The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program and its Foundation are still accepting registration for the 2015 Paddle Bayou Lafourche.
The 52-mile, four-day paddling trip down the bayou begins Thursday, April 9th, in Donaldsonville and ends in Lockport on Sunday, April 12th. Paddlers can participate anywhere 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 fun.
Paddlers will also get a firsthand look at the restoration work being conducted along the bayou. They will get a taste of local cuisine and entertainment every night in a campsite setting. They will also receive a souvenir t-shirt, water and healthy snacks throughout the day. Canoe rentals are available in a limited supply.
The trip 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. Registration is required beforehand.
The registration deadline to guarantee a paddle t-shirt is Wednesday, March 18, at 4 p.m. Registrations will still be accepted after March 18, but shirts are not guaranteed.
During the trip, paddlers may choose to camp out at Madewood Plantation, on the Nicholls State University campus, and at Dr. Mike and Brenda Dardar Robichaux’s home with the United Houma Nation, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights respectively.
Local residents can also 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 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.
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.
Posted on Fri, March 13, 2015
by The Lafourche Gazette