The Lower Mississippi River Water Trail

214.5 RBD Manchac Point

Great all-weather campsite or picnic site up to flood stage BR 35. Tight 180 degree bend, watch carefully for freighters, tugs and tows.

Manchac Point is the first of the classic “Blind Corners” that paddlers will encounter after passing south of Baton Rouge. Unlike the gently curving bends you’ve enjoyed above Baton Rouge, for some geologic or hydraulic reason the bends of the river below Baton Rouge often curve around a single crux point, sometimes with a 180 degree swing of direction. The river seems to eddy and sometimes pool with giant boils at these crux points, and the normal flow of water displays strange behavior, from smooth laminar flow to massive boils and swirlings that seem to wander aimlessly about the river face, and can leave paddlers in a bit of confusion. This can be a bit un-nerving to lose all your current at one of these points. But imagine the extra fright when you lose all your current and then simultaneously you are confronted with an oncoming freighter who has suddenly appeared downstream and is furiously headed your way full steam ahead and you seem to be directly in its line of passage!

At Manchac Point the entire river squeezes down to half its width, so you can visualize what happens to water speed, river depth and turbulence. All liquid parameters seem to increase in inverse proportion. Whatever width the river loses it adds to its other factors making for a riverscape full of surprises and transformational beauty. Be ready to for a wild ride on windy days, stormy days, or when a tugboat has passed by. On calm days you will find yourself casually maneuvered by swirly meanderings, and may be amazed by the expressions of boils and whirlpools, the reflections of the sky, the forests, and the clouds stirred into the muddiness of America. When you make landing the view upstream and down is a rich mixture of tall trees with a fantastically taller radio tower rising behind like the beanstalk in Jack’s fable, disappearing into the atmosphere on cloudy days. Freighters parade around Manchac Point making a graceful dance with carefully placed steps. The lower the water the better the view from the sandbar. You can see miles down Medora Crossing with Plaquemine Island peaking like a child playing hide-and-go-seek from around Clara Belle Landing (halfway down Plaquemine Point). At the end of this great causeway rises the crackers and towers and burn-off flares of Dow Chemical, its lower docking facility also visible as a line of bright lights after dark. The distances are so great that even the giant sea-going freighters appear to be toys as they appear and disappear around Plaquemine Island.

If you intend to camp at Manchac Point stay right bank descending along the West Bank and enjoy close encounters with wildlife and a tangled forest falling into the water. A thick sycamore forest gives way eventually to willows. Towards the end of the point giant black willows punctuate the otherwise thin forest. Hidden over the bank a narrow slough choked with trees parallels the main channel. This slough is only accessible when the river is bank full, 30 BR or higher. The best sandbars form below 214.8RBD just beyond the sharpest point of the bend. I guess you could consider them “downstream” of the bend, or maybe you could say in the pooling area below the bend. It seems as if the turbulent waters flush the sediments out of the bottom of the river here and deposit the best sand in high piles past the crux of the bend.

Manchac bursts open with insects like dragonflies, buffalo gnats, cicadas, mayflies, wasps, wild bees, and many moths and butterflies including monarchs (in their season). You might see crawfish chimneys here growing up amongst the elephant ears and sagitaria along the muddy banks. Meanwhile out on the open sand bar red grass and other grasses, vines and weeds take hold where they can. At low water levels 0-12 BR there will be endless choices for landings along the mile-long length of biggest and best bar (from approx 214.5 down to 213.5 RBD), with other smaller bars forming above the point. At low water you will also find a long line of skinny bars descending downstream of 213.5 below the tree line becoming muddier and muddier in composition and bisected by layers of deep squishy black mud with questionable heavy metal content. Beautiful protected inlets form at low water, and are found as the water rises in various shapes and configurations. Look for a particularly protected harbor at base of big dune above the main sandbar between 5 and 10 BR. You can paddle into this protected place, and make landing without having to worry so much about big waves from freighters (and others). A protective ring of shallows forms around this harbor and as result destructive waves are greatly reduced by the shoaling effect. You will find this same protection at various other landings further downstream, such as at the head of some of the smaller passes (notably Baptiste Collette at mile 11 LBD).

