Paddling in Pink with BREC Outdoor Adventure

Join BREC's Outdoor Adventure Program from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, for Paddling in Ping, a new program in partnership with Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge. During this program participants will learn to paddle kayaks, canoes and paddle boards while also making a contribution to Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge. Cost: $5. Participaints: ages 12 and older. Additional assistance provided by The Backpacker and Muddy Water Paddle Company. All proceeds benefit Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge.

Tour du Teche

Tour du Teche is a 135-mile canoe/kayak/pirogue race through the heart of Louisiana's Cajun Country. The race, in it's fifth year, will take place Oct. 3 - 5 and will go from Port Barre to Berwick. There are three racing stages: Stage 1 - Gabriel, Port Barre to St. Martinville, 49 miles; Stage 2 - Chitimacha, St. Martinville to Franklin, 59 miles; Stage 3 - Roughneck, Franklin to Berwick, 27 miles. Shorter Voyageur divisions will include: Crawfish - Port Barre to Breaux Bridge, 34 miles; Acadian, Port Barre to St. Martinville, 49 miles; Hot Sauce - St.

Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge

The primary mission of this refuge in the lower part of the Atchafalaya Basin is to preserve and manage habitat for the threatened Louisiana black bear, so there is potential for bear sightings along the system of interconnected trails. Other wildlife you are likely to spot include wading birds, neotropical songbirds, waterfowl, and various reptiles and amphibians Within the refuge, you can take your pick of four trails: Wood Duck Trail (approximately 10 miles); Black Bear Trail (12 miles); Alligator Trail (10 miles); and Yellow Bayou Trail (6 miles)..

Bayou St. John

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.

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