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Honey Island Swamp
Renowned as one of the wildest and most pristine swamplands in the United States, the murky, algae-coated waters of Honey Island Swamp are a prime habitat for native wildlife, including alligators and wild boar. Plus, according to local folklore, the lake houses an even more menacing resident—the notorious Honey Island Swamp monster. 

The Basics
Stretching for 18 miles (30 kilometers) and surrounded by dense forest and overhanging cypress trees, the wetlands are best explored by boat. Learn about Cajun culture, the legend of the swamp monster, and wetland ecology from a local guide as you make your way through the shallow backwaters on a flat-bottom bayou boat. Keep an eye out for wild boar, raccoon, mink, otters, turtles, and a huge variety of birdlife. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Honey Island Swamp is a must-visit for nature lovers, adventure travelers, and families.
  • Swamp tours from New Orleans typically last between two and four hours.
  • Don’t forget to bring protection against bugs; mosquitos love the swamps and bayous of Louisiana.
  • Most tours are not wheelchair accessible. 

How to Get There
Honey Island Swamp is located in St. Tammany Parish in eastern Louisiana, about 37 miles (60 kilometers) northeast of New Orleans by road. Some swamp tours depart from Crawford Landing on the West Pearl River in Slidell, while others include round-trip transportation from New Orleans. 

When to Get There
Swamp tours are generally more interesting during the warmest hours of the day and in the summer months, when animals—especially big gators—are more active. Summer can be hot and humid, however; visit in the winter if you want to avoid the heat. 

Things to Do in Nearby Slidell
There’s plenty more to nearby Slidell than Honey Island Swamp excursions. The historic downtown district comprises several historic buildings filled with restaurants serving Louisiana specialties, museums, and some of the area’s best antique shops.
Address: St Tammany Parish, Louisiana, USA
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Honey Island Swamp Tour with Pickup from New OrleansNature & Wildlife

Honey Island Swamp Tour with Pickup from New Orleans

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Trade in the urban bustle for the bayou on a half-day trip from New Orleans to the wilds of the Honey Island Swamp. Relax on the ride from your downtown or French Quarter hotel, and then cruise beneath hanging moss and cypress trees while a wetland ecologist shares tall tales and fun facts about this protected nature reserve on the shores of Lake Ponchartrain. Learn about Louisiana’s long-standing fishing industry, and keep an eye out for native critters like otters, turtles, egrets and alligators lurking beneath the surface.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Tour of the Honey Island Swamp with Round-Trip Transfer from New OrleansNature & Wildlife

Private Tour of the Honey Island Swamp with Round-Trip Transfer from New Orleans

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Let a wetland ecologist guide you through the Honey Island Swamp during this private tour from New Orleans. Listen to engaging commentary about the city as you make your way to the West Pearl River. Then, climb aboard a shaded flat-bottom boat, equipped for up to 14 passengers, to get a close look at one of the country's wildest swamps. This private tour offers flexibility and personalized attention from your guide.
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  • 4 hours
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New Orleans Swamp and Bayou Boat Tour (Self Transport)Day Cruises

New Orleans Swamp and Bayou Boat Tour (Self Transport)

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Discover one of Louisiana’s last preserved wetlands on a Honey Island Swamp boat tour. After making a short drive to Slidell, travel deep into the secluded swamp across Lake Pontchartrain to view native wildlife and witness a remote Cajun village only accessible by boat. Enjoy guided commentary on Cajun culture and the lush swamps as you spot alligators, wild boar, snakes, and native birds. This tour does not include transportation.
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