At medium water levels 12-22 BR all secondary choices above and below 214.5 disappear, but you will still have acres of high ground to choose from on the high ground atop the main bar at 214.5 RBD. Manchac Beach will accommodate paddling groups of any size at any water level up to bank full. At bank full 30BR you will have to camp in the willows at the edge of the river. There are no protective sandy harbors at this level, but you will be able to pull your vessel up close to camp, and the tent sites will be as good as it gets. Amongst the willows you will find buttonbush, mimosas, pea vine and chamomile growing on the sandy ridges, with blood clot grasses and aromatic flowers. Camping becomes increasingly limited above 30BR, and disappears completely at flood stage.

215 LBD Bayou Manchac

Bayou Manchac: ancient trade route. Possible 119 mile “shortcut” to the Gulf Coast via to Lake Ponchartrain, but requires an 8-mile portage to reach route.

As you round Manchac Point, on the left bank descending you can see a slender row of trees peaking over the levee. These trees, mainly young cypress, mark the historic channel of Bayou Manchac. The first European given name of this bayou appears on early maps as the Iberville River. French Canadian Explorer and founder of French Louisiana, Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville, along with his brother Bienville (founder of New Orleans and 4 time Governor of the Louisiana Territory) first came across Bayou Manchac on their successful 1699 expedition to locate the mouth of the Mississippi River. After traveling upriver from the Gulf all the way to just north of Baton Rouge, Iberville’s party descended the Mississippi in March of 1699.

At three o’clock in the afternoon, we got down to the stream(Bayou Manchac) that goes to the Bylocchy (Native American tribe with settlement near where Iberville’s fleet is moored, “Biloxi”) and to the bay where the ships are. I have seen no possibility of getting the longboats through it. M. de Sauvole (first Governor of French Louisiana) has gone on in the longboats. I have ordered him to take soundings of the river mouth and the middle pass: and my brother (Bienville) went on in my longboat, in which was the chief of the Bayou Goula (Native American tribe with settlement on west bank of Mississippi River). He gave me a Mougoulascha (Native American tribe) to guide me to the sea by way of this little stream, which I entered about four oclock in the afternoon with the two bark canoes and four of my men and the Mougoulascha. I went 2 leagues (1 league roughly equals 3.25km) down it and there spent the night. This river or creek is no more than 8 or 10 yards wide, being full of uprooted trees, which obstruct it. During low water there are 3 to 4 feet of water: during high water 2 to 3 fathoms (1 fathom = 6 feet). Within these 2 leagues I have made ten portages, some being 10 yards long, others 300 or 400 yards, more or less.

– Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville, March 24, 1699

At the direction of the Native Americans, Iberville took Bayou Manchac as a short cut back to the Gulf of Mexico where his fleet was anchored. He traveled in two bark canoes from the afternoon of March 24th until just before noon on the 31st when two of his boats picked him up as he crossed the Mississippi Sound heading towards Ship Island off the coast of present day Gulfport, Mississippi. The first 8 miles of the journey from the head of Bayou Manchac at the Mississippi River to where Alligator Bayou merges into Bayou Manchac is a twisted and shallow, sometimes dry, stretch of bayou choked with trees and brush. The bayou is easily navigable by canoe from Alligator Bayou on. Iberville’s short cut began in Bayou Manchac but meandered some 164 miles to where his ships were anchored. This route began in the fresh waters of the Mississippi River, descended Bayou Manchac and the Amite River through Cypress / Tupelo swamps, crossed large lakes, paddled through salt marsh and set across the open waters of the Mississippi Sound.

Approximate mileage of Iberville’s back route: Head of Bayou Manchac at MS River to Alligator Bayou = 8 miles; Bayou Manchac from Alligator Bayou to Amite River = 10 miles; Amite River to Lake Maurepas = 36 miles; Lake Maurepas crossing = 9.5 miles Pass Manchac from Lake Maurepas to lake Ponchartrain = 6 miles; Lake Ponchartrain crossing = 35 miles; Rigolets = 6 miles; winding eastwardly through Pear River delta to Gulf of Mexico = 10 miles; another 45+ miles up the Gulf Coast and across the Mississippi Sound to the fleet at Ship Island. Total trip = 164 miles approximately.

