Last month I got the opportunity to spend a few days working near Breaux Bridge. In my down time I explored Lake Martin, though not by kayak on the water, but on foot at the Cypress Island Preserve, which is property around the lake owned by the Nature Conservancy.
In two mornings I covered the entire trail system and can say with certainty that there is no better place in south Louisiana to take someone to see an alligator than Lake Martin. The clear waters of the lake hold an abundant population of the big lizards. The fishing for bass, bream, and sacalait can be pretty good too, from what I hear, I haven’t put in the time there to tell you from experience. It is a beautiful lake, full of Spanish moss covered cypress and tupelo trees. It’s a place, I imagine, that is exactly what tourists picture in their minds when they think of our part of the country. The levee trail at Cypress Island makes for a great place to take a walk.
Common blue violet (Viola sororia)