Swamp Tours and Bayou Tours near Lafayette, LA
September 21, 2018
It is no surprise that when people visit Cajun Country they want to check out our swamps. Luckily for them, there are plenty of places around that offer swamp and bayou tours! What some people might not know, is that there are different types of tours that you can take.
The Atchafalaya Basin – This River-Basin swamp cuts a 15-mile-wide path across south Louisiana and is the last of its kind. It is compromised of 860,000 acres of swamps, lakes, and water prairies.
An abundance of wildlife can be found in the basin. It is home to over 300 species of birds, 90 species of fish and crustaceans, and, of course, the American alligator, along with many other reptiles and amphibians.
Lake Martin – Also known as the Cypress Island Nature Preserve, is home to a swampy ecosystem that supports globally significant numbers of species of colonial nesting water birds and native plants. Lake Martin is also a great place to spot Alligators and Nutria.
Unlike deeper swamps in the Atchafalaya Basin, Lake Martin can be easily reached by car and much of the area can be explored by foot. Many people enjoy canoeing or kayaking in Lake Martin to take in the views.
Airboat Tours - An airboat is a flat-bottomed watercraft propelled by an aircraft-type propeller and powered by either an aircraft or automotive engine. Airboats make it easier for us to explore more shallow and marshy areas where a boat with a submerged engine would be impractical.
Tin Boat Tours – Tin boats can be large or small and are designed to get into the heart of the swamp. They often have open seating and, sometimes, covered tops. Usually, quieter motors are used as to not spook any wildlife.
By: Whitney Ross, Lafayette Native