About our Kayak Tours:
Our tours typically begin in New Orleans with an educational session about environmental issues affecting coastal Louisiana. Afterwards kayakers caravan to the closest remaining cypress tupelo swamp 45 minutes west of the city. Motorboat tours are in the marshlands of Plaquemines Parish south of the city. When scheduling, a minimum of 2-weeks’ advance notice is recommended for both, especially motor boat tours.
Louisiana’s still-massive cypress and tupelo forests, meandering bayous and sprawling wetlands, which once laced the city itself, are dwindling at an alarming rate. This integral part of the local landscape sits literally at our doorstep, yet remains lamentably off the radar for many whose lives and futures depend on it…. Lost Lands takes you 40 miles away and a million miles from home.” – Renee Peck, Nola Vie
Although vast areas of South Louisiana cypress and tupelo forests were eliminated by loggers and real estate developers, outdoors enthusiasts can go back in time, paddling kayaks through haunting and mesmerizing forested swamps in the Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area about 40 minutes outside the city.
Participants learn about the cypress, tupelo, and oak-forested swamps that were in the city before it was drained to develop newer New Orleans neighborhoods—the same neighborhoods that received most of Hurricane Katrina’s floodwaters due to lower elevations caused by draining swamp land. They will also see very clearly why the native forests that once stood between New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico provided the absolute best hurricane protection for communities in South Louisiana.
Click here for an article by NolaVie editor Renee Peck about her experience taking a Lost Lands kayak tour.
Timing: A typical kayak tour can run from 6-7 hours, beginning at 8 or 9 in the morning and returning at 3 or 4 in the afternoon, including travel time to and from the tour site. Tour timing will vary depending on weather and time of year.
Equipment: We provide the guide, kayaks, paddles, dry bags, snacks, water bottles, peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, sunscreen and bug spray (which is rarely needed).
Transportation: Transportation from the meeting point to the boat launch site is not included in the cost of the tour. We are sometimes able to give courtesy rides to people who don’t have transportation, in the guide vehicle that hauls the kayaks. However, when space is available, there is only room for three to four people in addition to the driver.
Restrictions: The weight limit safety rating for our single-person kayaks is 275 lbs; tandem kayaks can hold two people with a maximum combined weight of 400 pounds. Because the safety of our guests is paramount, these restrictions are non-negotiable.
Cost: Kayak Tours are $95 per person when we take out four or more people. For groups of two, the price is $175 person, and $120 for groups of three. An exclusive single-person tour, perfect for photographers, film scouts, etc., costs $350. For those who want to see if a larger group can be formed to lower the per-person charge, we put their available dates on our calendar and look for others who can paddle at the same time.