Enjoy Nature at its Best Near Pearl River
Participate as a Krewe Member During Mardi Gras in the Pearl River Area
Pearl River, part of St Tammany Parish in Louisiana, was initially called "Halloo." The name came from loggers yelling at each other as they harvested logs around the area. The town was founded in 1859 and changed its name to Pearl in 1878 and later on Pearl River in 1888. The town formed around a train station built-in 1886. Pearl River has remained a small town to this day, with approximately 3000 people living in the area.
Some of the interesting and exciting things to do in the area include:
Kayaking near Honey Island
Canoeing on the Bayou
Celebrating Mardi Gras around the parish
Enjoying the local culture – Farmers Markets, Local Entertainment, hunting, fishing, and more
Kayaking Near Honey Island
Imagine kayaking through historic waterways lined with old cypress trees providing a canopy over the water! The Honey Island Swamp has Cypress trees over 400 years old. These trees have been growing in the swamp before the area was settled. Adventure seekers can bring their equipment or take a tour with an experienced guide. Guides take you through the swamp while identifying the local fauna, wildlife, and the swamp's rich history. Many locals moor their houseboats along the river's sandy banks. Tours last approximately 2.5 hours, and patrons can enjoy a cold brew at the Honey Island Swamp House at the end of the tour.
Canoeing on the Bayou
If kayaking is not your style, consider traveling in a flat bottom boat along the bayous with your guide pointing out the local fauna and wildlife. The wetlands are teeming with birds, alligators, turtles, and a host of other animals. Each boat can handle up to six passengers, and guides can take the flat bottom boats into areas that many other tour groups never get to see with more extensive, deeper draft boats.
Look for towering cypress trees, Spanish moss covering the trees and hanging down to the water, birds of all kinds, including woodpeckers, fishing birds, and many migratory birds. There are also bald eagles, deer, wild pigs, turtles, and blue herons. This environment is a photographer's paradise.
Pearl River Wildlife Management Area
Consisting of 35,000 acres of hardwood forests, cypress trees, and marsh, the PRWMA provides hunting, trapping, shooting ranges, fishing, boating, camping, hiking, birding, and photography activities. Hunters and trappers require a license to hunt in the area for everything from deer, waterfowl, wild turkey, and trapping fur-bearing animals such as beaver, muskrat, raccoon, coyote, and bobcats.
Alligator hunting season usually opens in September. Visitors and locals must also be aware of flooding conditions. All roads and hunting are closed when the Pearl River reaches a height of 16.5 feet.
There are many hiking trails suitable for viewing nature, wildlife, and the fauna of the area. There are also biking trails designed for serious cyclists. Check with local authorities for designated areas, conditions, and safe areas before venturing into the Wildlife Management Area.
Celebrating Mardi Gras Around the Parish
The folks in St Tammany Parish, which includes Pearl River, enjoy a family-friendly Mardi Gras every year. There is something to do with parades and celebrations almost every weekend from January 6th until Tuesday, February 16th, Mardi Gras' final day. Schedules and times may be adjusted to accommodate health guidelines from the parish and state authorities.
Many towns in the parish hold parades and use the word "Krewe" to describe their parade theme, as in the Krewe of Poseidon parade held in Slidell on January 30th. The word, Krewe, is described as a social organization putting on a parade and is associated with Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans and across the state of Louisiana.
Parades leading up to Mardi Gras begin on January 11th in Covington, then move to Slidell on January 30th and 31st. Then it is Madisonville's turn on February 5th before moving back to Slidell, Madisonville, and Covington on Feb 6th & 7th. Bush has their parade on the 13th, a party and parade in Covington on the 14th before the finale on Mardi Gras day in Lacombe and Folsom. Pearl River residents have many fun events and activities to choose from around the parish.
Local Activities in Pearl River and St Tammany Parish
With many activities and celebrations in the area, Pearl River residents can always find something to do nearby. For example:
Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival,
Covington Three Rivers Art Festival,
All You Can Eat Crawfish Cook-off in Slidell
Taste of Covington.
Concerts at the Mandeville Trailhead, Abita Opry, or Bayou Jam concerts at Heritage Park in Slidell.
Restoring or Replacing – Which is the Best Approach?
The majority of fire damage is usually contained in one or two rooms. Fires often start in the kitchen, and the fire department can control the fire before it spreads to other home areas. However, smoke and odors and soot may spread throughout the entire home depending on the type of fire – grease fire vs. electrical fires and air currents within the home that carry smoke and soot to other rooms.
SERVPRO's extensive experience and training with fire damage and restoration, including soot, smoke, and odor removal, suggests that restoring all areas of the home vs. replacing:
Saves time and causes less disruption
Reduces the overall cost of restoration
Returns clients to their homes or business faster, reducing the need for temporary housing or business stoppage.
We remove all odor-causing materials, fire retardant materials used by the fire department, remove moisture, and clean all surfaces that have soot or smoke residue on them. Finally, odor removal equipment eliminates smoke odors returning your home to its pre-fire condition.
SERVPRO of Slidell provides fire restoration services to Pearl River residential and commercial business customers and the surrounding area. Call (985) 649-1516. We respond 24/7 to help with all your fire restoration needs.