrown back into the water. It also happens to be a hot spot for duck hunting.

8. Lake Claiborne, Claiborne Parish

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Lake Claiborne was created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers when they built the Claiborne Lock and Dam. Today, the 2600 hectare lake is known for its fantastic recreational activities.

Lake Claiborne State Park sits at the south end of the lake, which features numerous facilities and activities. There are 10 cabins and 89 campsites within the park, which is also a great place for swimming, sunbathing, hiking and mountain biking.

The lake is often pegged as that state’s most scenic lake thanks to its abundance of birds, its beaches and its natural surroundings. It is also stocked with largemouth bass, striped bass, catfish, crappie bluegill and various other fish.

9. Lac des Allemands, Lafourche, St. Charles & St. John the Baptist parishes

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Translating in French to ‘Lake of the Germans’, Lac des Allemands is named after the German settlers that inhabited the area long ago. In fact, this part of Louisiana is called the German Coast.

It is a shallow lake that is fed by bayous in the Barataria Basin. It is surrounded by cypress swamps and bayous, making it quite a beautiful lake.

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Lac des Allemands is known as the Catfish Capital of the World and even hosts the annual Louisiana Catfish Festival. It is also home to numerous other fish species, as well as otters, egrets, alligators, frogs and great blue herons.

10. Lake Bruin, Tensas Parish

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This 1,200 hectare ox-bow lake is known for its spectacularly clear water. This makes it a top spot for swimming, though many visitors also come to go boating and fishing.

Lake Bruin was named after Peter Bryan Bruin, who owned a plantation nearby. Today, most of the land around the lake is privately owned aside from the state owned Lake Bruin State Park.

The park is filled with cypress trees and offers public access to the lake. It features three fishing piers, a boat launch, picnic tables and 25 campsites.

11. Lake Maurepas, Livingston, St. John the Baptist & Tangipahoa parishes

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Named after Jean-Frédéric Phélypeaux, Count of Maurepas, Lake Maurepas is a round, shallow lake that is just west of Lake Pontchartrain.

The 24,000 hectare lake is the second largest lake in Louisiana. It receives water from the Amite, Blind, Tickfaw and Natalbany Rivers.

There is almost no development around the lake, making it extremely serene and beautiful. In fact, the only sign of mankind at the lake is the overhead bridge of Interstate 55 that skirts the east side of it.

12. Prien Lake, Calcasieu Parish

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Located just south of the city of Lake Charles, Prien Lake is connected to the Calcasieu Ship Channel at three places. Today, the designated use of the lake is for recreational purposes.

The abundance of croaker, speckled trout, redfish and flounder make Prien Lake a popular place for both commercial and recreational fishing. The Lake Charles Country Club can be found at the south end of the lake.

Prien Lake is home to two parks that combined have a public boast launch, picnic areas, and parking. There is also a beach at LaFleur Park that offers fantastic swimming.

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13. Lake Bistineau, Webster, Bossier & Bienville parishes

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This long, narrow 62,900 hectare lake stretches across three parishes in north-western Louisiana. The name Lake Bistineau comes from the Caddo word meaning ‘big broth’ because of the abundance of plant life found in the water.

The lake is a known recreational spot, particularly within the Lake Bistineau State Park. The park is on the west side of the lake and provides access to the lake, as well as fishing, boating, cycling and hiking.

There are numerous accommodations within the park, as well both hook-up and non-hook-up campsites. All-in-all Lake Bistineau is quite beautiful.

14. Lake Fausse Pointe State Park, St. Martin Parish

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Sitting within the Atchafalaya Basin, Lake Fausse Pointe State Park is a 2,400 hectare park that features a labyrinth of waterways, as well as a large lake.

The park is full of wildlife, and also features an interpretive centre that offers detailed information on all of the plants and wildlife living with in. There are also three hiking/cycling trails that vary in length and level.

Numerous canoe trails weave in and out of the park and its waterways, with canoe campsites along the way. There are also other campsites all over the park, as well as cabins and motorhome sites.

15. Lake Martin, St. Martin Parish

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Lake Martin is a designated wildlife preserve and one of the state’s major swamplands. It is home to herons, egrets, ibis, bullfrogs, alligators and a plethora of other wildlife.

