Louisiana paddling trails allow you to experience Louisiana’s rich cultural heritage and unique environments. The state is a remarkable region to explore from the water. Paddlers can find their adventure in the cypress lined banks of Bayou Teche in Cajun country or in the swamp canals of Barataria Preserve at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. For a different urban experience, canoe or kayak the calm waters of Bayou St. John and enjoy the scenery right inside the city of New Orleans. Coastal Louisiana teems with wildlife, and paddlers may see alligators, nutria, and a variety of birds from the pink roseate spoonbill to the brown pelican. The Louisiana Office of Tourism and Office of the Lt. Governor maintain an excellent inventory of paddle trails throughout the state. So, find a kayak, canoe, or pirogue (flat-bottomed canoes used throughout south Louisiana) and explore the waterways of Louisiana. Check out the Louisiana state paddling website for more information.