Links and Other Information

If you have a favorite paddling link that is not listed here, please send it to me and I'll probably add it -

Clubs and Organizations
American Canoe Association

The ACA Serves the Nation's Paddlers by Helping Ensure Safe, Enjoyable, and Quality Recreation Opportunities on America's Waterways.

Atchafalaya National Heritage Area

A model of authenticity in heritage development and ecotourism, a truly fascinating and “foreign” place here in the middle of the U.S. culture.  The area manages to be authentic and real, while offering outstanding amenities for residents and visitors who seek a relaxed but active break from the everyday.

Bayou Coast Kayak Fishing Club (BCKFC) A recreational organization of kayak fishermen in Coastal Louisiana and Mississippi.

Houston Canoe Club The Houston Canoe Club has members interested in all types of paddlesport.
Lafayette Paddle Club Lafayette Paddle Club is a diverse group of paddlesports enthusiasts.
Louisiana Hiking Club Meeting the needs of Louisiana backpackers and hikers.
Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation A membership-based citizens' organization - the public's independent voice dedicated to restoring and preserving the Lake Pontchartrain Basin. They offer monthly paddling trips.

Leave No Trace, Inc.

A nationwide program designed to assist visitors with their decisions when they travel and camp on America's public lands. Leave No Trace is best understood as an educational and ethical program, not as a set of rules and regulations.

Mobile Bay Canoe and Kayak Club

Sierra Club - Delta Chapter Advancing the cause of protecting Louisiana's environment in a variety of ways; and working to keep the Atchafalaya Basin, America's greatest river swamp, wet and wild.

University of Sea Kayaking

An informational resource about sea kayaking. Their Library section has great information.

West Florida Canoe & Kayak Club

Located in the Florida panhandle - paddling Florida's great northwest.

River and Water Information
NODC Coastal Water Temperature Guide National Oceanographic Data Center - current and average water temperatures for coastal waters in the U.S.

NOAA River Stage Forecast

5 day forecast of river levels in the Lower Mississippi River region. Includes rivers in Louisiana, Mississippi, parts of Arkansas, Tennessee and Missouri.


USGS Water Watch

Maps and graphs of current water resources conditions - see link below for how to use this information

Hank Baltar
Learn Kayak Fun
As an ACA Level 4 - Open Water Kayaking Instructor, Hank teaches strokes and rescues for all skill levels: beginner to rough water/kayak surfing. Group or private lessons are tailored to the skill level of the students. Rolling classes available too! Call for info: 228-223-3164 (no txt this phone - please leave a message if no answer). PS - Hank is a BHPC member!
Canoe and Trail Adventures Outdoor skills classes - paddling, backpacking, map and compass.
Sites of Interest
Animated Knots by Grog A great site for information about tying all kinds of knots. Animated graphics make it easy to visualize how to do it. Thanks to Hoyt for finding the site!!
Louisiana Boat Launch Locator Louisiana state database of boat launches.

Good online resource for information on canoeing and kayaking.


Scott Williams' boat pages. A lot of info on paddling in the south: Books-Articles-Design-Building-Voyages

Also, check out the
Printed Materials for Information About Where to Go Paddling

The greater New Orleans area offers a wide variety of paddling environments. There are rivers, lakes, and swamps from which to choose. We recommend the following for information about where to go paddling:

  • Canoeing Louisiana and Canoeing Mississippi by Ernest Herndon
  • Canoeing in Louisiana by Dr. & Mrs. Richard Williams (For more information contact: Lafayette Natural History Museum, 637 Girard Park Drive, Lafayette, LA 70501 337-291-5544)
  • Canoe Trails of the Deep South by Chuck Estes, Elizabeth F. Carter and Byron Almquist.
  • Trail Guide to the Delta Country by the New Orleans Group of the Sierra Club (This one includes backpacking, hiking, and bicycling trips also.) NOTE: This book is out of print but they are trying to update it.