The eco-system here is phenomenal, which is exactly why it is a protected area. Much of this can be seen by hiking or cycling along one of its many trails.

Lake Martin is located just east of Lafayette. It is easily accessible by car, but best explored by canoe or kayak, or of course, on foot.

Not only is the state of Louisiana rich in culture and heritage; it is also rich in terrain. It is known for its deltas, swamps and marshes, as well as its longleaf pine forest and wet savannahs. In short, it is clear why Louisiana was nicknamed the Bayou State.With the Driskill Mountain in the nort...

The 75,000 hectare lake is home to the Toledo Bend Dam, South Toledo Bend State Park and North Toledo Bend State Park.. Lake D’Arbonne is a 6,200 hectare lake that sits in a quiet rural area not far from the town of Farmerville.. Lake D’Arbonne State Park sits on the northwest side of the lake just south of State Highway 2.. Lake Claiborne State Park sits at the south end of the lake, which features numerous facilities and activities.. The lake is often pegged as that state’s most scenic lake thanks to its abundance of birds, its beaches and its natural surroundings.. Today, most of the land around the lake is privately owned aside from the state owned Lake Bruin State Park.. Named after Jean-Frédéric Phélypeaux, Count of Maurepas, Lake Maurepas is a round, shallow lake that is just west of Lake Pontchartrain.. The 24,000 hectare lake is the second largest lake in Louisiana.. Located just south of the city of Lake Charles, Prien Lake is connected to the Calcasieu Ship Channel at three places.. The lake is a known recreational spot, particularly within the Lake Bistineau State Park.. The park is on the west side of the lake and provides access to the lake, as well as fishing, boating, cycling and hiking.. Sitting within the Atchafalaya Basin, Lake Fausse Pointe State Park is a 2,400 hectare park that features a labyrinth of waterways, as well as a large lake.

Not only is the state of Louisiana rich in culture and heritage; it is also rich in terrain. It is known for its deltas, swamps and marshes, as well as its longleaf pine forest and wet savannahs. In short, it is clear why Louisiana was nicknamed the Bayou State.With the Driskill Mountain in the nort...

The 75,000 hectare lake is home to the Toledo Bend Dam, South Toledo Bend State Park and North Toledo Bend State Park.. The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway stretches across the lake, which runs from the New Orleans suburb of Metairie to Mandeville.. Lake D’Arbonne is a 6,200 hectare lake that sits in a quiet rural area not far from the town of Farmerville.. Lake D’Arbonne State Park sits on the northwest side of the lake just south of State Highway 2.. Lake Claiborne State Park sits at the south end of the lake, which features numerous facilities and activities.. The lake is often pegged as that state’s most scenic lake thanks to its abundance of birds, its beaches and its natural surroundings.. Today, most of the land around the lake is privately owned aside from the state owned Lake Bruin State Park.. Named after Jean-Frédéric Phélypeaux, Count of Maurepas, Lake Maurepas is a round, shallow lake that is just west of Lake Pontchartrain.. The 24,000 hectare lake is the second largest lake in Louisiana.. Located just south of the city of Lake Charles, Prien Lake is connected to the Calcasieu Ship Channel at three places.. The Lake Charles Country Club can be found at the south end of the lake.. The lake is a known recreational spot, particularly within the Lake Bistineau State Park.. The park is on the west side of the lake and provides access to the lake, as well as fishing, boating, cycling and hiking.. Sitting within the Atchafalaya Basin, Lake Fausse Pointe State Park is a 2,400 hectare park that features a labyrinth of waterways, as well as a large lake.

