HOUMA – The 16th Annual Paddle Bayou Lafourche event hosted by the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program kicks off March 23 from Donaldsonville and ends March 26 in Lockport
Participants will get a firsthand look at restoration work along the bayou, a taste of local cuisine, and entertainment every night in a campsite setting. They will receive a souvenir T-shirt, water, and healthy snacks throughout the day.
Paddlers can participate from one day to all four days of the 52-mile, four-day paddling trip down the bayou. They will be treated to scenic natural vistas and fascinating backyard views of the bayou from the water’s perspective while enjoying camaraderie, food, music, and fun.
The cost for paddlers renting a canoe is $60.00 per day or $225.00 for all four days. For paddlers with their own canoes, it’s $40.00 per day or $150.00 for all four days.
Local residents not wanting to paddle can also join in the experience by supporting the event from the banks of Bayou Lafourche and are invited to decorate their bayou side and provide signs of encouragement and welcome to our bayou visitors.
BTNEP started Paddle Bayou Lafourche as an innovative approach to educate residents and visitors about the culture and ecology of Bayou Lafourche, as well as the coastal restoration needs of the area and potential solutions.
Paddlers can register by completing the registration form at www.BTNEP.org, call 985-447-0868 or email Kristy Monier at Kristy@BTNEP.org for registration instructions. Please visit the website for more information.