Cajun Coast Bayou Teche Paddling Trail

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This trail begins in Jeanerette and ends near Calumet, with six 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. Nearby historic sites include pre- and post-Civil War plantation homes, and remnants from the Battle of Irish Bend and the Battle of Bisland. Much history of the area is preserved in the Chitimacha Museum, the Charenton Heritage Museum, the Young-Sanders Center and the Grevemberg House Museum. Two working sugar mills operate in the area, and at harvest time, sugar cane is shipped down Bayou Teche by barge. From Highway 90, take Jeanerette Exit # 668, which turns into Highway 671 (also Canal Street); turn left onto Highway 182 (also Main Street); travel 0.5 miles on Main Street and take a right onto Wormser Street; take a left onto Tarleton, and follow the road to the boat ramp on Bayou Teche. For more information see Cajun Coast Visitor & Convention Bureau at or call 800-256-2931.