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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Canoe tours of bayou offered

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  • Chemin-A-Haut State Park Manager Russ Brantley is giving residences a chance to see a glimpse of Morehouse Parish via canoes.
    Boating on the Bayou will start at Chemin-A-Haut State Park Sept. 28 with two guided paddle tours.The tours will have about 30 people per tour. The first tour will meet at the boat launch on Big Slough Lake at 8 a.m. and from there travel down to the old landing on Chemin-A-Haut Creek where participants will put in and go up the creek to the big hollow cypress tree nicknamed "the Castle Tree" which is one of the oldest living trees in the state. They will then come back down the creek and enter into Bayou Bartholomew and will proceed downstream around the Ben Lilly Conservation area and will disembark at the old Bell's Landing.
    The second tour will meet later that day at 1 p.m. at the boat launch on Big Slough Lake and will follow the same route.
    The park has enough rental equipment to handle 15 people, this will include canoe or kayak and paddle and life jacket. Visitors can pay to rent a single person kayak or a two person canoe. Cost for rental of equipment will be approximately $15 plus two dollars for the park entry fee. Persons with their own canoe or kayak would only pay the two dollars per person park entry fee.
    "If they have their own kayak or canoe they just need to let us know," Brantley said. "Anyone bringing their own kayak or canoe must bring their own life jackets. Everyone has to have on a life jacket."
    The first float which begins in the morning is already full. The afternoon float will begin at 1 p.m. and is expected to end around 4 p.m. Those wishing to participate must reserve a spot by calling the park office at 283.0812. There is limited space available. Children must be eight years and older to participate.
    There is also another tour day scheduled tentatively for Oct. 19 at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. pending the weather.
    "This ride will be especially great because of the fall color," Brantley said. "I'd encourage anyone who hasn't gone on one of these to come out and experience it for themselves."
    Private tours with a minimum of 10 people can also be arranged by contacting Brantley.
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