The largest city in Southwest Louisiana, Lake Charles is at the head of a string of lakes on the course of the Calcasieu River before it flows into the Gulf ... Read more

The largest city in Southwest Louisiana, Lake Charles is at the head of a string of lakes on the course of the Calcasieu River before it flows into the Gulf Coast.. Source: William Silver / shutterstockMardi Gras, Lake CharlesOne of the largest gatherings in Louisiana takes place in the first two weeks of May in Lake Charles.. Source: Felix Mizioznikov / shutterstockGolden Nugget Lake CharlesThe largest casino market in the state can be found in Lake Charles, with two major casino resorts here on the Calcasieu River, and with three more within a half-hour radius.. Source: Laurens Hoddenbagh / shutterstockSam Houston Jones State ParkNorth of Lake Charles, at the confluence of the Calcasieu River and Indian Bayou, is more than 1,000 acres of wilderness made up of pine and hardwood forest, and lagoons strewn with lofty cypress trees.. Source: Forest Runner / Flickr | CC BY Imperial Calcasieu MuseumThe largest museum in Lake Charles is dedicated to the history of Southwest Louisiana, specifically the five-parish area made up of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jeff Davis.. Source: Maridav / shutterstockJoggingNext to Indian Bay on the eastern shore of Prien Lake is another place to appreciate the waterfront scenery in Lake Charles.. Source: Bayou Rum Distillery / Facebook Bayou Rum DistilleryA little way east of Lake Charles is the distillery for the Bayou Rum brand, which is a craft operation steeped in South Louisiana.

If you enjoy recreational activities like fishing, boating, and swimming, you’ll find it all at some of the best lakes in Louisiana.

A large variety of wildlife make this area their home, which is known for amazing fishing.. At this beautiful lake you'll find an abundance of fish like croaker, redfish, flounder, and black drum.. This gorgeous lake outside of Lafayette offers an amazing wildlife preserve and is home to hundreds of species of birds and many other kinds of amazing wildlife.. Address: Lake Arthur, LA 70549, USA. Address: Lake Martin, Louisiana, Louisiana 70517, USA. Address: Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana, USA. By far the largest of the beautiful lakes in Louisiana is Lake Pontchartrain .. In addition to Lake Pontchartrain, the largest of the beautiful lakes in Louisiana, you can visit Lake Charles, Lake Chicot, and the Caney Creek Reservoir just to name a few.. Are there any beautiful lakes in Louisiana that also have a beach area?. Located in north-central Louisiana within the 294-acre Jimmie Davis State Park, the lake and beach are very popular during the summer.. Address: Lake Arthur, LA 70549, USA. Address: Lake Martin, Louisiana, Louisiana 70517, USA. Address: Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana, USA

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Home to the largest freshwater lake in the southern United States and, of course, the Mighty Mississippi, you'll quickly find there are plenty of adventures to be had throughout the state on these impressive waterways.. A small town nestled on the narrow barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico, Grand Isle is covered in about a quarter of water, making for a little slice of beachy paradise.. The area is great for fishing, especially for deep-sea fishing.. Black Bayou Lake is no ordinary lake.. With 1,600 acres of lake area, Black Bayou Lake features some of the most unique fishing, paddling and wildlife viewing opportunities in the entire state.. The Louisiana Bass Trail includes seven different lakes offering world-class bass fishing.. Bass are the home hitters, though crappie, bream, white bass, striper bass and catfish are also in abundance, making the Toledo Bend trail an anglers dream come true.. The Bayou St. John paddle trail delves into the historic residential district and through neighborhoods, taking explorers as deep into the city as the depths of the Lake Charles marshlands.. Bayous blanketed in lilly pads and rolling rivers weave their way through the region, making their way to Lake Pontchartrain.. The same is true with New Orleans, where the magical sights and sounds of the city can be experienced on the sweeping waters of the Mississippi.. Surrounded by bottomland hardwood forests and swamps dotted with bare cypress trees decorated in Spanish moss, this marshy backcountry creates a magical scene perfect for kayaking (and photo taking too).. With some of Southern Louisiana’s wildest terrain, this region offers water lovers the opportunity to sit back, relax and enjoy the show.. Located near the Gulf of Mexico, the city has become the ideal destination for dynamic fishing expeditions as it boasts an assortment of activities, including deep sea fishing, inland fishing, coastal fishing, fly fishing, rodeos, and fishing tournaments.

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Louisiana, in the Southern United States, is an electric cultural explosion. Cajun, Creole and American Southern accents, cuisine and heritage mingle together in one scenic destination. Swamps, French colonial architecture, charming villages and historic plantations are all found within the borders

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Louisiana has some of the top lakes in the country and an abundance of recreational options. Here's the top 7 Louisiana lakes to enjoy this summer.

