Bayou Segnette State Park
Just a thirty-minute drive across the Mississippi River from New Orleans, Bayou Segnette State Park offers the ambiance of a more remote area along with many recreational opportunities – boating, fishing, canoeing, picnicking, playgrounds and a fascinating ecosystem. Both salt- and freshwater fishing are available because of the park's location at a juncture of swamp and marshland. A boat launch gives you access to many areas not readily accessible by overland routes. Alligators, nutria, armadillos, opossum, raccoon, mink, red-tailed hawks, Mississippi kites, red-winged blackbirds, bald eagles and cardinals are some of the many species you may see on a canoe or kayak adventure. But you will need to bring your own – there are no canoe or kayak rentals here. You will find a hiking trail, and plenty of campsites and cabins, if you'd care to stay overnight. Another special attraction is a wave pool. Bayou Segnette is located at 7777 Westbank Expressway, Westwego. There are three primary routes to reach the park. 1) From I-10, take I-310 south; cross the Luling Bridge over the Mississippi River, and exit U.S. 90 east (toward New Orleans); U.S. 90 becomes the Westbank Expressway; as you enter Westwego, look to your right. 2) From I-10 in Metairie, take the Clearview exit south; follow Clearview over the Huey P. Long Bridge to the Westbank Expressway (Business U.S. 90); again, look to your right off the expressway. 3) From New Orleans, follow I-10 to cross the Crescent City Connection; take the first exit onto Business U.S. 90, which is the Westbank Expressway; follow the expressway for several miles; the park will be on your left. For more information see http://www.crt.state.la.us/parks/ibyusegne.aspx or call 504-736-7140 888-677-2296.