According to Mary Ann’s Along the River Road, “Manchac” is thought to be “rear entrance” in Choctaw. Bayou Manchac offers a unique opportunity to trace the path of the legendary Iberville, winding along the bayou much as the bark canoes must have some 300 years ago. Today, a portion of the bayou beginning in St Gabriel though not navigable by boat is traced by a road that offers a beautiful drive for several miles. If your lucky you can find the oldest tree in sight, feel it’s bark and imagine that the hands of Iberville himself brushed along this same surface as he labored through this clogged stretch of Bayou. Or simply rest in the shade of these ancient trees knowing they would have contributed their breathe to his lungs as they do to yours now. These same trees were documented by famed botanist William Batram when he traveled Bayou Manchac from the Amite River to the Mississippi during his journey in 1775 and were said to have been “…trees of the first order in magnitude and beauty.” Sadly, hardly any old growth timber remains in Louisiana as most was logged by the mid 20th century.

Bayou Manchac has been a dynamic dividing line in the history of Louisiana. Around 1762, the French ceded their territory west of the Mississippi and south of Bayou Manchac to the Spanish and then their territory east of the Mississippi and North of Bayou Manchac to the British. Bayou Manchac served as an international boundary between the British West Florida and the Spanish Isle of Orleans from 1763 – 1783. The English built Fort Bute in 1765 on the northern bank of the bayou near the Mississippi River and established a settlement called Manchac. The Spanish constructed a fortification referred to as Fort St Gabriel. In 1779, the Spanish overtook the British gaining control of both sides of Bayou Manchac until the southern bank was given back to France in 1800. In 1803 the land south of Bayou Manchac was sold in the Louisiana purchase once again making Bayou Manchac an international border, this time between Spanish West Florida and the growing United States. This lasted until the West Florida Rebellion and eventual annexation of this land by the United States.

Though never having a consistently navigable connection to the Mississippi River, Bayou Manchac was temporarily dammed by order of General Andrew Jackson in defense of the City of New Orleans in 1814. The Louisiana Legislature then mandated permanent closure of the bayou in 1826. Much debate continued about the usefulness of Bayou Manchac and the possibilities of its navigation for many decades, this dream being explored as recently as 1977. Never the less, for most alive today, Bayou Manchac is merely a note in the history books or a line on the map dividing parishes. Recent years have seen challenges from development, flooding and an excessive littler problem as the bayou receives an enormous quantity of trash washed out from the sprawling city of Baton Rouge. But much like the Mississippi, Bayou Manchac is ripe for rediscovery by present day explorers. It faces its fair share of challenges and is a far cry from the pristine wilderness that the Native tribes must have thrived in but a journey along its dark and storied waters is well worth the effort. (Michael Orr)

