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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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BTNEP Has Successful 2013 Paddle Bayou Lafourche

BTNEP Has Successful 2013 Paddle Bayou Lafourche

The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) and its Foundation recently hosted their 12th annual Paddle Bayou Lafourche trip on April 4-7. The event was a huge success.

Over 180 paddlers over the four-day period traveled along the quiet waters of Bayou Lafourche. Along with locals, paddlers came from Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and California.

One paddler joined the group from Switzerland.

The 52-mile, four-day paddling trip began Thursday in Donaldsonville, and ended in Lockport on Sunday. They were 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. Paddlers were also given a firsthand look at the restoration work being conducted along the bayou.

Saturday, the most popular day, had over 90 boats fill the waters of Bayou Lafourche, with each other day having over 50 boats. Each day paddlers were treated to local cuisine and entertainment.

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.

The date for the 2014 Paddle Bayou Lafourche trip will be release in months to come. For more information on Paddle Bayou Lafourche, visit the BTNEP website at