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Lake Martin Paddling

Eastern Acadiana, Louisiana

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  • Paddlers can launch from a public boat ramp at Martin Lake Road and Rookery Road. Otherwise, Champagne's Cajun Swamp Tours located 500 feet south of the boat ramp rents kayaks from their docks.- Lake Martin Paddling
  • Paddling out on the still Lake Martin surface. Cypress trees line the lakeshore.- Lake Martin Paddling
  • Wildlife is abundant along Lake Martin, including these red-eared sliders sunning themselves.- Lake Martin Paddling
  • Cypress groves make a picturesque paddling environment.- Lake Martin Paddling
  • Visiting in a kayak allows navigation in the narrow groves that would not be possible with any type of larger craft.- Lake Martin Paddling
  • Turtles rest on a log beneath the blowing Spanish moss.- Lake Martin Paddling
  • Kayaks allow for the most unrestricted exploration of the swamp ecosystem in Lake Martin.- Lake Martin Paddling
  • Champagne's Cajun Swamp Tours have numerous kayaks and paddlecraft for rent from their space.- Lake Martin Paddling
  • Champagne's Cajun Swamp Tours, just south of the boat launch, offers canoes and kayaks for rent.- Lake Martin Paddling
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Beautiful swamp environment.
Cons: 
Restrictions during duck hunting season.
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Region:
Eastern Acadiana, LA
Access: 
Vehicle
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Site characteristics: Water: 
Lake
Motorized watercraft allowed: 
Yes
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
None
Portage required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Put-in location (lat, long coordinates): 
30.222671, -91.905470
Shuttle required: 
No
Take-out location (lat, long coordinates): 
30.222671, -91.905470
Total Distance: 
0.00 mi (0.00 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Typically multi-day: 
No
Water difficulty: 
Easy / Class A
Water temperature: 
60.00 °F (15.56 °C)
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Paddle Description

Paddle Description

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Lake Martin is a large freshwater environment containing open water, but of more interest to kayakers and paddlers are the cypress groves and bird rookeries in a swamp along the lake's eastern fringe.

The land surrounding Lake Martin was once used aggressively for logging. As a result, most of the cypress groves and trees on the water are younger. Though birds such as cormorants, great egrets, and herons have returned to seasonally make their nests in the treetops (the nesting area remains closed to all boaters during nesting season, though the swamp outside of the nesting area remains accessible during this time). Swamp life is teeming on the water as well, with red-eared sliders stretched on exposed logs and alligators sunning themselves if the conditions are right.

The largest appeal is getting to paddle through the picturesque cypress groves as the Spanish moss hangs from branches. As a lake popular with anglers and seasonal duck hunters, the air tends to be punctuated by the sounds of boat engines and other people on the water as well as traffic on Rookery Road; if you head deep enough into the swamp, however, it is also possible to find yourself among choruses of insect and bird calls.

Lake access to boats and paddlers is permitted only during the hours of noon to sunset during duck hunting season. There are no amenities on the lake, so plan ahead. A free public boat launch with outhouses is located at the intersection of Lake Martin Road and Rookery Road. Kayak rentals are available from Champagne's Swamp Tours (located 500 feet south of the public boat launch) for $10 per hour; you can reach them at 337.230.4068 or visit their dock at 1151 Rookery Road, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana.

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