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Bayou Teche Paddle Trail

Bayou Têche Paddle Trail is a 135 long paddle trail through 4 parishes and 13 towns along the most historically and culturally significant bayou in Louisiana. Named by the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana.


Length: 135.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: National Water Trails System
Agency: Nonprofit
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Boating, Motorized
Boating, non-motorized: Canoeing
Boating, non-motorized: Kayaking
Boating, non-motorized: Rafting
Boating, non-motorized: Sailing
Heritage and History
Wildlife Observation

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Location: St. Landry, St. Martin, Iberia and St. Mary Parishes. BTPT begins in Port Barre, LA at Bayou Courtableau and runs 135 to Berwick, LA.
State(s): Louisiana
Counties: Iberia Parish, St. Landry Parish, St. Martin Parish, St. Mary Parish

Driving Directions

Access points include Port Barre, Arnaudville, Cecilia, Breaux Bridge, Parks, St. Martinville, Loreauville, New Iberia, Franklin, Patterson & Berwick.


The Bayou Têche watershed is a small watershed within the Mississippi River Basin, draining approximately 58,500 acres of natural, agriculture and urban lands into Vermilion Bay. Bayou Têche runs 136 miles from Port Barre to Bernwick through St. Landry, St. Martin, Iberia and St. Mary parishes and is easily accessed from several state highways and Interstate 10. The water trail flows through the towns of Port Barre, Arnaudville, Breaux Bridge, Parks, St. Martinville, Loureauville, New Iberia, Jeanerette, Charenton (Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana lands), Baldwin, Franklin, Patterson, Berwick and small villages in between. Each town has a standard motorboat launch and many are being equipped with floating docks specifically designed for kayaks and canoes. Primitive camping is available.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Not Available
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Document: Bayou Teche Paddle Trail Planning Document

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Public Contact:
Conni Castille
Executive Director
TECHE Project
, LA
(337) 323-9228








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