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03-29-2011 11:31 AM
cthomas Check Heron's Way Marina in Mandeville. Very nice marina. We have been there for almost six years. Coming from Baton Rouge is only about 10 minutes further and you will like both being on the East side of the causeway and the protection of Bayou Castain.
03-25-2011 02:55 PM
nolatom Bill, don't know what you're sailing or what you draw. Mandeville is still a 20-mile sail, easy downwind in the south-sw breezes we'll have this weekend, but could be a "long" beat back if your boat isn't a close-winded greyhound, and maybe a little lumpy on the north shore if the wind kicks up.

Not much on the south shore, most of us sail between the Causeway and the Lakefront airport (easy reaches in a southerly). If you're a centerboarder, you could sail over to Pontchartrain Beach, tie up at the end of the old pier, and walk ashore for a picnic and a swim. Or anchor out and swim in if you draw a lot.

Also, a putt-putt through the outer and inner harbors at West End can be decent "sightseeing" with all the boats and boathouses. You can sail or motorsail the outer harbor, but need to motor the tighter inner harbor. and you can tie up at the dock at Landry's Seafood restaurant for a drink and a decent meal.

Pm me if you have any questions. Enjoy! looks like a warm, good-weather couple of days.

03-24-2011 07:33 PM
Nudibranch Capt. Bill,

From the southshore, its a nice sail to Mandeville on the north side of the lake. You can tie up at the wall just inside the entrance for free for 4 days (if I remember correctly), you need to check in at the yacht club, (the closest two story building). Plenty of places to eat and drink and explore.
03-24-2011 10:34 AM
travlineasy Looks like I'll have to make a trip back to the sunny south so I can show those folks how to STEAM crabs--NOT boil them. UGH! Can't imagine boiled crab! Must be something like those tiny gum erasers I ate in Bossier City one night. Somebody told me they were crawdads, but to me they tasted just like tiny, gum erasers with hot seasoning. Get yourself a big can of Old Bay Seafood Seasoning and do those crabs some justice.

Old Bay Seasoning


03-24-2011 09:59 AM
Weekending the Lake

I'm trailering down to Lake Pontchatrain tomorrow and will spend the weekend sailing out of the Orleans Marina on the South Shore. Can any locals give me any tips on places to go more specific than "explore the lake?"
06-17-2010 09:10 PM
ROSA I just heard on the radio that it was closed today for repairs. Sometime it is stuck up and sometime down. I have been stuck trying to get back home and so has my son. All the best.
06-17-2010 04:37 PM
jaydducote Thanks ROSA. I have the chart you referred to, so I should be good to go there. I'll make sure to check with the Hwy 11 drawbridge on VHF. Hopefully it is operational next weekend!
06-16-2010 08:44 PM
ROSA The hwy 11 and the train bridge monitor channel 13 on low power. I would call before departing to check as the car bridge is sometime stuck for days. It is old and parts must be made to order. I have seen it out for weeks. From where you are you should be able to raise both bridges on VHF 13 to see if they are operational.

4' draft should be no problem in general, but I am not sure about the entrance to Salt Bayou. After crossing under I-10 the channel is green marked toward the eastern shore headed roughly ENE. It goes straight until it dog legs to the South East. After the dogleg to starboard it becomes narrower and shallower, around 6' to 7'. The channel is only marked by green markers, and leads to the entrance to the Rigolets. Salt Bayou is about half way down the channel after the dogleg and off to port. The current in this area of the Lake can be a factor and you should get tide info before setting out. You need chart 11369.
06-16-2010 05:31 PM
jaydducote I'm glad we've got a community of sailors in Louisiana. I'm excited to get out there. My first trip will be a short little jaunt from Bonfouca Marina on the west side of Slidell, into Pontchartrain via Bayou Liberty, and then sailing east under the I-10 bridge to Salt Bayou where I'm meeting some people for a crab boil. Does anybody have any suggestions, recommendations, or advice for sailing that part of the lake just south of Slidell? What do I need to know to get through the Hwy 11 draw bridge? Where is it too shallow to go with 4' draft? What is the best time do day to sail in the summer... are winds better in the mornings and late in the day, or is it the same all the time? Any other situational or navigational advice would be great. Thanks!
06-09-2010 01:02 PM
geetcher Not a bad life at all! Sounds like you've got the right idea!
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