Leave A Comment

Middle Mississippi & Bluegrass Hills / Bootheel 195-0, 954-850 ST. LOUIS TO CARUTHERSVILLE
Chickasaw Bluffs 850 – 737 CARUTHERSVILLE TO MEMPHIS
Upper Delta 736 – 663 MEMPHIS TO HELENA
Middle Delta 663 – 537 HELENA TO GREENVILLE
Loess Bluffs 437 – 225 VICKSBURG TO BATON ROUGE
Atchafalaya River 159 – 0 SIMMESPORT TO MORGAN CITY
Louisiana Delta 229 – 10 BATON ROUGE TO VENICE
Baton Rouge to New Orleans
Baton Rouge Gauge (BR)  
230 LBD Welcome to Baton Rouge: Downtown Riverfront
Baton Rouge Sites and Services of interest to Paddlers  
229.6 – 228.6 RBD Port Of Baton Rouge
The I-10 (New) Bridge  
229 LBD Glass Beach
Directions to Glass Beach  
Daytrips from Baton Rouge  
229 LBD Old Municipal Dock
229 – 228.5 Lower Baton Rouge Anchorage
229.1 RBD Baton Rouge City Wharf: Community Coffee
SoLa Coffee Companies  
How to Brew a Great-Tasting Pot of River-Rat Coffee:  
228.9 RBD Cargill Greater Baton Rouge Port Commission Grain Wharf
Port Allen/West Baton  
229 – 228.5 LBD Lower Baton Rouge Anchorage
228.5 LBD Economy Boat Store Wharf
228.4 RBD Mouth of ICWW
228.4 RBD Intracoastal Waterway (Morgan City Port Allen Route)
Resupply from Intercostal Waterway Boat Ramp (Under Hwy 1)  
228.4 – 226 RBD Cargo Carriers Port Allen Fleet West Bank Mooring
What are Fleeted Barges?  
Paddling out of the Baton Rouge Industrial Reach  
228 RBD LSU Tigers Stadium
227.4 LBD LSU
Highlights of Industry  
Toxic Release Inventory (TRI)  
Chem Corridor Superlatives  
High-Tech Materials Used by Paddlers  
What about Terreprene?  
Green Spaces  
Wild Miles  
225.3 – 223.9 RBD Western Towing Company West Bank Fleet
225-223 Red Eye Crossing
224-221 LBD Missouri Bend Pointway
223-222 LBD Missouri Island
RBD 221.8 Dow Chemical Missouri U.S.A., Plaquemine Dock No. 2. Hydrocarbon Wharf
222 and 210 RBD Dow Chemical Company Louisiana Operations, Dexco, and Shintech Addis
Duncan Point/Manchac Point/Plaquemine Island/Sunshine Green Space  
LBD 221-220 Duncan Point
219 RBD Lowlands Opposite Duncan Point
220 RBD Sardine Point
220 RBD – 218 LBD Sardine Crossing
219 RBD Comeaux Landing
216.5 RBD Australia Landing
216.5 LBD L’Auberge Casino
216.2 LBD Longwood Plantation
214.5 RBD Manchac Point
215 LBD Bayou Manchac
212.8 LBD Small Dune
213 LBD – 211 RBD Medora Crossing
211.5 RBD The Medora Site
211 – 209.5 LBD Plaquemine Island
210.5 RBD Morrisonville
210.4 RBD Morrisonville Landing
210 RBD Dow Chemical Company Louisiana Operations
210 RBD Dow Chemical Wastewater Outfall
208.5 RBD Dow Chemical Plaquemine Point Shipyard, Cleaning Wharf
209 RBD Myrtle Grove Trailer Park
208.7 RBD Plaquemine Beach
City of Plaquemine  
Bayou Plaquemine: Alternate Route to Gulf via Atchafalaya Basin  
209 LBD Plaquemine Point
208.5 RBD Plaquemine Boat Ramp
208 RBD – 207.5 LBD Plaquemine Ferry
206 RBD Reveilletown
204.8 LBD Shintec Louisiana Plaquemine PVC Plant
205.2 RBD Small Dune
206-204 RBD Sunshine Wetlands
206 RBD – 203 Granada Crossing
203.8 LBD LBC Sunshine Terminal
203.3 RBD SNF Flopam
201.6 LBD Willow Glen Power Plant
201 – 199 RBD Point Pleasant
200 LBD – 197 RBD Bayou Goula Crossing
200.1 LBD Industrial Complex including Taminco Inc., Syngenta, and Olin Chlor Alkali
Point Pleasant/Bayou Goula Island/Point Claire Green Space  
