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Bonnet Carre Spillway

Sunday, May 02, 2021

Other Names

St. Charles Parish, Mississippi River, Lake Pontchartrain, Spillway Levee, Barbars Canal Road, Bonnie Carrie Spillway

Last Known StatusTemporarily Closed  (due to heavy flooding)

This offroad area has about 850 acres of motorized trails, play areas and a couple makeshift motocross tracks that are open to ATVs, UTVs and dirt bikes. The trails mainly consists of sand and clay but can get very muddy during wet weather. Most of the trails are smooth and fast but there are some sections in the wooded area that are rough and rugged.

There is no fee charged to park or ride but the staging area is open for day use only. The staging area has a large flat gravel parking area and a few vault toilets but no shade or water. Camping is permitted across the street at St. Charles Parish Recreation Pavilion Area, but reservations are required. Due to the unique landscape, some scenes from True Detective starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson was filmed around here.

The trails are open daily year-round but is prone to flooding and may close temporarily on short notice. For current conditions check with the US Army Corps of Engineers before heading out.

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REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredNo
Dates OpenYear-Round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedUnknown
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (90 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers Four WheelersPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Prohibited
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
MX Helmet RequiredYes
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Permitted at  the St. Charles Parish Recreation Pavilion Area
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingNo
AlcoholProhibited
Rule Enforcement
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TERRAIN

Approx Size850 acres (1 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail20
Climate TypeSwamp
Elevation0 to 20 ft.
Trail MaintenanceUnknown
Loose DirtThis OHV area has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe OHV area has little hard pack terrain.Little
SandThis OHV area has some sandy areas.Some
MudThe OHV area has mostly mud after it rains.Mostly
DustThe OHV area has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis OHV area has little rocks.Little
TreesThe OHV area has few trees.Few
Steep HillsThis OHV area has no steep hills.None
Water CrossingsThe OHV area has some water crossings.Some
Small JumpsThis OHV area has few small jumps.Few
Sand/Gravel PitsThis USACE land has no sand or gravel pits.None
HazardsThis OHV area has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis OHV area has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis OHV area has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis OHV area has little expert terrain.Little

TYPE OF AREA

AreaMotorized Trails, MX Track
LandArmy Corps of Engineers
MX TRACK  Motocross Track
FeaturesPublic
Max Engine SizeNo Maximum
Min Engine SizeNo Minimum
MX TRACK  Motocross Track
FeaturesPublic
Max Engine SizeNo Maximum
Min Engine SizeNo Minimum

KEY SERVICES

Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (SE)Big River Food & Fuel (985) 764-0434
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (SE)Big River Food & Fuel (985) 764-0434
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (W)Nicholas RV Park (985) 783-6905
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (W)Nicholas RV Park (985) 783-6905
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (W)Nicholas RV Park (985) 783-6905
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn SiteSt. Charles Parish Parks & Recreation (985) 783-5090
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (SE)Big River Food & Fuel (985) 764-0434

FEES & PASSES

Parking(None)
Entry(None)
Riding(None)
Camping(None)camping permit required

RATINGS

Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityNorco, LA
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From: New Orleans, LA
1) Take I-10 West to Exit 220
2) Merge onto I-310, continue 2.9 miles to Exit 2
3) Merge onto US-61/Airline Highway, continue about 6 miles
4) Turn left (west) onto Spillway Levee Road then veer right at fork, follow toward staging area.

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoUS Army Corps of Engineers - New Orleans District
16302 River Road
Norco, LA 70079
(985) 764-7484
(985) 764-0126
bonnetcarre@usace.army.mil
www.mvn.usace.army.mil
Contact InfoSt. Charles Parish Parks And Recreation
(985) 783-5090
www.scpparksandrec.com
Commentcontact info for camping permit

RIDER COMMENTS & REVIEWS

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