Top 7 Louisiana Lakes to Enjoy this Summer –. Here’s the top 7 Louisiana lakes to enjoy this summer:. About 12 miles wide and 16 miles long, it looks more like a flooded cypress swamp than a natural lake.. Water behind this natural dam backed into sloughs and bayous, creating the lake.. Regardless of how Caddo was created, anglers today find Caddo Lake full of fish galore.. Strands of moss-draped cypress trees and lily pad thickets make Caddo Lake not only picturesque but highly productive for largemouth bass, catfish, bream and crappie.. At the heart of Toledo Bend Country is Toledo Bend Lake, which at 186,000 acres is the largest man-made lake in the Southern United States.. Shreveport Public Assembly and Recreation maintains a free public boat launch on the south shore of the lake.. The lake is paralleled on its west shore by Louisiana Highway 27 and is located about 17 miles south of Lake Charles, Louisiana.. It is not uncommon for anglers to catch speckled trout at seven lbs.. Lake D’Arbonne, is a marvelous 15,250-acre lake and is tremendously popular among locals and visitors, and record catches of bass, crappie, catfish and bream make Lake D’Arbonne a fishing haven.. Wide open areas of the lake, about seven miles from the Lake D”Arbonne State Park, appeal to water skiers and pleasure boaters.. False River has often held the state record for the largest bass caught, and has the largest number of striped bass per acre in the state.. Additionally, water sports including boating, sailing, and water skiing may be enjoyed in the clean, sparkling waters of the lake.

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When planning a weekend getaway in Louisiana, there are so many options that it helps to start your search by considering the type of trip you want to have, whether it is a family getaway, romantic getaway, solo trip, or something else.. Beyond the plantations, you can spend a day taking in the culture.. It is known as the "Happiest City in America," where you can experience a well-rounded weekend Cajun experience in terms of culture, food, and music.. To add to your historic exploration, visit the Capitol Park Museum .. You can start your time in the area by visiting The Biedenharn Museum and Gardens in Monroe.. The museum has four sections to visit: the historic Biedenharn home , the Bible Museum , the ELSong Gardens , and the Coke Museum .. Trails through the forest are marked and range from half-mile trails to 30-mile trails that require backpacking.. It is now a State Historic Site and State Park.. Where to Stay inNew Orleans: If you are concentrating on New Orleans and looking for accommodation, have a read through our article on the Where to Stay in New Orleans: Best Areas & Hotels .

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Louisiana boasts a rich history, vibrant culture, and scenic natural areas perfect for an upbeat summer vacation.. Take a look at the top 10 places to enjoy a summer getaway in the Pelican State, and book your Louisiana vacation rental today.. Vacation rentals in Lafayette put you within range of shopping, restaurants, and several historic sites.. Book a vacation rental in Louisiana’s capital city, and you will never have a bored moment.. Blue Bayou Water Park is the perfect way to spend a summer afternoon, with pools, water slides, and waterways offering a sure way to beat the heat.. Many hours of shopping await you at Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets, including clothing stores, sport outlets, restaurants, and toy stores.. City parks in Bossier City have space for summer sports, picnics, and walking.. Nearby Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge provides a rich wetland environment with hiking trails and opportunities for fishing and wildlife watching.. The Louisiana History Museum showcases artifacts relating to the state’s history, including old photographs and vintage picture postcards.. Stop by the museum’s gift shop and grab a souvenir to take back to your vacation rental.. Book your vacation rental in Lake Charles to experience wild Louisiana firsthand.. Lake Charles gives you access to Creole Nature Trail All-American Road, a lengthy trail that takes you through wetlands and beaches that are home to alligators, bobcats, otters, deer, and other large animals.. As with other large cities in Louisiana, Creole and Cajun culture help define life here, with Cajun summer festivals offering delicious regional dishes, games, and live music.

