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Top of the Teche

April 6, 2019 @ 7:00 am - 2:00 pm

Paddling Bayou Teche in Leonville, Louisiana. Photo by Bayou Teche Experience

Top of the Teche is a 7.7-mile race for kayaks, canoes, pirogues, and SUPs from Leonville to Arnaudville, Louisiana. There are 15 classes to choose from and competitors will vie for trophies. The six divisions include Men, Women, Mixed, Boys, Girls, and Mixed Youth. Registration begins at the boat launch in Leonville, Louisiana, and boats take off at 10am.

This event is coordinated by Tour du Teche, Inc., a non-profit organization that was organized to promote outdoor recreation along the Bayou Teche Corridor through St. Landry, St. Martin, Iberia, and St. Mary parishes. It is one of many events that take place on Bayou Teche throughout the year. For a full schedule visit TourduTeche.com. Top of the Teche benefits the work of the Arnaudville Chamber of Commerce and the Leonville Volunteer Fire Department.

Paddling Bayou Teche is made possible by the efforts of the non-profit organization, TECHE Project. The TECHE Project began as a small, volunteer clean-up organization. Today, the group is responsible for the bayou’s designation as a National Paddle Trail by the U.S. Park Service and a National Water Trail by the U.S. Interior Department. The team has also added trailheads and floating docks to communities along the Teche and designed a water-proof map for canoers marking attractions, restaurants, and historic sites along the trail.

Top of the Teche Schedule:
7am-9am – Boat Check
9am – Opening Ceremony
10am – Race starts for all divisions
2pm – Award Ceremony