195.6 RBD Bayou Goula Landing
196 – 194.5 LBD Bayou Goula Island
Bayou Goula  
194.8 RBD Nottaway Plantation
194 LBD Point Clair
193.5 RBD White Castle
192.7 RBD Cane Sugar Refinery (Cora Texas Manufacturing Co)
191.5 RBD – 191 LBD White Castle-Carville Ferry
191 LBD Carville Landing
190.8 LBD Carville Boat Ramp
191 – 190 LBD White Castle Anchorage
Geismar Industrial Reach  
188-184 RBD Claiborne Island
Nurdles: What Are Nurdles?  
187.9 LBD Total Petrochemicals and Refining and Caravelle Energy Center
186.8 LBD Industrial Complex including PCS Nitrogen, Honeywell, and Williams Olefins
185.3 LBD Methanex
185 LBD Industrial Complex including Borden Chemicals, Westlake Chemicals, and Momentive Specialty Chemicals
185 LBD Geismar
184.6 LBD Rubicon and Lion Copolymer
183.9 IMTT Geismar and BASF
183.2 LBD Shell Chemical and OxyChem
183.2 LBD Sandbar below Shell Geismar
182.8 – 182 LBD Carline’s Geismar Fleeting
182 LBD Old Inger Oil Refinery Superfund Site
Philadelphia Point/ Eighty-One Mile Point Greenspace  
181 – 179 RBD Philadelphia Point
180.3 – 178.8 LBD L & L Dry Bulk Transfer & Mooring
177.3 – 175.2 LBD L & L Fleeting and Mooring
Big Foot  
178 LBD Eighty-One Mile Point
Donaldsonville Industrial Reach  
177.9 RBD Smoke Bend Sand Dune
177 RBD – 174 LBD Smoke Bend Crossing
175.4 RBD Bayou Lafourche Water Intake
175.2 Donaldsonville Boat Ramp
175 RBD Donaldsonville
173.5 RBD CF Industries
173.7 LBD Private House and Boat Ramp
Bringier Point/Houmas Point Greenspace  
173 LBD Bringier Point
172 RBD Point Houmas
170.7 LBD Houmas House Plantation and Gardens
170 LBD Burnside Terminal and Burnside Alumina Refinery
169.2 LBD Chemours
168.3 LBD Motiva Convent Refinery
167.5 Sunshine Bridge
167 -165 LBD Sunshine Anchorage
Bonfires on the Levee  
167 RBD Mosaic Faustina and American Styrenics
163.8 LBD Zen-Noh Grain
165 LBD Shell Beach
164.5 LBD Zen-Noh Point
163 LBD Nucor Steel
162 LBD Romeville Dune
161 LBD – 158 RBD Rich Bend Crossing
161.5 LBD Occidental Chemical Convent
160.9 LBD SunCoke Energy Convent Marine Terminal
160.7 RBD thru 158 RBD St James Petroleum Terminals
160.4 Mosaic Uncle Sam
159.5 RBD Burton Lane
160 RBD Chatman Town
156 LBD College Point Beach & Greenspace
Manresa On The Mississippi  
156 RBD – 152 LBD Belmont Crossing
Oak Alley Plantation  
150.4 LBD ADM Growmark St. Elmo
150.5 LBD St. Elmo Terminal Grain Elevator Wharf
149.3 LBD Paulina – Poche Park
148.1 LBD Grandview Beach
Switching To The New Orleans Gage (NO)  
Water levels according to the New Orleans Gage (NO)  
149 – 147 LBD Upper Grandview Anchorage
147 Gramercy
146.2 LBD Louisiana Sugar Refining (LSR)
145.6 LBD Rain CII Gramercy Calciner
145.4 LBD Noranda Alumina Gramercy
145.9 Gramercy Bridge (Veteran’s Memorial Bridge)
145.4 Kaiser Bauxite
Blind River  
Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area  
Manchac Wildlife Management Area  
144 RBD Angelina Landing
143.6 LBD Nalco Garyville And Evonik Stockhausen
Angelina/Willow Bend Greenspace  
142.4 LBD Forty-Eight Mile Point/ Belle Point
142.3 RBD Wego
142 RBD Willow Bend
141 RBD – 139 LBD Willow Bend Crossing
141.7 LBD Garyville
139.75 LBD Lions
140.6 – 140.0 LBD Marathon Ashland Petroleum, Louisiana Refining Docks 1, 2, 3 & 4
