Sportsman's Paradise: Livingston Parish
Livingston Parish lies just east of Baton Rouge and only 45 minutes from New Orleans, yet it is far enough away to feel like a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. The parish has limitless fun, great antique shopping, world-class fishing, and outdoors sports.
Livingston is home to more than 400 waterway miles, which offer great opportunities to fish, hunt, camp, and tube. It has everything an outdoor lover could wish for: pristine wilderness areas, hundreds of miles of deep-water navigable waterways, marinas, and restaurants. Skim the waves across a wide open coastal estuary and head out for Reds or Specs fish in Lake Maurepas or Lake Pontchartrain. You can ski or wakeboard on the slick surfaces of the backwater rivers that lead to the lakes, or slip silently through the endless backwater swamps and bayous in the ever-popular kayaks and canoes. The list of adventures is endless on the “Cajun Riviera”.
One of the newest members to the state park system is Tickfaw State Park, which hugs three miles of Tickfaw River and part of the Gulf Coast Birding Trail. Grab a canoe and enjoy the cypress-tupelo swamp – a type of bottomland hard wood forest – and the lazy Tickfaw River. Rent a cabin, or pitch a tent along the river or in the park. Find your binoculars and you’ll find Louisiana home to numerous egrets, owls, herons, songbirds, and many migratory visitors.
For horse lovers, there are the family friendly boarding stalls at 2 Lazy 2 Stables in Walker. Wanetiri Lakes offers 111 acres of natural beauty for outdoor activities along the Amite River which includes: a 35-acre stocked lake, horseback riding, trail rides, boarding stables, RV and tent campsites, cabins, and boat rentals. It is a popular special event location.
Just outside of Denham Springs is Tiki Tubing, where visitors leisurely float down the Amite River during warm months, which is almost year-round in South Louisiana.
Bass Pro Outdoor World is located in Denham Springs, a 163,000 square feet of retail store, live animals, boat showroom, and restaurant. The massive store is part outdoors museum, gallery, and education space. Here you’ll find everything you need to enjoy all that the area has to offer.
For more information on Livingston Parish and to receive the official travel guide,visitwww.livingstontourism.com.