Freshwater City, entrance to the Gulf of Mexico and home to oil industry docks and the Freshwater Bayou Lock can be found on LA 3147 forking south from LA 82 just before Pecan Island.
If you're traveling east on LA 82 as you enter Pecan Island, you can take the "front ridge" to your right. This is a short cut to LA 3147 and Freshwater City providing a nice drive through beautiful marshlands. You'll spot roseate spoonbills, pipers, egrets, herons and alligators sunning themselves and keeping an eye on you.
Once you reach the lock you can enjoy a little fishing and reel in red fish while you enjoy a view of the Gulf of Mexico. If you've packed a picnic lunch, enjoy the public gazebo while you watch the vessels maneuver the lock system. If you want a tour of the inside facilities, you must call ahead -337-737-2470. Keep in mind that Homeland Security can have an affect on visitation rights.
Just be sure and bring your binoculars whatever the reason for your visit. You'll love watching the pelicans and other shore birds performing antics in search of food. And, don't be surprised if you must stop on your drive to let a 'gator cross the road around here. Locals know that driving at night down LA 82 or LA 3147 may mean doing just that. We don't know what the laws on the books say but we tend to give them the right of way.