Kayaking 101 - Basic Skills for Flat-Water Kayaking Course

Pack & Paddle is hosting a kayaking course Thursday, March 12, at Lake Martin. This on-water seminar will start at 5 p.m. and will focus on basic skills for flat-water kayaking, including terminology, the best ways to enter and exit a kayak, and basic strokes. The goal of this course is to teach you to easily paddle your kayak in a straight line, turn quickly in both directions and do so with techniques that minimize effort on your arms. Registration for this course includes boats, paddles, PFDs and instructor fees.

Paddle Bayou Lafourche

Join the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program on a 52-mile, 4-day paddling trip down Bayou Lafourche. Experience the wild, natural elegance of the bayou as you pass by scenic natural vistas and through a number of rural communities and small cities from Donaldsonville to Lockport.

Clean Up Bayou Lafourche

This year's Clean Up Bayou Lafourche event focuses on 106 miles of Bayou Lafourche (from Donaldsonville to Leeville) and will take place Saturday, March 14, from 8 a.m. to noon at various locations along the bayou. Volunteers must register online, complete a waiver and select the part of the bayou they would like to work on. For example, anyone interested in helping with the Napoleanville section should contact site captain Ginger Rushing, whose group is meeting at the Community Center on La. Hwy. 1.

Great Mother's Day Canoe Race

Riverbend Canoe Rentals will host their 3rd annual Great Mother's Day Canoe Race on the Sabine River on Saturday, May 9. The race will begin at 1 p.m. at the Burr's Ferry Bridge. The finish line will be Riverbend Canoe Rentals in Evans, La. Every contestant will get a t-shirt, and trophies will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places with cash prizes based on a percentage of the entry fees. For more information, call Wesley Smith at 337-378-5054 or 337-286-9455.


Kayaking 101 – Basic Skills for Flat-water Kayaking Course

Pack & Paddle is hosting an on-water seminar at Lake Martin to teach participants everything they need to know about paddling a flatwater kayak efficiently. Basic information covered will include terminology, the best ways to enter and exit a kayak and all the basic strokes. The goal for this course it that all participants can easily paddle their kayak in a straight line, turn quickly in both directions and do so with techniques that minimize arm effort.

Paddle Trip at Bay HaHa

Pack & Paddle will host a level 2 paddle trip involving three to five hours of paddling Saturday, April 4, to the Bay Haha area of the Atchafalaya Basin. Stacey Scarce, who works as the naturalist at the Acadiana Park Nature Station, will guide this trip through the cypress and tupelo-filled swamp.

Sunrise Paddle at Lake Martin

See Lake Martin come to life as the sun rises over the eastern shore of the lake during this easy paddle trip with Pack & Paddle. Participants will hear the birds beginning to sing, see the swallows swooping over the water insearch of insects and watch the trees morph from the blackish grey of dawn to the beautiful full colors of morning. After the paddle the group will enjoy a special brunch lakeside.

Bayou Vermilion Paddle Trail

The Bayou Vermilion District, Lafayette Consolidated Government, CGI and the Bayou Vermilion Preservation Association have launched a collaborative interactive online paddle trail map for that details the Bayou Vermilion Paddle Trail. This innovative tool allows paddlers and boaters to navigate points of interest along the waterway. Users can locate and identify recreation areas, boat and canoe launches, businesses and other amenities from the northernmost access point on the Bayou Vermilion District's North Landing all the way to public boat launch in the Intracoastal Canal.


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