Want to learn more about wildlife and cultural history of Southeast Louisiana? Join U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) staff and explore Bayou Lacombe near Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge
The tours begin at 9 a.m. and last approximately three hours on select Saturday mornings. This adventure is geared towards adults, but children five and older may attend if accompanied by an adult. All canoes and paddle equipment are provided by USFWS. Participants should be prepared to paddle for up to two hours on flatwater with several stops to discuss wildlife and cultural history. Spring Canoe Tour dates are Saturdays, March 7, 21, and 28, 2020.
Tour registration is first-come first-served and opens Monday, January 29, 2020 at 8 a.m. through February 7, 2020 at 4 p.m. Priority is provided to applicants that have not participated in previous canoe tours. Requests made by email and phone are time stamped and processed in the order in which received. A maximum of six spots may be requested per registration request. Registration is not open to organized groups other than family and friends. More information on tours and registration available at: www.fws.gov/refuge/Big_Branch_Marsh/Canoe.html.
All canoes and paddle equipment are provided by USFWS. The tours last approximately three hours, beginning at 9 a.m. on selected Saturday mornings. This adventure is geared towards adults, but children 5 and older may attend and children must be at least 10 years old to paddle. The canoes have two seats for paddlers — younger children will sit in the middle of the canoe. Participants should be prepared to paddle for up to two to three hours on flatwater with several stops to discuss wildlife and natural history. There is no current, and occasionally you may need to paddle into the wind. Participants should be dressed for an outdoor activity.
To register, contact Refuge Ranger Jo Anne Dolan at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: (985) 882-2015.
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.
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Photo: Paddlers explore the bayou and marsh at Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge.