Paddling Among Giants: Navigating the South Cove of Lake Fausse Pointe State Park “The Land of the Giants”


Introduction: Embarking on the tranquil waters of the southern cove of Lake Fausse Pointe State Park, promises a paddling experience like no other. The allure of ancient cypress trees, some dating back over 2,000 years, creates a spectacle that many travel from around the world to photograph. In this guide, we’ll explore the wonders of paddling through “The Land of the Giants”, providing insights into the journey, conditions to consider, and the breathtaking beauty that awaits.

The Journey: For many, a trip to “The Land of the Giants” is a serene escape into the heart of nature. Most paddlers choose the classic “out and back” route from either the north or south shore, for a leisurely few hours paddle. Additionally, the more adventurous can opt for a shuttle between the Northwest corner and the Southeast corner of the cove via Grand Avoille boat launch, paddling virtually the entire perimeter of this scenic oasis.

Conditions to Consider: “The Land of the Giants” is not without its challenges, adding an element of excitement to your paddling adventure. The cove is shallow, and under windy conditions (>10 mph), the waters can become surprisingly rough. It’s advisable to paddle along the north shore if winds are coming from the north or west. Conversely, if facing an east or south wind choose the south shore from Grand Avoille Cove boat launch for a smoother experience.

Navigating to the Launch Point: Coordinates 29.959149, -91.546026 will navigate you to the North Side of the cove. The Cove unfolds on the right when coming from the North. Find the break in the grass and put in for an unforgettable paddling experience.

The south shore can be accessed from the “Grand Avoille Cove boat launch” on your mapping device. Once launched from the motor boat launch into Grand Avoille Cove, paddle through the North Channel to your right using coordinates, 29.935849, -91.552875 leading to the southeast section of “The Land of the Giants”.

Conclusion: Paddling “The Land of the Giants” is not just a journey; it’s an immersion into the timeless beauty of nature. With ancient cypress trees as your companions, and the serenity of the lake as your guide, every stroke of the paddle unveils a new wonder. Whether you opt for a short day trip or an all-day excursion, the enchantment of this Louisiana gem will leave an indelible mark on your soul. So, pack your gear and let the Virgin Cypress of the south cove of Lake Fausse Pointe become the backdrop for your next unforgettable paddling adventure.