Lake Fausse Pointe State Park

Birdwatching and Nature Tours Popular on Lake Martin

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Located in South Louisiana near Breaux Bridge, Lake Martin is a shallow lake dotted with Cypress and Tupelo trees. The lake itself is free to the public, except for some trails. Guided tours are a popular year-round attraction on the lake, as well as fishing, birdwatching, air boating and viewing wildlife.

Visitors can fish for bass, bream and catfish or view wildlife such as frogs and numerous species of birds in the area, including ducks, owls, herons and cranes. The Lake has no boat size restrictions and no size limit on bass.

The Lake Martin Cypress Island Preserve is owned and maintained by The Nature Conservancy and features 9,500 acres of cypress-tupelo swamp and bottomland hardwood forest. A protected area that is home to one of the largest concentrations of migratory birds in the world is also accessible from the lake. Blue heron, cattle egrets, white ibis, roseate spoonbills and night herons nest at this area in the summer. During the migration season, it is common to see buntings and songbirds stopping at the lake. The area is a prime spot for birders to see and photograph a variety of North American avian species year-round.

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