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Sunday, July 21, 2019

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Bayou Lafourche residents urged to welcome paddlers

Bayou Lafourche residents urged to welcome paddlers

The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) and its foundation are gearing up for the 14th annual Paddle Bayou Lafourche trip to be held April 9-12. Residents of Bayou Lafourche are being asked to welcome these paddlers as they paddle down the bayou.

Paddlers from all over will be traveling along the muddy waters of Bayou Lafourche for the 52-mile, four-day paddling trip that begins Thursday in Donaldsonville, and ends in Lockport on Sunday.

Paddlers will participate anywhere from one day to all four days of the trip. They will be treated to scenic natural vistas, and a fascinating backyard view of the bayou from the water’s perspective while enjoying camaraderie, food, music, and fun.

Along the way, paddlers will learn of the bayou’s history, its wealth, and about the wetlands as well as the threat to this coastal treasure. Paddlers will also get a firsthand look at the restoration work being conducted along the bayou.

On Thursday, paddlers will travel from the Donaldsonville Boat Launch to Madewood Plantation in Napoleonville. Friday’s trip will start at Madewood Plantation and end at Jean Lafitte Historic Park and Preserve in Thibodaux. On Saturday, paddlers will launch at Nicholls State University and end at the residence of Dr. Mike and Brenda Dardar Robichaux.

The last leg of the paddle trip will take place on Sunday and will begin at the Robichaux residence and finish up at the Lockport Bayouside Park. Each day paddlers will receive local cuisine for lunch and dinner and entertainment in a campsite setting at night.

Local residents are asked to join in the experience by supporting the paddlers from the banks of Bayou Lafourche. Locals are invited to decorate their bayou side and provide signs of encouragement to the bayou visitors. In the past, visitors have been greeted with local music and cheers as the paddlers coasted down the bayou. Residents are encouraged to make sure their bayou side is clean to help welcome the paddlers.

“Our paddlers enjoy seeing the locals and the hospitality our area has to offer,” said Kristy Monier, Project Manager and BTNEP Media Relations and PR Coordinator.

“Every year we see many new faces on the water, but we also have paddlers that return year after year.”

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.

For more information on Paddle Bayou Lafourche, visit the BTNEP website at