Paddling the Bayous
Explore Bayou Teche, part of the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area, by canoe, kayak, stand up paddle or small boat. What the Chitimacha Indians once claimed was a large poisonous snake is actually a 135-mile long bayou, perfect for paddling, birding, fishing, and host to several events and races. The bayou starts in Port Barre, St. Landry Parish, flows through St. Martin and Iberia Parishes ending in Berwick, St. Mary Parish all within the Bayou Teche Corridor.
What started as a cleanup project has blossomed into a nonprofit organization called the TECHE Project. Through their efforts, the bayou is now recognized as a Paddle Trail featuring 13 established access points for paddle trips. In 2015, it helped bring recognition to Louisiana as the first waterway to be listed as a National Water Trail. This designation places the Teche in an elite group of rivers across the nation and will increase recreational tourism for the visitors and residents in the 15 communities and the four parishes.
To experience this paddle trail, take part in one of several events and races throughout the year organized by Tour du Teche. Visitors and paddlers come from all over the country to experience Cajun Country by water and explore the landscape, community, and environment from a natural, non-motorized perspective.
For customized group tours along the teche contact, Bayou Teche Experience, an eco-friendly Cajun outdoors experience. No experience necessary and all ages are welcome. Choose from a Natural History Wildlife Tour, Louisiana Birding Tour or Cajun Cultural Heritage Tour. A chief biologist with more than 30 years of experience will lead and educate you in Louisiana's natural habitat. BTE specializes in kayak rentals and shuttle service. Contact Cory Werk, CEO or call 337-366-0337.
Boat Launches & Canoe Access:
Big Alabama Bayou – Sherburne Wildlife Management Area (WMA)
Little Alabama Bayou – Sherburne Wildlife Management Area (WMA)
- Port Barre, LA – at the corner of Hwy103 and Hwy 741
- Washington, LA – on Elizabeth St., off of Hwy. 103
- Arnaudville, LA – St. Francis Regis Church grounds
- Leonville, LA – 150 Mistric St., Leonville, LA 70551
- Port Barre, LA – Bayou Teche RV Park
Eunice City Lake - 900 Hwy. 190 West, Eunice, LA 70535