Louisiana Paddle Trails

Louisiana Paddle Trails

Your paddle adventure in Louisiana starts here.

Paddle Map

Explore by regions with the interactive map below.

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Shreveport-Bossier City Area
Natchitoches-Winnfield Area
Toledo Bend-Lake Country Area
Alexandria Area
Lake Charles Area
Lafayette Area
New Iberia-Morgan City Area
Baton Rouge Area
Great River Road Area
Houma-Thibodaux-Grand Isle Area
Northshore Area
New Orleans Area
Monroe-Ruston Area
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Alexandria Area
Alexandria Area

The rivers and lakes of the Alexandria area are prime for paddling. Chicot State Park offers 1,600 acres of calm waters surrounded by cypress trees. The lakes of Kisatchie National Forest offer stunning surroundings for a day on the water.

Baton Rouge Area in Louisiana
Baton Rouge Area
Baton Rouge Area

With many lakes and bayous once influenced by the Mississippi River, the Baton Rouge area offers many great locations for paddling. For example, Lake Fausse Pointe State Park offers multiple canoeing trails through its 6,000-acre site in the Atchafalaya Basin.

Northshore Area in Louisiana
Northshore Area
Northshore Area

The Northshore Area contains miles of bayous, rivers, and streams to enjoy either at your leisure or with an expert guide. Located on the sandy shores of Lake Pontchartrain, Fontainebleau State Park offers plenty of space to launch your canoe or kayak.

New Orleans Area in Louisiana
New Orleans Area
New Orleans Area

The unique environment of New Orleans lends itself to experiences such as urban paddling in waterways such as Bayou St. John. Just outside of the city, you will find endless channels sprawling through wildlife preserves, such as Jean Lafitte Historical National Park.

Great River Road Area in Louisiana
Great River Road Area
Great River Road Area

Surround yourself with the soaring cypress of Manchac Swamp as you explore the mysterious waters, beautiful flora, and exotic wildlife.

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Houma-Thibodaux-Grand Isle Area in Louisiana
Houma-Thibodaux-Grand Isle Area
Houma-Thibodaux-Grand Isle Area

The protected waters of the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary are the perfect place to paddle for the wildlife enthusiast, as they are home to nearly 200 species of birds. Explore fresh and saltwater marshes, cypress swamps, and barrier island beaches.

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New Iberia-Morgan City Area in Louisiana
New Iberia - Morgan City Area
New Iberia - Morgan City Area

Meander through the secluded waters of the Atchafalaya Basin Swamp, with its moss-draped cypress trees and over 170,000 acres of wildlife management areas. With multiple designated paddling trails, explore south Louisiana's environment and cultures.

Lafayette Area in Louisiana
Lafayette Area
Lafayette Area

Paddle through endless bayous and swamps in the Lafayette area. Wind your way through the trees in Lake Martin for incredible bird watching opportunities or explore the Bayou Teche National Water Trail.

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Lake Charles Area
Lake Charles Area

The rivers, bayous, and lakes of the Lake Charles area bring you an abundance of calm water to explore. Explore beneath the cypress trees of Indian Bayou or look for dolphins in the area's ship channels.

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Toledo Bend Lake Country Area
Toledo Bend Lake Country Area

Amateur and experienced paddlers alike will enjoy the lakes, rivers, and creeks of Toledo Bend – Lake Country area. Trips down the Sabine River, Toro Creek, and Kisatchie Bayou are filled with sandy beaches and natural beauty.

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Natchitoches - Winnfield Area
Natchitoches - Winnfield Area

The calm waters of Cane River make for the perfect place to leisurely paddle, whether that be on a stand-up paddleboard, kayak, or hydrobike.

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Monroe - Ruston Area
Monroe - Ruston Area

Whether paddling the calm waters of Poverty Point Reservoir State Park's 2,700-acre lake or along the moss-draped banks of Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge, the Monroe-Ruston area offers beautiful views and abundant waterways.

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Shreveport - Bossier City Area
Shreveport - Bossier City Area

Among the many waterways to explore in the Shreveport-Bossier City area is the 11-mile canoe train amongst the cypress and tupelo trees of Lake Bistineau State Park. For a paddle into relaxation, try out the calm waters and sandy beaches of Lake Claiborne State Park.

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