Lake Pontchartrain began forming 2,600 to 4,000 years ago and was named in 1699 by French explorer Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville.
The quiet bedroom community of Lakeview rests just on the edge of the massive Lake Pontchartrain, featuring the world’s longest bridge of its kind in the U.S., a 24-mile span that connects the city proper to the North Shore communities. Lake Pontchartrain is a vast expanse of shallow brackish water that isn't actually a lake, but an enclosed bay, linked by narrow straits to the Gulf of Mexico. The water is too polluted for swimming, but the lake is popular with sailors, fishermen and windsurfers. A ribbon park extends for five miles along its southern shore in the city, with plenty of room to stroll or picnic while taking in the weekends with sunbathing teenagers.