LA is one of the most exciting places to visit in the USA. These lakes in Los Angeles add a surreal beauty to the city of angels and are places that you must visit.

the lakes in Los Angeles .. The place has numerous activities to have a fun day out in the waters.. There is also the facility to rent out boats but there are restrictions on the type of boats and the speed limit too.. With no other water activity, this makes it very popular with anglers who can enjoy a whole day out in the tranquil settings without any disturbances.. This is one of the popular lakes near Los Angeles for boating and other recreational activities like camping, fishing, and jet skiing.. It is also a popular place for camping and offers all the facilities for a comfortable stay in the outdoors.. Are there any natural lakes in Los Angeles?. Where can I go swimming in Los Angeles?. Can you swim in Los Angeles?. Yes, you can enjoy swimming while being in Los Angeles.. Though this area is open for visitors all throughout the area, Lake Tahoe is a major tourist attraction here.

Famous across the world for its vibrant Mardi Gras celebrations, jazz music, soulful cuisine, and laid-back vibe, Louisiana makes a great place to live.

Top ranking schools combine with an outstandingly low crime rate, abundant local amenities, scenic parks, a median income expectation of $114,028, and a lakeside setting to make for an incredibly desirable destination.. In reward for the $556,636 you’ll need to lay down to get a property in this highly desirable neighborhood of New Orleans, you’ll get safe, quiet streets, the expectation of a $67,213 median income, friendly, highly educated neighbors, a low crime rate, and access to some of the best schools in the district.. As the Crazy Tourist notes , residents can expect the dual luxury of a great quality of life (supported by the suburb range of local schools and lower than average crime rate) and a fabulous range of amenities (which cover both mom and pop stores and chains).. As Area Vibes notes , crime is all of 42% lower than the national average (giving residents a just 1 in 63 chance of becoming a victim); at $86,511, the median household income is 56% higher than the national average; income per capita is 46% higher than the national average; at a paltry 3%, unemployment is 40% lower than the US average; while the high school graduation rate of 94% is 13% higher than the US average (test scores, meanwhile, are 53% higher than the US average).. Along with an $88,783 median income, residents can expect a supremely low crime rate, an excellent range of schools, a fabulous community education program, a thriving job market, and a safe, peaceful environment located within just 15 miles of the big city attractions of New Orleans.. The welcoming little neighborhood of Irish Channel scores well across the board– the median income is decent at $56,224, the schools score highly, the crime rate is one of New Orleans’s lowest, it’s close to downtown and the highway (as well as within walking distance of a great range of bars and shops), and there’s character oozing from every corner.. IF you fancy earning $20k more than the national average, then consider Audubon, a New Orleans neighborhood where the schools are first-rate, the population is as welcoming as it is diverse, the low employment level is equaled only by the low poverty level, the amenities are plentiful, the job market is booming, and the property is so desirable, residents can happily charge $634,353 for a single-family home and still have buyers lining up around the corner.. If you want to live in an area that has access to some of the best schools in New Orleans, where residents can expect the distinctly above average median income of $61,995, where all the amenities, recreational venues, and services you could ever need are right on your very doorstep, and were your neighbors offer a warm welcome, then you may want to consider East Riverside.. The neighborhood’s population of 6,092 is well served by an excellent array of parks, locally-owned shops, restaurants, and bars, while the low crime rate, great schools, and thriving economy make it as equally an attractive proposition to families as to single millennials.. The low crime rate (50% lower than the US average, by the last count), high median household income (51% higher than average), exceptional schools (the graduation rate of 98% is 18% higher than the US average), and bountiful supply of amenities combine to make this attractive suburb one of Baton Rouge’s best.. A low crime rate, top rating schools, a fabulous range of amenities, and a job market that’s strong enough to support the above-average median income of $84,371 combine to make South Baton Rouge a force to be reckoned with.. The quaint architecture is worth the price tag alone: combine that with the outstanding range of boutiques, eateries and bars on Magazine Street and Saint Charles, the top-rated schools serving the area, the healthy job market (not to mention equally healthy median income of $71,779), low crime rate, and relaxed, easy-going vibe, and you can understand why Uptown is such a huge draw for those looking for a taste of the good life.. As well as offering a clutch of high-ranking schools (Benjamin Franklin High School, Lusher Charter School, and Haynes Academy School for Advanced Studies all score top marks for test scores and graduation rates), the community is served well by a bevy of amenities, a thriving economy, and great transportation links into the heart of New Orleans.. For that small price, you get a list of benefits a mile long: job opportunities abound (and, judging by the median income of $94,444, most pay incredibly well), schools are above average, the small town, friendly vibe contrasts with a great clutch of amenities and leisure opportunities, while the low crime rate contributes to safe, walkable streets.. Thanks to a booming job market, residents can expect the very robust median income of $116,979, while students can expect to enjoy an outstanding education at any one of the excellent schools servicing the district.

