Day 6: Gator Tour!

13 October 2022 133 km / 83 mi (map)

  • Added to Eric Scouten :: Travel on 25 November 2022
  • Louisiana 9

Louisiana is famous for its swamps and bayous. And the gators that live within them. We took a sightseeing tour today with Cajun Encounters to the Honey Island Swamp near Slidell. And we saw gators!

The swamp itself is an etheral landscape, unlike anything we’re used to in the Pacific Northwest.

Honey Island Swamp, east of Slidell, Louisiana
Honey Island Swamp, east of Slidell, Louisiana
Honey Island Swamp, east of Slidell, Louisiana
Honey Island Swamp, east of Slidell, Louisiana
Honey Island Swamp, east of Slidell, Louisiana

We later would learn that these were just the kids – a mere four or five feet long. The big guys would come later …

Honey Island Swamp, east of Slidell, Louisiana
Honey Island Swamp, east of Slidell, Louisiana
Honey Island Swamp, east of Slidell, Louisiana
Honey Island Swamp, east of Slidell, Louisiana

We were thankful to be in a self-contained boat; every tree, every bit of land contains a potential hazard:

Honey Island Swamp, east of Slidell, Louisiana · by Lisa Rozmyn
Honey Island Swamp, east of Slidell, Louisiana

After the swamp, our captain took us around the bend in the Old Pearl River (at an exhilarating 30mph on the water!) to a lagoon where the big gators live. These were thought to be 10-15 feet long and there were many of them. Here are a few close-ups!

Old Pearl River, east of Slidell, Louisiana
Old Pearl River, east of Slidell, Louisiana
Old Pearl River, east of Slidell, Louisiana · by Lisa Rozmyn

New Orleans to Slidell, Louisiana, and back · 133 km / 83 mi
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