Bayou Teche Paddle Trail

The Bayou Teche Paddle Trail is a 135-mile-long water route that meanders through the heart of South-Central Louisiana. Slow-moving and serene, The Bayou Teche provides an ideal setting for kayaking and canoeing. The trail flows through 15 towns and four parishes (St. Landry, St. Martin, Iberia, and St. Mary), and depending on the length and intensity of the paddling adventure you seek, there are multiple access points throughout the trail. Paddlers can choose their entry and exit points, making it convenient for those who wish to explore specific parts of the bayou. 

At the forefront of preserving the Bayou Teche Paddle Trail lies the TECHE Project, a non-profit organization committed to protecting and maintaining the Bayou. Founded by volunteers, the TECHE Project organizes regular clean-up initiatives, removing debris and litter to ensure that the waterway remains pristine, works with local authorities and environmental agencies to advocate for environmental protection measures, and promotes cultural awareness and responsible recreational use through educational programs. To that end, they successfully got Bayou Teche designated as the only National Water Trail in Louisiana in 2015. 

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St. Martin parish Paddle trail map