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Atchafalaya Basin Paddle

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Atchafalaya Basin Paddle

from 60.00

Saturday, November 3rd

9:00 am - Noon 

Launching out of Bayou Benoit, this guided family paddle in the Atchafalaya River Basin nick-named the "American Amazon" due to the diversity of wildlife is open to ages 4 and up + parents.  Experience what is left of what was once thousands of acres of ancient cypress/tupelo forest, see Ospreys dive from their nests into the water to catch fish, and spot Alligators sunning themselves on logs.  Learn why this area is so special and what we can do to protect it for generations to come. 

Educational Focus:  A look at the past, present, and future of the Atchafalaya River Basin.

Program Fee (includes all equipment, guided tour, and snack):
Rates shown are for a family of 3.  Add $15 for each additional child.
$60 - Members
FREE - Outdoor Adventure Kids

LASOAR Members Please use the "Purchase" button below to register.  

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Trip Details

All equipment and a snack is included!
Please be prepared for sun exposure and insects.  Bring hats, sunglasses, water, sunscreen and bug spray.

Meeting Location/Launch Site: 
Bayou Benoit Landing, 4233 Bayou Benoit Levee Road, Saint Martinville, LA 70582

Schedule:  
8:00-8:15 am - Arrival
8:15- 8:30 am - Educational Focus:  The History of the Atchafalaya River Basin:  A look back at the people and animals who called it home.
8:30 am -  Put in at Bayou Benoit Landing
8:45-10:45 am - Paddle; Swamp Exploration and Education:  Animal Scavenger Hunt
11:00 am - Take Out and Drive to the Atchafalaya Welcome Center for Snack/Lunch, 1908 Atchafalaya River Hwy, Breaux Bridge, LA 70517 (optional)
11:30 - Noon - Atchafalaya Welcome Center Amenities and Activities:

  • Exhibits and movie inside portray the history and lifestyles of the Atchafalaya Basin.
  • Statues of birds and animals commonly found in the area on display, along with a flat-bottomed crawfishing boat.
  • Free coffee
  • Picnic tables available
  • Restrooms
  • Several French-speaking staffers.

Paddling Route:
There and back trail-Leaving Bayou Benoit Landing we'll travel North through part of the Atchafalaya cypress-willow-tupelo swamp for one hour then turn back for the landing.

Wildlife:
The Atchafalaya Basin supports half of America’s migratory waterfowl and may be one of the last refuges for such endangered species as the Peregrine Falcon, the Florida Panther, Bachman’s Warbler and the Ivory Bill Woodpecker.  Other animals that call the Atchafalaya home are the endangered Louisiana black bear, white tail deer, bobcat, coyote, alligator, beaver, nutria, mink, otter, musk rat, armadillo, fox and opossum.

Learn:

Read "The Unkindest Cut", an article in The Advocate where Mollie Day interviews Dean Wilson with The Atchafalaya Basinkeeper who explains the plight of the Atchafalaya.  

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Laura Palmer at laura@lasoar.org.

For more information on the area and to support Atchafalaya preservation and conservation, visit http://www.basinkeeper.org/

Join the Outdoor Adventure Kids Club!

Club Members receive admission to all OAK hiking and paddling trips throughout the year, a club T-shirt, and an invitation to our end of the year, members-only camping trip.

 

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