Bayou Cane Tour, Louisiana
When in New Orleans, we knew we had to get out into the legendary swamps. After some research, we decided our best bet would be the Canoe and Trail Tour, which proved to be an excellent choice with fantastic tour guides and an overall great tour.
Being picked up at a spot in the French Quarter, we were transported by van across the bumpy Lake Pontchartrain Causeway to Mandeville, across the Lake for a pit stop at a grocery store before continuing onto our destination at Bayou Cane, where our canoes and kayaks were awaiting.
After a short introduction on safety, history of the area and getting to know the guides a bit, we launched our craft and began our cruise down the bayou. Crossing under an old railway trussel turned bike bridge, it wasn’t long before we began encountering wildlife, including pelicans and finally a gator sunning on an old log.
The cypress stands soon gave way to marshland full of tidal grasses before opening up to Lake Pontchartrain itself after the one mile journey. For our rest on the shore of the lake, the tour company had arranged a local specialty, po boys, local Zapp’s potato chips and Abita root beer.
These little excursions always make a trip just a little more interesting, and all the more when you can experience something like gator watching.