Lake Martin/Cypress Island Preserve/Lake La Pointe

Trail Notes:

Lake Martin is the largest nesting area of wading birds in the United
States. It's been listed as one of the top 10 bird watching spots in the
United States by the Audubon Society. Lake Martin also has its share of
nutria and alligators. And it goes without saying, the fishing's great here
and in the basin. They don't call Louisiana the Sportsman's Paradise for

Fellow hikers note this is the Best Spot in Louisiana to consistently see
the Big alligators of our great state (how many of us have been to Jean
Laffite without even noticing one ?) Please note, if you arrive at Lake
Martin during alligator nesting season, the levee trails will be closed.
Alligators bite !

Avian activity at the lake is phenomenal. Each spring birdwatchers spy:
little blue, green & black crowned night herons; great, snowy & cattle
egrets; white ibis; roseate spoonbills; American anhingas; barn swallows
and wood ducks.

The Nature Conservancy of Louisiana protects this site. More information
on Cypress Island Preserve & the Louisiana Nature Conservancy may be

User Groups:
day hikers, bird watchers

no day use permits are required

Take I-10 west from Baton Rogue. Leave I-10 at exit #109 at Breaux
Bridge. Turn Left on Hwy. #328 and drive under I-10. Go one mile to
Hwy. #94 and turn Right. Cross Bayou Teche and immediately turn Left
on Hwy. #31 and drive 3.5 miles. Turn Right on road labeled "Lake
Martin." Proceed down this road all the way to the end. Welcome to Lake
Martin, please keep it clean, wet and wild!

Turn Left and follow road to beginning of nature trail and/or view birds
and 15 ft. alligators to your right along the way. It is okay to stop if you
get over to the far right. This road is two-way traffic.

Lake Martin is 125 miles from New Orleans and 45 miles from Baton


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