Paddle, ride along La. bayous

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The annual four-day, 52-mile coordinated journey down Bayou Lafourche commences April 19 in Donaldsonville.


Registration for Paddle Bayou Lafourche 2012 remains open through April 4, and participants can elect to participate in individual legs or the comprehensive trip.

Individual day registration, which includes food, nightly entertainment, snacks, water and a daily shuttle bus, costs $30. If the registrant needs a canoe, the cost is $50. All four days cost $110, or $190 if including a canoe rental. Forms are available at www.btnep.org.


The trip down the muddy waters includes scenic bayouside views as far south as Lockport, where it ends April 22.


Registered paddlers can camp at Madewood Plantation, on the Nicholls State campus and at Dr. Mike and Brenda Dardar Robichaux’s Raceland home.

Paddle Bayou Lafourche isn’t the only opportunity this month for people who enjoy a journey through nature.


Tour du Teche’s inaugural Great Bayou Teche Dog Paddle begins at 8:15 a.m., April 22 at Parc des Ponts de Pont Breaux in Breaux Bridge.

Participants are encouraged to make the eight-mile leisure paddle with animals on board. The tour finishes at Cecile Rousseau Memorial Park in Parks, where All-O-Cajun DJ Services provides music from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Vendors that provide pet-related services, food and drink attend to the alcohol-free event.

Registration costs $25, and all proceeds benefit St. Martin Parish Animal Services.

Prospective paddlers can register through 8 a.m. April 22. Forms are available at Teche News or the St. Martin Parish Animal Shelter, both in St. Martinsville; at any St. Martin Parish Veterinary Clinic; and online at www.techeproject.com.

The Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center offers boat tours to Madewood Plantation and the E.D. White Plantation Home through May 26. The Madewood tour cruises on Fridays and Saturdays, and tickets cost $28.25, which includes lunch for the 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. tour. Trips to the E.D. White Plantation Home depart on Wednesdays, cost $5 and run from 10 a.m. to noon.

ERIC BESSON