Free Guided Canoe Tours of Bayou Lacombe: See dates, how to register

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will offer free guided public canoe tours that explore Louisiana’s scenic Bayou Lacombe at Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge on select dates this fall.

Canoeists explore the bayou and marsh at Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge. Photo courtesy: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The program allows individuals to experience the excitement of canoeing a Southeast Louisiana bayou while learning about wildlife and the natural and cultural history of the area.

The tours will last approximately three hours, beginning at 9 a.m. on selected Saturday mornings. All paddle equipment and canoes are provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

This adventure is geared towards adults, but children ages 5 and older may participate. Only children ages 10 and older will be allowed to paddle. Canoes have two seats for paddlers. Younger children will sit in the middle of the canoe.

Participants should dress appropriately for an outdoor activity and plan on paddling for two to three hours on flat water with several stops to discuss the natural and cultural history.

See also: North Shore ‘sunset paddle’ on Cane Bayou: Kayak close to nature — and gators

Photo courtesy: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Pre-registration is required. Registration for tours opens on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 8 a.m.

Registrations received before that date and time will not be accepted. Reservation requests made by email and phone are time stamped and processed in the order in which they are received.

Organizers say canoe tours fill up fast, so register as soon as possible. Registration closes for all canoe trips the Friday before each canoe trip date by noon.

Register by e-mail to Refuge Ranger Jo Anne Dolan at or by phone: 985-882-2015.

Fall Canoe Trip dates are:

Saturday, October 20

Saturday, November 3

Saturday, November 17

Saturday, December 1

For more information about the tours and registration, visit the website.

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