The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service presents free, naturalist-led canoe tours called "Paddling along the Edge." Registration is now open for 2018 guided canoe trips on Bayou Cane in the Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge.
These canoe trips offer a chance to see native wildlife and to explore the natural and cultural history of the edge of Lake Ponchartrain while paddling a coastal bayou from forest to marshland. Paddlers experience the excitement of canoeing southeast Louisiana's scenic Cane Bayou, while learning about the natural and cultural history of the area and an introduction to canoeing techniques.
These "Paddling Along the Edge" Canoe Tours are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. All paddling equipment is provided. Preregistration is required. Registration for fall 2018 tours opens in August; date will be announced as it nears.
Fall 2018 OUTINGS:
Each canoe will paddle out to Lake Pontchartrain and back with stops to discuss the natural and cultural history of the area.All equipment and canoes are provided. Each Saturday morning excursion lasts 2-3 hours, beginning at 9:00 am. Participants must be prepared to paddle for 2-3 hours. There is no current, and occasionally you may need to paddle into the wind. Participants should be dressed for an outdoor activity and plan on paddling for the majority of the trip.
These FREE trips are geared toward adults, but children 5 and older may attend. Only children aged 10 and older will be allowed to paddle. Younger children will sit in the space between the seats.
- You must pre-register and be confirmed in order to participate. Registrations are accepted in the order in which they are received - registrations submitted by email are time stamped in the order in which they enter our inbox. You may also register by phone at (985) 882-2015; however, email is preferred.
- To register by phone, you must leave your phone number and email address as well as the names of the individuals that you would like to register, and the age of any participant under 18.
- To register by email, send your request with the names of the individuals you would like to register, and if they are a minor their age to: Joanne_dolan@fws.gov.
Stay up to date on tours and events by following the Southeast Louisiana Refuges on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SoutheastLouisiana/.
From I-12: Take Exit #74 (LA Hwy 434). Go south (towards Lacombe) on Hwy 434 till you hit U.S. 190. Turn right (towards Mandeville) and go 4.7 miles to Cane Bayou and cross the bridge over the bayou.
Park at boat launch.
The Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges, Inc., is a non-profit organization that supports the mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Fees and donations are used to maintain canoe equipment and hire seasonal interns to lead the tours.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.
The National Wildlife Refuge System, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is the world's premier system of public lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife and plants. Since President Theodore Roosevelt designated Florida's Pelican Island as the first wildlife refuge in 1903, the System has grown to more than 150 million acres, 556 national wildlife refuges and other units of the Refuge System, plus 37 wetland management districts.
For more information, visit http://www.fws.gov/southeastlouisiana or email firstname.lastname@example.org.