Registration still open for 2014 Paddle Bayou Lafourche

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The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program and its Foundation is still accepting registration for the 2014 Paddle Bayou Lafourche.

Registration deadline to guarantee a paddle t-shirt is March 18, 2014 at 4 p.m. Registrations will still be accepted after March 18, but shirts are not guaranteed.

The 52-mile, four-day paddling trip down the bayou begins Thursday, April 3rd, in Donaldsonville, and ends in Lockport on Sunday, April 6th. Paddlers can participate anywhere from one day to all four days of the trip. They will be treated not only to scenic natural vistas, but also to a fascinating backyard view of the bayou from the water’s perspective while enjoying camaraderie, food, music, and fun. Paddlers will also get a firsthand look at the restoration work being conducted along the bayou. They will get a taste of local cuisine and entertainment every night in a campsite setting. They will also receive a souvenir t-shirt, water and healthy snacks throughout the day. Canoe rentals are available in a limited supply. The trip is $30 per day, or $110 for all four days without a canoe rental. The cost for paddlers renting a canoe is $50 per day, or $190 for all four days. Registration is required beforehand.

During the trip, paddlers may choose to camp out at Madewood Plantation, on the Nicholls State University campus, and at Dr. Mike and Brenda Dardar Robichaux’s home with the United Houma Nation, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights respectively.

Local residents can also join in the experience by supporting the paddlers from the banks of Bayou Lafourche. Locals are invited to decorate their bayou side and provide signs of encouragement and welcome to our bayou visitors. In the past, visitors have been greeted with local music and cheers as the paddlers coasted down the bayou.

BTNEP started Paddle Bayou Lafourche as an innovative approach to educate residents and visitors about the culture and ecology of Bayou Lafourche, as well as the coastal restoration needs of the area and potential solutions.