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Swamp Tours in Louisiana’s Honey Island Swamp!

The state of Louisiana is famed for more than its gumbo soup and jazz music. Pearl River is a town located in east Louisiana with the nickname ‘Home of the Honey Island Swamp.’ The Honey Island Swamp is 108 square miles in size and possesses a variety of flora and fauna including alligators, azaleas, and turtles. It has been described as the state’s own Grand Canyon. One of the best ways to experience the history of Louisiana’s exquisite swamps is to hop on one of the many guided tours that will allow you to soak in the beauty of the Honey Island Swamp and experience its life up-close.

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Pearl River Eco-Tours provides educational eco-adventures into the Honey Island Swamp that prides in offering tours with a variety of boat sizes ranging from six to twenty-six passenger boats. Their tours are able to bring customers into smaller spaces between shallow bayous and narrow sloughs. During the tours, you would be guided by knowledgeable native naturalist guides who will explain the area’s history, wildlife, and ecology.

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Dr. Wagner’s Honey Island Swamp Tours has been providing unique and interpretive boat tours since 1982. Equipped with mostly small boats both covered and uncovered, they provide narrated natural history tours through Louisiana’s pristine Cypress swamp. One of their unique selling points is that they promote Honey Island Swamp as one of the swamps where you can spot the real or imagined presence of a creature that is known as Big Foot, or as Dr. Wagner calls it, the Wookie.

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Honey Island Kayak Tours offers relaxing and engaging kayak tours through the historic waterways of the Honey Island Swamp. A locally owned family business, they also offer customized tours based on the customer’s unique taste and interest regardless if they are looking to learn more about the eco-system, local wildlife, the 400-year-old Cypress trees, or even just a simple kayaking adventure through this diverse and undisturbed swamp. 


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Writer , River Travel Magazine