For most people, when they think about Louisiana, they think about jazz and the French Quarter and paddlewheel boats on the Mississippi turning out that classic calliope.. What they certainly don’t think about are the following lesser-known but nevertheless amazing examples of natural and architectural beauty that the great state of Louisiana has to offer…. When you think of grand plantation homes in Louisiana, it’s hard not to picture Oak Alley — also known as “The Grande Dame of the Great River Road,” with its canopy of ancient oaks leading you up to the “big house.” If you decide to visit and partake of the natural and architectural splendor, overnight stays in the plantation’s various cottages are a good bet, as are the in-room evening meals featuring excellent Cajun cuisine.. But note: “the use of ‘drones’ or any aerial photography devices is not permitted.” So… keep the drone at home.. It is, in fact, America’s largest garden dedicated solely to roses, with 65 individual gardens and a whopping 20,000 rose bushes.. There are actually six sites making up this renowned park system, but the best is easily the Barataria Preserve, 23,000 acres of pristine Louisiana wetlands that will make you fall in love with the beauty of the swamp.. Here you’ll find marshes, forests, bayous, and lots of animals — birds, frogs, snakes, turtles, nutria, and, of course, alligators.. You might recognize the name of this place, seeing as it’s on every bottle of Tabasco sauce.. If you’re looking for a National Forest in Louisiana, Kisatchie is the state’s one and only.. The entire forest is too big to admire at once, but a good start is the Castor Creek scenic area, where you’ll find a stunning azalea trail.. Fascinating and beautiful.. Not everyone is lucky enough to have grown up in “The Boot.” If you didn’t grow up in Louisiana, there are more than a few reasons why you need to make a trip to the South to experience this amazing state firsthand.. Louisiana is such a unique place and everyone should be sure to visit and experience all that its culture has to offer.

There's more to Louisiana than New Orleans. Visit one of these intriguing small Louisiana towns for arts, Cajun culture, scenery, and friendly people.

The Abita Springs Opry, a live-music show that is broadcast nationwide, is filmed in Abita Springs.. Spend time strolling the shops and eating, eating, eating, but be sure to catch some live music in this culturally-rich community.. Cajun music is on the stage every night at Pont Breaux's Cajun Restaurant (which also serves up excellent traditional Cajun food), and every weekend at La Poussière, an old-school Cajun dancehall.. Also, Breaux Bridge makes a good base for swamp touring and other eco-tourism.. If you time it right you can catch the annual Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival, a celebration of the region's favorite crustacean and a fun time.. Musically-inclined visitors should also visit Marc Savoy's Music Store, where Saturday morning jams often feature Cajun and Zydeco music royalty, kicking back and throwing down tunes with players of all levels.

While the United States as a whole blends numerous cultures, there are few places with as concentrated of a melting pot as there is in Louisiana. Not only do varying heritages and languages meet in this state, but different types...