140.5 LBD Marathon Garyville Refinery, Pinnacle Polymers, And Air Products And Chemicals
139.8 LBD Cargill, Inc. – NAGOC Reserve Oilseed Wharf
139.4 LBD Cargill
139.2 LBD ADM/Growmark, Reserve Elevator Wharf
138.7 LBD Port Of South Louisiana, Globalplex Bulk Commodities Wharves
138 RBD Reserve
138 RBD – 137.6 LBD Reserve Ferry
137.8 – 135 RBD Cargo Carriers Fleeting & Mooring
135.4 – 134.7 LBD La Place Anchorage
136.7 LBD Elmwood Marine Services Repair Wharf And Capital Marine Supply, Triangle Fleet Moorings
135.7 LBD DuPont Pontchartrain Works
Bonnet Carre/Thirty-Five Mile Point Green Space  
133 RBD Bonnet Carre Point
132.9 LBD Bonnet Carre Crevasse
132.4 LBD ArcelorMittal (Bayou Steel)
131.5 RBD Hymelia Crevasse
130 RBD Killona Landing
Taft/Hahnville/Norco Industrial Reach  
129.8 RBD Entergy Louisiana, Waterford Steam Electric Plants 1 & 2 Wharf
129.5 RBD Waterford 3
129.5 LBD Entergy Louisiana, Inc., Little Gypsy Power Plant
128.9 RBD Occidental Chemical Koch Industries, Taft Plant Dock
128.8 LBD False Boat Ramp
128.8 – 127.3 LBD Bonnet Carre Anchorage
128.8 – 127.3 Kugler And Kenner Cemeteries
128.4 RBD Air Products, Air Liquide, Praxair, Galata, Koch Nitrogen
128.1 – 127.8 RBD Dow Chemical Company (Union Carbide Corp)
127.8 RBD Taft
127 RBD Upper St. Rose Repair Wharf And Fleet Mooring
127 RBD Upper St. Rose Repair & Fleeting
127 LBD Shell Chemical Norco Plant
126.1 LBD Diamond And Norco
126.9 LBD Shell Norco Chemical Plant West Site And Momentive Specialty Chemicals
126 LBD Motiva Enterprises, Norco Refining Dock 1, 2, 3 & 4
126 LBD Bayou Trepagnier
125.5 LBD Shell, Motiva, Valero, Union Carbide, And Rain CII
125 LBD Valero Refining Corp., Norco Refinery Dock No.1, 2, 3, 4, And 5
124.6 LBD New Sarpy
124.4 RBD T.T. Barge Mile 125 Barge Launch And Repair Wharf
123.7 LBD 26-Mile False Point
122.7 LBD Twenty-Six Mile Point (And Greenspace)
122.5 LBD Ormand Landing And Plantation
123 RBD Dufresne
122 RBD Small Dune At Luling
121.6 RBD Hale Boggs – Luling Bridge
121 LBD Old Pan American Southern Oil Refinery
120.8 RBD Old Luling Ferry Ramp (Defunct)
Luling/Destrehan/St. Rose/Ama Industrial Reach  
120.5 LBD ADM/Growmark Destrehan Elevator Wharf
120.5 LBD Bunge Corp North America, Destrehan Elevator Wharf
120 RBD Monsanto Luling Docks No’s 2, 3, And 4
120 RBD Monsanto, OxyChem, And Air Products
118.8 LBD International Matex, St. Rose Terminal, Berths Nos. 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 14, And 15
118.6 LBD International Matex Tank Terminals (IMTT) And Shell
118.7 RBD Davis Crevasse
118 RBD – 115 LBD Fairview Crossing
117.6 RBD ADM/Growmark, Ama Grain Elevator Dock
117.5 LBD St. Rose Landing
116 – 113 RBD Kenner Bend Anchorage
114.5 RBD Fortier Manufacturing Complex
Louis Armstrong International Airport  
114.7 City Of Kenner Landing (Upper)
113 LBD City of Kenner Landing
113 LBD Kenner, LA
111-109 Wood Resources Fleeting
111 RBD Channel Shipyard Wharf
111 RBD ARTCO New Orleans Shipyard Slip
111.8 LBD Small Sand Dune
112.1 East Jefferson Parish Discharge
111 – 108 Avondale Bend/The “River Illusion”
112 – 109 LBD Twelve Mile Point Greenspace
110 – 109 LBD Twelve Mile Point
Elmwood/Bridge City/Jefferson Industrial Reach  
108.2 RBD International Matex Tank Terminals (IMTT) Avondale
