Travel Updates:

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Paddle Boarding with
Bayou Paddle Co.
Mark Salvetti

Canoe, Kayak, or Paddleboard on the Northshore

The Northshore is laced with bayous, river, and streams that make it easy to glide through the scenery the old fashioned way, in kayaks and canoes, as well as standing atop paddleboards. You can rent kayaks from several outfitters, including or Brooks' Bike Shop, Massey's Outfitters, and kayaks and canoes at Bayou Adventure in Lacombe and Canoe and Trail Adventures in Covington. Contact Bayou Paddle Co. to find out how you can SUP on a guided excursion on the Tchefuncte and Bogue Falaya Rivers. Launch locations are open to the public for your own vessel or rented equipment.

Canoeing and Kayak Launch Sites

Bayou Bonfouca - Slidell
Cane Bayou - Mandeville/Lacombe
  • Hwy. 190 between Fontainebleau State Park and Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge (Bayou Adventure
Tchefuncte River
  • Side of Highway 22 bridge where it crosses the Tchefuncte River
  • Boat Launch at mouth of river
  • Fairview-Riverside State Park
Abita River, Bogue Falaya and Tchefuncte River
Bayou Lacombe
  • Lake Road in Bayou Lacombe
  • Big Branch Wildlife Refuge, Boy Scout Road
Lake Pontchartrain
  • Mandeville Harbor, Jackson Avenue at Lakeshore Drive
Pearl River
  • Highway 90
    Pearl River
  • Crawford Landing
    Pearl River
  • Davis Landing
    Pearl River

Looking for a public park you don't see here? St. Tammany Parish Government maintains an inventory of the public areas it maintains including recreation districts and parish-operated facilities. Click here for a list of these areas.