Flickr user: finchlake2000 Starting Location : Sulphur, LA Ending Location : Lake Charles, LA Length : 100 miles Best Season to Drive : All See drive on Google Maps. Seize the chance to view local wildlife like alligators and spoonbills at Sabine National Wildlife Refuge , watch the shrimpers bring in their catch along the coast, or tour the classic Victorian architecture in downtown Lake Charles.. Flickr user: Miguel Discart Starting Location : Thibodeaux, LA Ending Location : Raceland, LA Length : 19 miles Best Season to Drive : All See drive on Google Maps. Flickr user: J E Theriot Starting Location : Livonia, LA Ending Location : Plaquemine, LA Length : 36 miles Best Season to Drive : All See drive on Google Maps. Flickr user: LeAnne Starting Location : Port Allen, LA Ending Location : New Roads, LA Length : 31 miles Best Season to Drive : All See drive on Google Maps. Flickr user: finchlake2000 Starting Location : Leesville, LA Ending Location : Sicily Island, LA Length : 153 miles Best Season to Drive : All See drive on Google Maps. Flickr user: anthonyturducken Starting Location : St. Vincent, LA Ending Location : Ponchatoula, LA Length : 32 miles Best Season to Drive : All See drive on Google Maps. Flickr user: LeAnne Starting Location : Downsville, LA Ending Location : Downsville, LA Length : 19 miles Best Season to Drive : All See drive on Google Maps. Flickr user: Andy Castro Starting Location : Lafayette, LA Ending Location : New Orleans, LA Length : 153 miles Best Season to Drive : All See drive on Google Maps. Stop in Lake Fausse Pointe State Park to hike the trails or canoe the cypress swamp, and the Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge is a prime place to spot alligators.. Flickr user: finchlake2000 Starting Location : Bellwood, LA Ending Location : Gorum, LA Length : 23 miles Best Season to Drive : All See drive on Google Maps. Although the miles on this trip are few, travelers along this way will likely be surprised at the diversity of terrain and wildlife present on this route through the Kisatchie National Forest .. Flickr user: Michael McCarthy Starting Location : Allen, LA Ending Location : Cloutierville, LA Length : 48 miles Best Season to Drive : All See drive on Google Maps. This scenic route through the Cane River region is a virtual tour of Civil War history as well as a showcase for a wide variety of cultures, including Native American, French, and African peoples.

It’s easy to fall in love with New Orleans, but it’s so easy to overlook some of the lesser known, underrated cities in Louisiana. Here are two we love.

Speeding west on I-10 toward Baton Rouge and Lafayette means shedding the tourist trappings and easing into one of the country’s most singular and exciting food and music scenes.. Baton Rouge is about an hour and a half from New Orleans, and Lafayette another hour beyond that, making them a good change of pace to package in with a trip to NOLA , or -- depending on where you’re coming from -- fly into directly.. On the surface, the things you’ll do in Louisiana’s less-famous cities don’t differ from what you’d do in New Orleans -- listen to music , eat incredible food , and soak up the local culture -- but how you enjoy them is entirely different.. Gus Rezende, founder of Social Entertainment , a hospitality company, uses the music scene in Lafayette to frame the difference: “New Orleans created a musician-driven culture,” he explains, which means that cover charges are high and you’ll pay for what you watch.. At Baton Rouge’s Live After 5 (also held on Friday nights), huge swaths of people sway to the music, couples create a dance floor in front, and children zoom about, learning the local rhythms.. “New Orleans is Creole city food,” says Jay Ducote, an LSU alum, The Next Food Network Star runner-up, and chef of Government Taco in Baton Rouge.. Whether you're looking for gators, crawdads, or characters, getting out of New Orleans and heading to Baton Rouge and Lafayette brings you face-to-face with the local culture.