107.7 RBD Avondale Ship Yard
107.6 RBD Litton Industries
106.1 Huey P. Long Bridge
106.1 RBD Fort Banks
105 LBD Camp Parapet & Parapet Line
104.8 RBD T.T. Barge Coatings, Inc
104.2 LBD Ochsner Medical Center
104.3 LBD Batture Houses
Mahalia Jackson  
104 RBD Nine-Mile Point
103.8 RBD Entergy Louisiana Nine-Mile Point Steam Electric Station
104.1 LBD New Orleans Raw Water Intake
103.8 LBD Carrolton Bend Beach
We All Live Downstream  
104 – 103 LBD Carrolton Bend
Gert Town  
103.1 – 103 RBD Cargill Westwego Grain Transfer
Smaller Tows From Here On Downstream  
102.8 USACE Boat Ramp (Restricted)
102.7 U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers, New Orleans District
Flood Control  
Americas Largest Port  
Protecting And Restoring Louisiana’s Coast  
102.3 – 102.2 RBD Low Water Sand Dunes
102 RBD Kinder Morgan Seven Oaks Terminal
101.7 LBD Audubon Park Excursion Boat Landing
102 – 101 LBD “The Fly” — Audubon Park — Audubon Zoo
Some Music Venues Of Note Within Walking Distance  
Health Food/Gourmet Food Resupply  
New Orleans / Westwego / Gretna / Algiers Industrial Stretch  
New Orleans Steamboats And Ferries  
101.9 RBD National Gypsum Co., Westwego Plant Wharf
101.7 RBD City Of Westwego Landing
101.4 RBD ST Services, LLC, Westwego Terminal Wharf
101.4 RBD Blackwater Midstream Westwego
101.4 LBD Six-Mile Point
101.1 LBD Henry Clay Avenue Wharf
100.8 LBD Nashville Avenue Wharf A, B, And C
100 LBD New Orleans Container Terminal
99.5 LBD Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal
98.2 RBD Harvey Lock – Entrance To The Harvey Canal
97.1 RBD – 97.1 LBD Gretna Ferry
97.1 LBD East Bank (New Orleans Side) Gretna Ferry
97 LBD Gretna
96.7 RBD Gretna Water Intake
96.3 LBD Old New Orleans Power Plant
95.6 Crescent City Connection – Greater New Orleans Bridge
July 2008 Oil Spill  
95.4 LBD New Orleans Convention Center
95.4 RBD Algiers Water Intake
95.4 – 94.0 LBD Welcome to New Orleans: The Riverwalk
94.9 LBD – 94.8 RBD Algiers – Canal Street Ferry
94.7 Audubon Aquarium Of The Americas
94.7 LBD Bienville St. (Aquarium Landing) Wharf
94.6 LBD Moonwalk, French Quarter
New Orleans to Venice
94.5 RBD Algiers Point
94.4 RBD Algiers Sandbar & Beach
LBD 94-93 Algiers Bend
93.9 Crescent Park
Tidal Effect Below New Orleans  
Estimate Your Camp Height  
Press Park, Gordon Plaza, And Liberty Terrace  
92.5 LBD Industrial Canal (Intercoastal Waterway East)
91.7 LBD Jackson Barracks
90.9 LBD Domino Sugar Factory (American Sugar Refinery)
90.6 LBD Arabi Terminal Aka Chalmette Slip No. 1 And No. 2
90.5 LBD Chalmette Primitive Landing
90.2 LBD Chalmette Battlefield & Chalmette National Cemetery
Chalmette / Meraux / Violet Industrial Stretch  
89.6 LBD Former Kaiser Aluminum Site
89.2 – 88.3 LBD Chalmette Refining
89.1 LBD Rain CII Chalmette Calciner
88.6 LBD – 88.6 RBD Lower Algiers Ferry
88.2 RBD Algiers Lock: Gulf Intercoastal Waterway
87.6 LBD Meraux Water Intake
87.5 LBD East Chalmette
87.0 LBD Murphy Oil USA, Meraux Refinery
Poydras Bend/English Turn Bend Green Space  
84.6 RBD Docville Farms
84.5 RBD Poydras Wetlands
84.4 RBD Poydras Lower
84.3 RBD Audubon Wilderness Park
83.9 LBD The Violet Canal
83.8 LBD Violet Dock Port, Inc., Berthing Facility No’s 1, 2, 3, 4, And 5
