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St. Tammany Parish

Picturesque towns, awe-inspiring green space, unique attractions and a dynamic culinary scene all make St. Tammany Parish, aka Louisiana's Northshore, a great place to visit.

See gators and other wildlife from your tour boat in the pristine Honey Island Swamp. Explore Big Branch Nature Preserve and Northlake Nature Center, home of the Great Louisiana BirdFest, or check out our state parks, Fairview-Riverside and the historic Otis House Museum on its grounds, and Fontainebleau with its huge, moss-draped oaks, the ruins of an 1830s-era sugar mill, and a sandy beach on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain.

Sample the charms of Northshore towns via the Tammany Trace, a 31-mile rails-to-trails hike and bike path. Charter a boat or fish right off public piers. Learn about maritime history in Madisonville, shop for antiques in Covington, Mandeville or Slidell.

Hungry? The Northshore is rich in Louisiana culinary tradition, so enjoy Louisiana seafood, regional favorites -- and a locally-brewed Abita, Chafunkta or Old Rail beer.

Across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans, we're the Northshore, and we serve up a feast for all your senses.


Just 40 minutes north of New Orleans' French Quarter, the charming Northshore towns and relaxing green spaces of St. Tammany Parish make for a memory-making getaway. Our great outdoors really are great; we have 80,000 acres of nature preserve, scenic bayous and lakefront vistas.

The fishing is fantastic. Charter captains know the sweet spots in Lake Pontchartrain and beyond for monster trout, redfish and other catches. Public piers in Mandeville and Slidell give great access without a boat or crab from the banks of Lake Pontchartrain or in the coastal marshes along Lake Road in Lacombe.

Paddling is a favorite pastime, too; rent kayaks, canoes or paddleboards and meander down Cane Bayou or Bogue Falaya River, or take a tour through the pristine Honey Island Swamp in Slidell or the Tchefuncte River in Madisonville. Observe alligators in their native habitat, then learn more about them at Insta-Gator Ranch and Hatchery. Get a good look at the Northshore’s outdoor beauty during a bike ride on the Tammany Trace, a 31-mile pathway running from Covington to Slidell, through towns and parks and beautiful scenery.

You’ll find more to explore on the Northshore, cool places like the wacky Abita Mystery House in Abita Springs, and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum in Madisonville. Visit Abita Brewery for tastings and a tour, or sample award-winning wine at Pontchartrain Vineyards. You can shop galleries and boutiques of downtown Covington, Old Mandeville or Olde Towne Slidell. And when you’ve worked up an appetite, get ready for great Louisiana cooking, from family-owned and -operated places like Mandeville's Hambone or Covington's trio of husband-wife teams at Del Porto Ristorante, Lola and Oxlot 9. Learn more at www.LouisianaNorthshore.com.

Parish Area

1124 sq. miles
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