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And while all of those are beautiful in their own right, Louisiana’s natural beauty extends far past them, and there’s plenty to find if you’re willing to go exploring.. Lake Martin | Tyler Domingue / Unsplash St. Martin Parish Tucked into the heart of Louisiana’s Cajun Country and part of The Nature Conservancy’s Cypress Island Preserve, Lake Martin is part of a larger cypress-tupelo swamp.. LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens Baton Rouge While most visitors to Baton Rouge know to make a swing through the LSU campus to visit Mike the Tiger or walk through the oak tree-shaded Quad, few know to head south of campus toward the Botanic Gardens.. Here, you’ll find a variety of flora to entertain even the least likely gardener, including plumeria, bromeliads, herbs, roses and even some of the largest collections of ginger and camellias in the world.. Just head to Caddo Parish in the northwestern corner of the state, and you’ll find the American Rose Society, whose gardens span 118 acres of florid beauty.. It includes 23,000 acres of Louisiana wetlands that will make you fall in love with the beauty of the swamp.. Grand Isle | Bonnie Taylor Barry / Shutterstock Jefferson Parish Nestled along the South Louisiana coastline is the state’s only inhabited barrier island, Grand Isle, and if you have any interest in birding or fishing, you’ll want to pay this oasis a visit.. Once a hideout for the pirate Jean Lafitte, who later became a Battle of New Orleans hero, Grand Isle offers birding trails, the Elmer’s Island Wildlife Refuge , fishing spots, wide-open beaches, and a magnificent view of the Gulf of Mexico.. Kisatchie National Forest | Justin Meissen / flickr Central and Northern Louisiana If you’re looking for a National Forest in Louisiana, Kisatchie is the state’s one and only.. Poverty Point | Michael Homan / flickr Northeastern Louisiana It might not seem like the most beguiling name, but Poverty Point is actually an incredible (and incredibly important) archeological site dating back more than 3,000 years, when Native Americans built this series of mounds and ridges thought to be the hub of a trading system that spanned thousands of miles.. Lake Claiborne | MRHSfan / flickr Homer With its sandy beaches, boating, and abundant fishing opportunities (there’s a reason Louisiana is called “Sportsmans’ Paradise,” and it ain’t because of the Saints), Lake Claiborne is a fantastic place to visit if you want to drink in Louisiana’s natural splendor.. Darrell Miller / flickr St. Francisville When you think of Louisiana, you might not think of rolling hills, bluffs, and ravines, but that’s exactly what you’ll find in Tunica Hills.. Lynford Morton / flickr Slidell Less than an hour from New Orleans, and you’ll find the Honey Island Swamp.. While many think of mysterious creatures and spooky waterways, Honey Island is a perfect example of some of the breathtaking natural scenes you’ll find in Louisiana’s swamplands.

Facts about Louisiana that you didn't know! Louisiana State Capitol Building is the tallest state capital in the United States.

Louisiana is the 25 th most populous and the 31 st most extensive of the 50 states of the United States.. Louisiana ( nicknamed : the Sugar State, the Bayou State, the Creole State, the Child of the Mississippi, the Pelican State) has 64 parishes.. Louisiana State Capitol Building is the tallest state capital in the United States.. The nickname of the state “the Pelican State” comes from the many pelicans that used to inhabit the state’s gulf coast.. The official flag of Louisiana was adopted in 1912, one hundred years after Louisiana became a state.. Louisiana is one of the wettest states in the U.S. Hawaii overall is the rainiest state in the US.. The Louisiana state license plates had the following nickname and phrases appear on them, beginning with: the “Bayou State”, “World’s Fair Plate” and the “Sportsman’s Paradise Plate.” [9]. After New Orleans, Baton Rouge, the capital of Louisiana, is the second largest city in the state.

Find 10 best weekend getaways in Louisiana (LA). These family getaway ideas will help you get started planning your Louisiana trip to most popular places including beautiful cities, towns, beaches, and natural wonders.

Perfect getaways in the Pelican State. From Lafayette to New Orleans, we’re counting down ten of the best weekend getaways in Louisiana.. That’s right, Avery Island is the proud home to the world famous Tabasco sauce.. So, if you like good times, then this is exactly your kind of getaway.. It is a lively and upbeat town that has even LA natives driving for miles to getaway in this city beautiful.. Check out a show, try some shopping, or find some hidden trails and paths on the outskirts.. Lake Charles is the perfect weekend getaway for those who want to explore Louisiana history and culture.. As a city in southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette is a beautifully diverse town with a rich culture to explore.

New Orleans and Baton Rouge get lots of attention, and for good reasons. But it’s Louisiana’s small towns that capture the state’s history, renowned culinary traditions, and distinctive character –...

From the exemplary seafood in Grand Isle to bald eagle-watching in Morgan City to stories of the mythical Rougarou in Houma—these towns are chock full of charm.. Located in Webster Parish, it’s home to the Northwest Louisiana Film Trail , which highlights more than 20 local filming sites.. If you can’t make that, there’s always the Shake Your Trail Feather Festival , a music festival held in October where you can paddle down the bayou and enter a contest for the best bird costume.. At the Southdown Plantation and Museum, visitors can take a tour and learn about Mardi Gras in Houma, the native tribes of Louisiana, the history of the sugarcane industry, and scope out the original family furnishings.. Come spring, Grand Isle puts on the Grand Isle Migratory Bird Celebration, honoring the hard-working birds who’ve flown across the Gulf of Mexico and migrated to the island.

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