Guide to Kayaking the Bayous And Swamps of Louisiana
The bayous of Louisiana offer incredible wildlife viewing and beautiful scenery to explore
Have a sturdy, hard side kayak to ensure you don’t come across sharp sticks that puncture your kayak
Don’t forget your mosquito repellent as you’re out in the swamp!
Wear sun protection and sun screen. Bring plenty of water for that Louisiana heat.
Try one of these 3 bayous as a beginner:
The Atchafalaya Basin offers sloughs and coulés to explore over 2200 sq miles
Launch at Attakapas Landing to explore the cypress lined shores of Pierre Part
Shell Bank Bayou in Manchac allows you to paddle to the mouth of Lake Maurepas. At the end, get some famous fried catfish at Middendorfs!
There are small communities to explore along the bayous with houses and fishing camps
Always be aware of where you’re paddling and whether it is private or public land. Check out the DNR website for more info!
There are even pre Civil War forts to explore. Check out Fort Proctor for an historic adventure!
Enjoy oak, cypress, and a variety of trees and plants along the marshlands
Egrets, Pelicans, and Heron are commonly seen along the bayou
Be mindful of dangerous wildlife such as poisonous snakes and alligators
Always have a life jacket and know how to properly use your kayak!
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