Customized Motor Boat Tours
*** Motor boat tours require considerable advance planning and are primarily appropriate for press and academic groups, researchers, and writers as well as representatives of environmental and philanthropic organizations. They provide access to the front lines of Louisiana’s land loss crises and restoration efforts. Captains are professionals who do these tours in addition to regular jobs.
The Tour: This boat trip leaving from Plaquemines Parish 25 miles south of New Orleans takes visitors down canals and bayous and through marshland to the rapidly eroding Barataria Bay and south to the waters around Grand Isle and Grand Terre Island. Famous in the early 1800s as the stomping ground of the pirate Jean Lafitte and his band of privateers, this area was once filled with cypress forests, oak islands, villages, and a unique wetlands culture. Now mostly open water, but still rich with wildlife and one of the nation’s most productive fisheries, it was here that photographers shot many of the most dramatic and tragic photos of oil-soaked wildlife during the 2010 BP oil spill.
Visitors will see all sides of our story, from tragic to beautiful to hopeful. Cruise with schools of dolphins behind barrier islands hosting dense populations of nesting pelicans and shore birds, ride through the “Texaco canals” to witness devastation left when an oil company finished extracting oil and moved on; visit one of the first projects that used sediment from the near-by river to restore an eroding marsh; and see first-hand the impact levees have on wetlands.