According to Abbreviationfinder, with population of 4,648,794, Louisiana is the 25th largest state among U.S. 50 states, and LA is the two letter abbreviation for Louisiana. Here, we provide a list of major rivers and mountains in the state of Louisiana.
Rivers in Louisiana
The Ouachita River is a tributary of the Red River and has a length of about 970 km and flows in southern Arkansas and northern Louisiana. The source of the river is found in the Ouachita Mountains in the state of Arkansas. From there it flows in a southeasterly direction towards its mouth in the Red River south of the small town of Jonesville. The lower section of the Ouachita River is navigable and is used for traffic, while in the upper section it is used for recreation and is popular with anglers and hikers.
The Pearl River is a 781 km river in the south of the state of Mississippi and the southeast of Louisiana. The source of the Pearl River is located in the middle of Mississippi in Winston County and from there flows south towards its mouth into the Gulf of Mexico. For the last 187 km of its course, the Pearl River represents the border between the states of Mississippi and Louisiana.
The Red River is an approx. 1,966 km long tributary of the Mississippi and flows in northern Texas and southern Oklahoma as well as in the extreme southwest of Arkansasand in the north of Louisiana. The Red River forms part of the border between the states of Oklahoma and Texas. The river is created by the confluence of the Prairie Dog Town Fork, Elm, Salt and North Fork in northern Texas. Because of the red mineral rock in the headwaters, the river got the name Red River. In the past, the Red River was also the border between the United States and the Viceroyalty of New Spain. The Red River estuary is divided into two parts. About 110 km northeast of the city of Baton Rouge in Lousiana, two arms form, the western part of which flows into the Atchafalaya River and the eastern part into the Mississippi. In Louisiana, the Red River intersects the northern part of Louisiana diagonally from northwest to southeast.
The Sabine River is an approximately 925 km long river in the states of Texas and Louisiana. The river originates from Lake Tawakoni in the east of Texas and flows from there towards its mouth in the Sabine Lake near Port Arthur. In the lower section of the river, it forms the border between the states of Texas and Louisiana. In Texas, the Sabine River, or the reservoirs it creates, is used, among other things, to supply water to Dallas. The name comes from the Spanish where Sabine means cypress and there are actually numerous cypresses on the lower reaches of the Sabine River.
Mountains in Louisiana
The state of Louisiana can basically be divided into the “flatter” south and the “hilly” north. The south has an average height of approximately 3 m and the north of the state an average height of approximately 18 m.
Diskill Mountain, also known as Mount Diskill, is approximately 163 m high, making it the highest elevation in Louisiana. Driskill Mountain is located in northern Louisiana near Bryceland. The name Mountain is somewhat misleading due to the height of Driskill Mountain because it is a hill. Driskill Mountain towers around 69 m from its surroundings. A hiking trail leads to the “top” of Driskill Mountain.
Lakes and reservoirs in Louisiana
Calcasieu Lake in southwest Louisiana is an approximately 256 km² brackish water lake. Calcasieu Lake is also known as Big Lake. Although the lake takes up a huge area, its average depth of only 1 m is not exactly breathtaking. Nevertheless, the lake is one of the best fishing areas for redfish, trout and flounder. Calcasieu Lake is still a fishing and breeding area for shrimp.
Catahoula Lake is located in northern central Louisiana and is the largest freshwater lake in the state of Louisiana with an area of approximately 120 km². The lake is surrounded by several nature reserves and this has a positive effect on the flora and fauna of the region. Large populations of ducks and geese can be found here. This makes the lake a favorite recreation area for anglers and bird watchers.
D’Arbonne Lake in the north of the state of Louisiana covers an area of approximately 62 km² and is located in a very rural region of the state. The lake is very popular for fishing and Lake D’Arbonne State Park is located on its shore.
Lake Pontchartrain is a brackish water lake in southeastern Louisiana, just north of New Orleans. The lake covers an area of approximately 1,630 km², making it the second largest salt water lake in the United States after the Great Salt Lake. The lake has an oval shape and a maximum north-south extent of 64 km and a maximum east-west extent of about 39 km. Lake Pontchartrain is home to approximately 125 species. These include otters, ducks, eagles, but also sharks, anchovies and alligators.
Toledo Bend Reservoir
The Toledo Bend Reservoir is an approximately 750 km² reservoir between the states of Texas and Louisiana. The lake is on the Texas-Louisiana border. The Sabine River has been dammed here since 1969. The lake is used for energy generation but is also a very nice local recreation area. Fishing is also an option here and fishing tournaments take place annually at the lake.