I read somewhere that the area of Blind River below Airline Highway was a good place to paddle. I'll have to see if I can find where I read that, because they were right and I thoroughly enjoyed my outing last weekend.
The put-in location is the St. James Boat Club on Airline Hwy in St. James parish. There is no fee, but there is a kiosk to fill out a Wildlife Management Area check-in card since you're entering the Maurepas WMA here. You have to have a valid hunting, fishing, or LA Wild license to enter.
It's on Airline Highway in St. James Parish. If you look on the map you can see that it's in a very rural area. The middle of a wildlife management area, actually. There is nothing else around...which makes it very easy to find.
The boat club has 2 concrete boat launches, a large parking area, a rec building and a park.
More Tri-colored Herons than you could shake a stick at. And they let me get so close!
|Family of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks|
Passing under the bridges was probably the most treacherous part, what with the dive-bombing Barn Swallows that were nesting under the bridge...
These were the only other two boats I saw...and they must have come from the canals to the south, because there is no way they passed under the railroad bridge.
A natural totem pole
The nice things about this location...for the most part, it's away from population so after you get away from the launch, and the pile driver, it's fairly tranquil. However, once you do return to civilization, it's nice to find a decent bathroom available.