Kayaks and Gear

We are following all city, state and CDC safety recommendations and have registered with the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshall.

Once you’ve booked an activity, this is what you can expect from us and what you should bring to the tour.

(When you book, you will receive an email confirming your reservation loaded with info about how to prepare, how to get there, and a waiver link.)

Our boats…

Your size determines what kayak you will paddle.

Upon booking, you will be given the opportunity to state your preference between single and tandem kayaks.  We’ll do our best to accommodate you, but it will be based on need (e.g. children in a tandem), then first-come-first-served.

We use Tennessee-made Jackson Kayaks: the Tupelo, Ibis, and Regal.  See below.  They are all single sit-inside, stable kayaks. You can expect to stay mostly dry.  Size limitations: 6’7”, 260lbs.  

Our tandem kayaks (two-seaters) are made by Wilderness Systems in the USA.  We use the Pamlico 135t.  Size limitations: 400lbs total between 2 people.

Our paddles are Bending Branches Whispers.

We provide Onyx PFDs (life jackets) and dry bags for all paddlers.

We proudly purchase our kayaks locally from Massey’s Outfitters!!

 

How should you prepare?

Please wear a face mask to protect yourself and our team from Covid-19.

Warm season: light-colored loose-fitting clothes, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, and water. A snack is necessary for the Pontchartrain Paddle. If your paddle is longer than two hours, bring at least a liter of water. Southern heat ain’t no joke!

Cool season: layers of mobile clothes, gloves, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, and water. A snack is necessary for the Pontchartrain Paddle. FYI, it gets cooler than 70 degrees down here! We can have highs in the low 50s. Check the weather before you pack.

Extra stuff: Some folks may enjoy taking a pair of binoculars along; we’ve got some good looking birds down here! Light gloves will help protect your hands from blisters.

Jackson Ibis

Jackson Tupelo 12.5

 

Jackson Regal

Wilderness Systems Pamlico 135t

Covid-19 Precautions We’re Taking

  • We maintain a distance of at least six feet.
  • Equipment is sanitized before each use.
  • Staff and guests must wear face masks while on the banks of the bayou or within ten feet on the water.
  • All financial and legal transactions are made digitally to minimize contact.
  • Hand sanitizer is available to staff and guests.
  • Groups will not exceed ten paddlers, including the guide.