LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN is in southeastern Louisiana, five miles north of New Orleans. The lake is about 40 miles long and covers about 600 square miles. It was connected to New Orleans by canal in 1795, by railroad in 1831, and by ship canal in 1921. The Bonnet Carre spillway connects the lake and the Mississippi River thirty-five miles above the city. Two causeways, twenty-three miles in length, cross the lake and form the longest bridge in the world. In the mid-eighteenth century, Lake Pontchartrain served as a link in the British inside passage to the Mississippi. Later, it became part of the overland route to the north and east.
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