With all the rivers, bayou’s, lakes, and marshes, kayaking is instilled into the Cajun culture.
Pack and Paddle – Founded in 1974 by Joan and Doc Williams. Pack and Paddle has grown to over 6,000 square feet, housing excellent brands of outdoor equipment for all types of self-propelled outdoor activities. They specialize in rock climbing, backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, kayak fishing, fly fishing, family camping, and much more.
Pack & Paddle is the place to get information and get fitted properly for all types of outdoor adventures. Pack & Paddle is a resource for the local forests, swamps, marshes and streams that make Louisiana a special place for the outdoor enthusiast.
Pack and Paddle host several different adventures including a kayaking swamp tour of Lake Martin, located near Breaux Bridge. Other adventures include hiking at Clark Creek to check out waterfalls and paddleboard tours of the lakes and bayous.
Visit their website for tons of details including pricing and reservations.
Champagnes Swamp Tours – Depart from the only Handicap Accessible dock for boats on Lake Martin & transport you on an adventure deep in the heart of Lake Martin. From here you will experience the Louisiana swamps & bayous. The Breaux Bridge Lake Martin store is a short drive from Lafayette, LA and less than an hour drive from Baton Rouge, LA. Only a 23-min drive from the Cajun Dome in Lafayette, LA. They have air conditioning & the only bathrooms at Lake Martin. Tours in French are also available.
Enjoy all the beauty and excitement of the Lake Martin Cypress Island Preserve on one of the relaxing, authentic Lake Martin boat tours. RV and Tour Bus Parking is available.
They are experts in traveling through the very dense swamps of Southern Louisiana in their comfortable tour boats. There are many bird watching opportunities while cruising under groves of 500-year-old moss covered cypress and tupelo trees. During your journey, you will discover the history of Spanish Moss and how it was used many years ago. They will also reveal the Cajun secret of how cypress trees were harvested when no boats were available. You will be able to examine pieces of cypress driftwood and Cypress roots (Cypress Knees) in their native environment.
Lake Martin is a favorite destination for bird watching. This flooded forest is home to 205 different species of birds and is one of the largest nesting areas of wading birds. You will see many species of birds, such as Borrowed Owls, Great-horned Owls, Pileated Woodpeckers, Anhinga, Cormorants, Wood Ducks, Yellow (and Black) crowned Night Herons, & The Great Blue Heron. Other wildlife may be seen such as nutria, frogs, snakes, and best of all alligators. Private Bird Watching boat tours are available upon request.
Along the way, you may see alligators 3 to 14 ft long. Our experienced guides will explain how Cajuns harvested alligator eggs & alligators. The tour will take you into a duck blind during off season. Guided duck hunts are available during duck season in September. You will see Cajuns fishing for sac-a-lait, crappie, catfish, bream, largemouth bass and many other favorite native sports fish.
Call, email, or check out their website for tour reservation.