This 9.5 mile section of the Bayou Vermilion Paddle trail will treat you to a windy path through the trees on your way from the Nature Station to Vermilionville. Both ends of this section feature beautiful kayak launches that make it easy to get in and out of your paddle craft. Along the way you will pass the intersections of the Ruth Canal (which provides a side trip to Lake Martin) as well as Bayou Tortue (providing a side trip to Lake Charlo).
Conditions to consider:
This section is great in almost any weather conditions. It’s windy nature keeps you from paddling into a headwind for more than a bend or two at a time. High water will provide a downstream flow that will make your trip easy.
To reach Lafayette Nature Station: (North end of the route)
On your smartphone or computer, use the search term: Acadiana Park Nature Station 1205 East Alexander Street Lafayette, LA 70501
The launch is next to the nature station.
To reach Vermilionville: (South end of the route)
On your smartphone or computer, use the search term: Lafayette Parish Bayou Vermilion District
The launch is at on the river.
Launching is free at both places.
For more information about launch sites on the river, follow this link to the Bayou Vermilion District’s Website.