Kayaking around Baton Rouge

I’m moving away from Baton Rouge soon, and before I go I wanted to list out the places I like to kayak.

LSU Lakes

This is is where I went most often, because it is convenient. Obviously it isn’t wilderness, but there are plenty of herons, egrets, and other birds to photograph. A few landscape photos turned out well.

During the summer, I would sometimes kayak here at night under the full moon.

Parking and access to University Lake is at Wampold Memorial Park. You can also access City Park Lake on the west side, just south of I-10.

Lake Martin

Lake Martin is an hour west of Baton Rouge. There are tons of birds to photograph here. Tons of alligators here too. They made me nervous, but I didn’t have any issues with them. The south end of the lake is a rookery that is off-limits from February 15 to July 31.

Parking and access is available on the northeast side of the lake where Rookery Rd and Lake Martin Rd intersect.

Tchefuncte River

An hour east of Baton Rouge, the Tchefuncte River flows through Madisonville. When I went there, I photographed hawks and ospreys for hours. I kayaked upstream from Madisonville several miles and then made my way back. You pass some buildings and a state park, but most of it is undeveloped.

There is a boat ramp just north of HWY 22 in Madisonville, on the east side of the river.

Other Spots

Two O’clock Bayou
This is in the Atchafalaya Basin. I just followed Pack & Paddle’s description.

Mississippi River
I’m not comfortable heading out into the Mississippi River on my own. However, I did paddle in the 2014 Big River Regional. Thirteen miles from downtown Baton Rouge to the L’auberge Casino.

Lake Maurepas
There is a boat launch under I-55. From there I paddled along the northern shore.

Bayou Manchac
You can paddle Bayou Manchac by launching at BREC Manchac Park by dragging your boat into the trees in the outfield of the baseball diamond. When I did it, I paddled west, out and back.



Pack & Paddle
This is a store in Lafayette. Their site has details on places to paddle. If you are interested in the Atchafalya Basin and other spots west of Baton Rouge, they have plenty of ideas.

Paddle BR
This is a group that is working to clean up some of the bayous in Baton Rouge, making them accessible to paddlers.

Big River Regional.
This is a 13-mile paddling race on the Mississippi River.

This is the store in Baton Rouge where I bought my kayak.