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Pontchartrain Paddle Tour

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

  • Activities

    Adventure, Kayaking

  • Price
    $69 USD per person
  • Duration

    4 to 4.5 hours round trip

  • Avg Distance

    3 miles

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    Daily at 10 am and 2 pm

  • Price Includes

    all necessary paddling equipment, waterproof cases for cell phones, mid paddle snack, transportation is optional

  • Notes

    No paddling experience needed. Minimum of 2 paddlers required. Transportation from convenient pick up locations for $10/person. For safety reasons we per paddler weight limit of 240 lbs.


  • Flocks of ibises, egrets and herons can be seen commuting back and forth to feeding and roosting sites
  • Osprey routinely dive for dinner in the bayou or the lake
  • Along the banks of the bayou at one specific site are shells of the rangia clam which indicate that native Americans once lived here. Tchefuncta culture existed from 4,000 years ago up until the arrival of the Europeans three hundred years ago
  • This launch site is at what was once the very edge of the North America continent

Trip Info

Cane Bayou has several appealing qualities. The distance is modest but has considerable variety in terms of habitats and wildlife. Unless there is a strong headwind, the paddling is easy for new paddlers since Cane Bayou will have a very modest, or no, current. And on hot and humid days, paddlers will want to step out of their canoes at the mouth of Cane Bayou and go wading in the lake’s waters. The bottom is sandy and firm and the slope is very gradual. The waters will feel cool and refreshing. Sometimes the water is so clear crabs, fish and other marine life are visible. If the humidity is low and the sky clear, downtown New Orleans is visible due south of the mouth of the bayou.The causeway is visible to the west and the sweeping arc of the lake’s shoreline extends out into the lake to the southeast.

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