Honey Island Swamp in Southeast Louisiana


Scene in the Honey Island swamp in LouisianaScene in the Honey Island swamp in Louisiana

One of the most natural and least-altered river swamps in the United States is the Honey Island Swamp.

It is located in southeast Louisiana in St. Tammany Parish, near the Pearl River which is the dividing line between Louisiana and Mississippi.

The swamp is bordered on the north by U.S. 11, on the south by Lake Borgne, on the east by the Pearl River and the west by the West Pearl River.

The area is roughly 20 miles long north-south, and 7 miles wide east-west. About half of its 70,000 acres are protected in the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area, which is swampy in the south with more hardwood bottoms to the north. The swamp supports an abundance of wildlife, such as alligators, wild boars, black bear, raccoons, nutria and dozens of species of year-round and migratory birds, including bald eagles.

Honey Island earned its name because of the honeybees once seen on a nearby isle.

The topic of much discussion in the area is the "Honey Island Swamp Monster" ... does it really exist? It depends on who you ask!

The Pearl River area has been the location of various research efforts to locate the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker, assumed to be extinct decades ago. Reports of "The Lord God Bird" sightings persist in the area.

Swamp Tours Into the Honey Island Swamp

One of the most popular attractions for visitors to Louisiana is touring the swamps!

Flat-bottom tour boat in the Honey Island swamp in LouisianaFlat-bottom tour boat in the Honey Island swamp in Louisiana

The area north of New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain is often called "The Northshore", the location of cities such as Slidell, Lacombe, Mandeville and Madisonville.

The Honey Island and Pearl River swamps and marshes near Slidell offer exciting and educational opportunities for visitors and residents alike.

Swamp tour operators provide a variety of options, boats, tour length and cost.

Some operators offer online reservations, others only by phone. Some accept credit cards, while some require cash, so plan accordingly.

Map showing locations of swamp tours near Slidell, Honey Island and the Pearl River in Louisiana

 

List of Selected Louisiana Swamp Tours near Honey Island

We have no connection with any of the tour operators listed below ... we just know of their existence and offer their names, web addresses and phone numbers as a starting point for you to choose the right tour for your group. We also offer links to TripAdvisor to read reviews for many of the tour companies.

Swamp Tour Operator, Website, Address & Phone Number City

Cajun Encounters Tour Company

Admin Office located at 941 Decatur St. in New Orleans; Swamp tour location is 55345 Highway 90 East in Slidell

Honey Island Swamp tours. Also tours of cemeteries, city tours, plantations, custom tours. Hotel pickups available.

p 504.834.1770 or 866.928.6877

Slidell, Louisiana

Dr. Wagner's Honey Island Swamp Tours

41490 Crawford Landing Road; tours depart from Crawford Landing on West Pearl River, Slidell

Small boats (both covered and uncovered) allow deep access into the heart of the beautiful Honey Island Cypress Swamp. Boat tours since 1982. Hotel pickup available.

p 985.641.1769 or 504.242.5877

Slidell, Louisiana

Pearl River Eco Tours

55050 Highway 90

Large and small flatboat swamp tours, night tours, and tours for school groups into the Honey Island Swamp. Hotel pickups available.

p 985.649.4200 or 866.597.9267

Slidell, Louisiana

 

Photographs of Honey Island in Louisiana

Scene in the Honey Island swamp in Louisiana
Scene in the Honey Island swamp in Louisiana

Along the Pearl River in Louisiana
Along the Pearl River in Louisiana

Swamp Tours by Pearl River Eco-Tours
Swamp Tours by Pearl River Eco-Tours

Dr. Wagner's Honey Island Swamp Tours
Dr. Wagner's Honey Island Swamp Tours

Cajun Country Swamp Tours
Cajun Country Swamp Tours of Honey Island Louisiana

The Louisiana Alligator ... seen on a swamp tour at Honey Island
The Louisiana Alligator ... seen on a swamp tour at Honey Islan


Pileated Woodpecker in the Honey Island Swamp in Louisiana
Similar in size and coloration to the nearly extinct Ivory-Billed Woodpecker (Staff Photo)

Pileated Woodpecker in Honey Island Swamp in Louisiana


Bird life abounds in the Honey Island Swamp in Louisiana
Bird life abound in the Honey Island Swamp in Louisiana

Wild boar seen on a swamp tour at Honey Island in Louisiana
Wild boar seen on a swamp tour at Honey Island in Louisiana

Cypress trees in the Honey Island swamp in Louisiana
Cypress trees in the Honey Island swamp in Louisiana

Cypress trees and cypress knees growing in the murky waters of Honey Island in Louisiana
Cypress trees and cypress knees growing in the water at Honey Island in Louisiana

 

Video of a Honey Island Swamp Tour

Tom Gregory narrates a tour into the Honey Island Swamp. Video produced by the St. Tammany Parish Tourist Commission and WLAE-TV

Swamp Tours in Other Parts of Louisiana

Section 2: Swamp Tours in the Greater New Orleans Area
Section 3: Swamp Tours Near Morgan City, Houma & Thibodaux
Section 4: Swamp Tours in the Atchafalaya Basin
Map showing major sections of swamp tour locations in Louisiana

Interactive Map of the Slidell and Honey Island Area in Louisiana