Canoe & Kayak Launches

The Bayou Vermilion District operates and maintains four Canoe & Kayak Launches in Lafayette that will be part of the Lafayette Parish Paddle Trail. The Paddle Trail will connect other parish trails to Lafayette and surrounding areas. The launches can accommodate two paddle vessels at a time and aid in an easy send-off or docking station.   

Nature Station - 1205 East Alexander Street

The Nature Station Canoe & Kayak Launch is located in the park and is operated in conjunction with the Acadiana Park Nature Station. Access to this launch needs to be secured in advance by calling 337. 291.8448. 

Vermilionville - 300 Fisher Road

The Vermilionville Canoe & Kayak launch is located at 300 Fisher Road on the ground of the Living History Museum and Folklife Park. Access to this Canoe & Kayak Launch is limited to Monday – Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. While the launch remains operational, the parking lot is closed off to the public during this time. 

Camellia Bridge - Bellaire Road

The Camellia Bridge Canoe & Kayak Launch is located on Bellaire Road and is accessible between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. There are parking and street lights for your safety. This is the perfect starting point on the Southside of Lafayette for a paddle up or downstream. 

Southside Park - Robley Drive

The Southside Park Canoe & Kayak Launch is located off of East Broussard Road next to the Shell and Limestone Plant. While the park is closed overnight, the Canoe & Kayak Launch is accessible by water 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Southside Park also serves as the last public Canoe & Kayak Launch in Lafayette Parish.