Chemin-A-Haut State Park has scheduled its next guided tour of Bayou Bartholomew and its tributary Chemin-A-Haut Creek. The trip will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19 with the first float group departing at 9 a.m. and returning at noon. The next float will depart at 1 p.m. and return at 4 p.m.
The trip begins at the parking area at the boat launch. Participants are then taken on a 20 minute tour of the park that includes the drop off point on Chemin-A-Haut Creek. From there they travel upstream approximately ½ mile to visit “The Castle,” an ancient Bald Cypress tree that is over 500 years old. It’s hollow and so large, someone can paddle up inside of the tree. From there they paddle downstream and exit into Bayou Bartholomew. Traveling approximately four miles to exit the Bayou near the parked vehicles. “The entire float will take no more than three hours to complete and is a wonderful introduction to paddling for children and “first timers,” Chemin-A-Haut State Park Manager Russ Brantley said. For more information and to reserve your kayak or canoe, call the park at 283.0812. The price is $17 per person and that includes the entrance fee and rental. The park has a limited number of boats and they go fast. People are welcome to bring there own and join them. “We are looking forward to seeing you!” Brantley said.