St. Tammany Parish

AT A GLANCE

Parish Area

  • Total - 1124 sq. miles
  • Land - 854 sq. miles
  • Water - 270 sq. miles

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 Bird Fest.

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 or Heiner Brau beer.

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

LOUISIANA NORTHSHORE DESTINATION PROFILE

Just 45 minutes from downtown New Orleans, 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 and meander down Cane Bayou or take a tour through the pristine Honey Island Swamp. 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. See the wild side of the parish at the exciting Global Wildlife Center, a 900-acre nonprofit preserve that’s home to thousands of endangered and exotic animals.

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 free 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 Town Slidell. And when you’ve worked up an appetite, get ready for great Louisiana cooking, from mom-and-pop places like Louie and the Redhead Lady in Mandeville (featured on the Food Network’s ‘Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives’) or the elegant La Provence, operated by noted chef John Besh. Learn more at www.LouisianaNorthshore.com