Bayou Teche National Paddle Trail (Loreauville to Jeanerette)
This 135 miles trail, which is part of the National Park Service’s National Water Trails System, offers multiple access points from Port Barre to Calumet. The Iberia parish portion starts in Loreauville through New Iberia (9.5 miles) and ends in Jeanerette (11 miles) with four boat docks located along the way.
Bayou Teche is a slow-moving waterway near the Atchafalaya Basin that is great for paddling. Oak, cypress, magnolia and redbud trees line the banks, and you may spot bald eagles, turtles, snakes, alligators, egrets and nutria. The bayou winds through history, touching the original grounds of the Chitimacha people, the earliest residents.
- Loreauville floating dock - 119 Bridge St., Loreauville, 30.056667, -91.740000
- PJ Allain Waterfront Park & Sculptural Garden dock: 109 N. Weeks St., New Iberia, 30.003012, -91.818266
- New Iberia City Park boat ramp - 570 Marie St., New Iberia - 30.004073, -91.811736 (future dock will be installed when new park is implemented at 108 Duperier Bridge St.)
- Jeanerette City Park floating dock & boat launch - 1603 Tarleton St., Jeanerette - 29.918926, -91.667089
For more information, visit Iberia Parish's Paddle Trails.