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Exciting Louisiana Swamp Tours Along The Atchafalaya River Valley!

The name Louisiana might bring to mind images of extravagant food, music, and celebration, but the state has much more to offer than just the otherworldly fun in New Orleans. Consider a road trip to western Louisiana to experience true Cajun country and culture. A big part of this culture is the natural beauty of the bayous and bays that house some of the most unique wildlife in the US. Think moss-draped oak trees, huge cypresses, alligators, and exotic birds, these are just a few of the sights you’ll find in Cajun country, and the only way to see it all properly is to book a Louisiana swamp tour. One great area for swamp tours ranging from guided canoe trips to Airboat tours is the Atchafalaya River Valley in between Lafayette and Baton Rouge. Picture yourself gliding effortlessly on a flat-bottomed boat, flying in an airboat, or paddling deep into the swamp water. Add a Louisiana swamp tour to your must-experience list and read on for great options for booking a tour.

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If you’re looking to jump right into the fun, Captain Caviar Swamp Tours offers a lengthy 3-hour tour of the beautiful Atchafalaya National Heritage Area every day of the week. A captain with over 40 years of experience on the water guides your tour through winding bayous and rivers on near a million acres of Wilderness Cypress forest swamps, and marshland, offering a great opportunity to see much of the swamp in this area. Captain Caviar Swamp Tours has two flat-bottomed aluminum boats in their fleet, the Cajun Jack II and the Miss S, that provide both a canopy for shade and a bathroom on board. Be sure to pack snacks and drinks, including alcoholic beverages if you are over 21, to make the ride even better. Along the way, you might learn about the Cajun Ghost Coast, including ghost and pirate stories, as well as Civil War history if you ask the Caviar Captain to share some stories. Either way, this tour is great for experiencing captivating views of the natural wilderness and wildlife in an entertaining and safe environment.

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For an authentic Cajun style tour, Cajun Man’s Swamp Tours and Adventures is perfect with live Cajun music playing and an experienced Louisiana native narrating the entire adventure. The tour takes place in the Bayou Black and Gibson area and embarks on a comfortable 49-passenger vessel with a covered roof deep into the beautiful cypress swamps and bayous. As an added bonus, your tour with Cajun Man’s Swamp Tours and Adventures will include plenty of places for great photo opts, and the occasional opportunity to feed the wildlife. Captain Billy Gaston was born and raised on the Louisiana bayous and has over 30 years of experience with alligators, which gives you the opportunity to learn about alligator hunting and the industry of raising alligators in south Louisiana. If a swamp tour is not hands-on enough for you, the tour company also offers a Charter Fishing Adventure where you can fish in all the best spots and reel in your own dinner.

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The Atchafalaya Basin is located in the heart of Louisiana and known for its sheer volume, unparalleled natural beauty, diverse wildlife and history. A great way to explore the basin is through a swamp tour with Atchafalaya Basin Landing Airboat Swamp Tours, who can take you deep into the basin on their airboats inside some of the oldest forests in the south. Airboats are one of the best ways to travel in the swamp if you can stand the noise, which is why the crew provides ear protection, so you can enjoy the ride, the sights, and the unbelievable tales of the swamp. With five different airboats, Atchafalaya Basin landing has one of the largest airboat tour fleets in south Louisiana, each equipped with canopy tops for shade and custom stadium seating for comfort and a great view. The landing features a store, where you can buy everything you might need on the tour including groceries, beverages, ice, and fishing supplies, and the infamous Turtle’s Bar to relax at after your tour. On your tour you can expect to see alligators, nutria, some of the nearly 300 species of birds, and Louisiana’s iconic cypress trees.

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Another great option for seeing the sights in the Atchafalaya Basin is touring with River Of Swamps Boat Tours. River Of Swamps is unique because it offers private tours only, including the Henderson Swamp Tour and the Bayou Benoit Swamp Tour, plus an option to plan a customized bayou boat tour where you can decide the length and the locations. The first two tours range from 1 to 3 hours, though the Henderson Tour is known to be less of a tourist attraction than the Bayou Benoit Tour, giving a more authentic experience. With a tour guide who is a veteran of the US Coast Guard and a seasoned Louisiana resident, your private tour with River Of Swamps will give you an experience unlike many of the other tours with opportunities to experience breathtaking views and local culture, check and bait crawfish traps and fishing nets just like the commercial fisherman, and get out of the boat to walk through a cypress forest during the dry season.

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Sometimes a wide array of options for fun is the best feature a tour company can provide, which is why McGee’s Louisiana Swamp & Airboat Tours is perfect for getting your Louisiana swamp tour fix. McGee’s offers a little bit of everything from simple swamp tours to exhilarating airboat rides. If you’re in the mood for a comfortable and relaxing ride through the Atchafalaya Basin, then their regular 90-minute tours on the swamp tour boats offer a serene and educational nature ride. The 90-minute airboat ride, on the other hand, will be exciting as you fly through the water into some of the deeper parts of the swamp. Maybe you want to appreciate the beauty of the basin at your own pace, if so McGee’s is the only location in the Atchafalaya Swamp to rent canoes and offer unguided and guided paddling trips and guided photography workshops. McGee’s Louisiana Swamp & Airboat Tours is a great place to book a tour if you’re traveling with a big group with diverse wants.

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Maeve Miller

Writer , River Travel Magazine