Paddle Bayou Lafourche

Staff Report
Bayou LaFourche, Donaldsonville.

     THIBODAUX – Registration is now open for the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) 2016 Paddle Bayou Lafourche event.

     The 52-mile, four-day paddling trip down the bayou begins Thursday, March 31, in Donaldsonville, and ends in Lockport on Sunday, April 3. Paddlers can participate from one day to all four days of the trip. They will be treated not only to scenic natural vistas, but also to a fascinating backyard view of the bayou from the water’s perspective while enjoying camaraderie, food, music and more.

     Paddlers will get a firsthand look at the restoration work being conducted along the bayou, along with a taste of local cuisine, and entertainment every night in a campsite setting. Participants will also receive a souvenir t-shirt, water and snacks throughout the day. Canoe rentals are available in a limited supply.

     Local residents not wanting to paddle can also join in the experience by supporting the event from the banks of Bayou Lafourche. Locals are invited to decorate their bayou side and provide signs of encouragement and welcome to our bayou visitors. In the past, visitors have been greeted with local music and cheers as the paddlers coasted down the bayou.

     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, (985) 447-0868 or email Kristy Monier at for registration instructions.

     The trip cost is $40 per day, or $150 for all four days without a canoe rental. The cost for paddlers renting a canoe is $60 per day, or $225 for all four days. Preregistration is required.

     BTNEP is one of the 28 national estuary programs in the United States. All or parts of 16 Louisiana parishes are located in the Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary system. The organization was established under the EPA Clean Water Act to protect coastal resources.