Paddlers journey down Bayou Lafourche

Allison B. Hudson
Several canoes depart from Donaldsonville at the start of the eighth annual Paddle Bayou Lafourche trip.

Hundreds of paddlers voyaged down Bayou Lafourche after starting their journey in Donaldsonville.

“This is our first time and we are excited,” said sisters Anna, 15, and Sallie Hobbs, 18, from Mena, Ariz.

The pair were one of nearly 300 paddlers who participated in the first leg of the eight annual trip, a 17.71 mile stretch starting in Donaldsonville and ending in Napoleonville, according to the event coordinator.

The purpose of the trip is to reconnect people with the bayou.

The bayou was dammed in 1904, becoming a stagnant drainage ditch until a pump station was installed in the 1950s, according to BTNEP water quality coordinator Andrew Barron.