83.6 RBD A Studio In The Woods
82.6 – 81.6 Poydras Crevasse
81.4 LBD Caernarvon Crevasse
81.4 LBD Caernarvon Fresh Water Diversion Structure
79.7 LBD Stolthaven New Orleans LLC, Berth No’s 3 & 4, Braithwaite
79.7 LBD Stolthaven Boat Ramp (Private)
78 LBD Shingle Point
79 – 77 English Turn Bend
“You Are On The Wrong River!”  
78.1 RBD Fort St. Leon
78.1 LBD Fort St. Marie
78 RBD Plaquemines Parish Public Boat Ramp (Shingle Park)
Belle Chasse Industrial Stretch  
76.6 – 76.4 LBD AMAX Metals Recovery
76 RBD – 75.7 LBD Belle Chasse Ferry
75.6 LBD Scarsdale Ferry Landing
72.3 RBD Chevron Oronite, Oak Point Plant Wharf
70.25 RBD Oakville
69 – 67 Jesuit Bend
Will’s Point/Jesuit Bend/Live Oak Green Space  
68 LBD Will’s Point
Over The Edge Of The Earth  
Carlisle / Phoenix / Davant Industrial Stretch  
The Last Bottleneck Of Big Industry?  
64.4 LBD 2 Tiny Refuges
63.2 – 62 RBD Conoco Phillips 66 Alliance Refinery
61.8 RBD Cenex Harvest States Cooperatives, Myrtle Grove Terminal Wharf
60 LBD Poverty Point
Camping at the Mouth of the Passes and Other Gulf Outlets Below Pverty Point  
59.4 LBD Fort Iberville / Fort De La Boulaye
57 – 56.6 RBD International Marine Terminals Shiploader Wharf
55 RBD Junior Crevasse
55.4 – 55.2 LBD TECO Davant United Bulk Terminal
51.6 LBD Plaquemines Parish Lock-Up
51.5 RBD Point Celeste
49 RBD Plaquemines Parish Water Treatment Intake
48.6 LBD – 48.6 RBD Pointe A La Hache Ferry
48.6 Ferry Landing/The Town Of Pointe A La Hache
44.5 LBD Pointe A La Hache
44.4 LBD Bohemia Beach
44 LBD Mardi Gras Pass
How Did Mardi Gras Pass Get Its Name?  
43.1 RBD Happy Jack
43 RBD Happy Jack Primitive Boat Ramp: Final Resupply?
42.8 LBD Huling Low Water Harbor
39.4 – 38.8 RBD Freeport-McMoran Sulphur Company
39.7 LBD Nestor Canal
39 RBD Freeport Sulphur Company
35.2 LBD Pointe A La Hache Relief Outlet
35.2 LBD Bass Enterprises
33 RBD Sixty Mile Point
Rising Oceans And Disappearing Landscapes  
33.2 LBD Bayou LaMoques/Balandock Canal
32 – 28 Tropical Bend
28 – 31 LBD Point Pleasant
29.1 RBD Daybrook Fisheries
29 RBD Empire Locks
Increasing Fisherman Traffic  
27.5 – 24.7 LBD Chevron Company (Oil & Butane)
26.7 LBD Chevron Pipeline Company Empire Terminal
25.2 LBD Ostrica Pass
25.2 RBD Buras Landing Boat Ramp
24.6 RBD Abandoned Mooring
24.5 RBD Motto’s Basin
24.4 – 23 RBD Ostrica Anchorage
24-23 LBD Neptune Pass
22 LBD Bolivar Point
21.4 RBD Protected Industrial Harbor
20.9 RBD Lagoons Above Fort Jackson
20.9 RBD Fort Jackson Boat Ramp
20.8 RBD Marine Spill Response Corp
Protecting New Orleans  
20.1 LBD Fort St. Philip
20 RBD Fort Jackson
19.9 LBD Harvey Pass
19.6 LBD St. Phillip’s Bend Pass
Plaquemines Bend/Fort Jackson Point  
19.5 – 18.5 RBD Fort Jackson Beach
18.5 – 12.2 Boothville Anchorage
18 LBD St. Anne’s Pass
16 LBD Olga Pass
15.5 LBD Un-Named Pass
14.5 LBD Un-Named Pass
12.5 LBD Un-Named Pass
11.9 RBD Bar Pilot’s Association
History Of The Bar Pilots  
11.5 LBD Sandbar At Mouth Of Baptiste Collette Bayou
11.5 LBD Baptiste Collette Bayou
-1.9 RBD Emeline Pass
-2.5 RBD Fimbel Pass
-6 To -8 Baptiste Collette Jetty
10.5 RBD Venice, LA, The End Of The Road
Directions To The Marinas In Tiger Pass:  
Cypress Cove Marina  
Venice Marina  
Birdsfoot Delta 10 – 0 VENICE TO GULF OF MEXICO