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|Blue Crabs |Mandeville
State Park - (985)
Located just a short drive from New Orleans
taking a nice drive across the 24 mile long Lake Pontchartrain
Causeway Bridge. You can see the Fontainebleau State park to the
right when your a mile from the end of the bridge. You will see the
rental cabins that are on the waters edge of the lake plus the
fishing pier sticking out. There is also a pier close to the bridge
which is part of Sunrise Park. The 3rd pier about 2 miles from the
bridge is the one for the State Park. The Mississippi Gulf
Coast and their Casinos are just a 45 minute drive from this park
giving you a great day trip. This State Park makes for a perfect base point
because it is in the middle of so much this area has to offer. The
Mandeville/Covington area is at your front door with great
restaurants serving some of the best seafood in the south. The
Old Downtown Covington has an area with many antique shops. You also
have great antiques in Ponchatoula, Ole Town Slidell and Denham
Springs Antique Village. The Mandeville Lakefront is coming
alive with coffee shops and many small family restaurants that give
a great view of the lake. A short drive
up the road is Abita Springs where there is a local brewery and that
home town feeling. There is also Global Wildlife Center where you
can ride in covered wagons and roam the range of 1,000 acres where
you see and feed animals in their natural settings. You get up close
and personal with the animals when they come up to the wagons to get
State Park Information:
Entrance Fees: $1 per person; Free for Seniors (62 and
older) and children age 3 and under
Directions to Park - Three Different ways to get there.
From I-12, take US 190 (exit 63-A) south toward Mandeville. Continue
east on US 190; the park is approximately 4 miles east of the city.
GPS Coordinates: N 30.34523; W 90.02269.
From I-12, take exit 65. Drive south 3.5 miles on Hwy 59 to the
intersection with Hwy 190 (Florida St.). Turn left onto Hwy 190.
Drive east 2.5 miles to the Park entrance.
From the Causeway Toll Bridge, take Hwy 190 east. Drive
approximately 5 miles through Mandeville to the main Park entrance
on the right.
The crumbling brick ruins of a
sugar mill built in
1829 by Bernard de Marigny de Mandeville, founder of the nearby town
of Mandeville, suggest an interesting history for this site, and
indeed there is. The wealthy Marigny developed this area across Lake
Pontchartrain from New Orleans as a sugar plantation until 1852. The
plantation income helped support his lavish lifestyle. He named his
large land holding Fontainebleau after the beautiful forest near
Paris, a favorite recreation area of the French kings.
The 2,800-acre park is located on the shore of Lake
Pontchartrain. On a clear day, visitors can see the
lake dotted with
multi-colored sailboats of all sizes and types. The sandy beach also
is a delight for sunbathers. An old railroad track that runs through
the park has been converted into the Tammany Trace as a part of the
Rails to Trails program. It is a wonderful route for cycling, hiking
and in-line skating.
nature trail is a favorite of nature lovers.
Interpretive signs along the trail will help you identify many of
the common trees and shrubs. Always be on the lookout for birds and
other animals. Over 400 different species live in and around
Fontainebleau. The Fontainebleau Birding Guide is a good
resource for enthusiasts to identify the numerous species of birds
found in the area. Bordered on three sides by water--Lake
Pontchartrain, Bayou Cane and Bayou Castine--and characterized by a
convergence of diverse ecosystems, it has a multitude of habitats