Residents jog, pedal and push babies in carriages around the water’s edge. A welcome breeze often stirs over the surface on blistering summer days. In fall, people delightfully watch hundreds of white pelicans—living emblems of Louisiana—descend on the lakes to feast on fish.

Thousands of travelers see the lakes each day while motoring through town. The lakes are a gateway to LSU, and a means to recruit both students and businesses.

They are treasured, too, and a symbol of who we are as Baton Rouge.

Because they are threatened, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation created a master plan to make sure the lakes stay healthy for decades, and become an even more beautiful space for the people who live here. We are working to implement the plan.