For a purely urban paddling experience, this is the place. Bayou St. John affords the opportunity to canoe or kayak the calm water of a scenic waterway and enjoy the scenery right inside the city of New Orleans. The paddling is easy, and this could be a fun little trip for families with kids. Water levels are affected primarily by rainfall, and when the water is high, crossing under bridges can be a bit tricky. The short route takes you through a historic residential area along both banks of the bayou.