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Between all the urban chaos in our cities and large gatherings being cancelled all around us, right now is the perfect time to #geauxoutthere and enjoy some fresh air. Here are 5 of my favorite city escapes in South Louisiana for a last minute weekend or day trip to enjoy the outdoors.

If you want to hit the water be sure to check out our awesome kayak rental fleet with the latest Hobie Fishing Kayaks. Our staff can help get you loaded up with great instruction on how to enjoy your weekend getaway.

If you have questions about planning your adventure let me know, I would love help.  

Michael Mathews, Chief Adventure Officer

MichaelM@SkiBackpacker.com

CHANDELEUR ISLANDER LODGE
Activities: Boating, Kayaking, Fishing, Sightseeing

Each year I try to make a few trips out to the Chandeleur Islands to take advantage of the vast fishery. It wasn't until last year that I discovered the Chandeleur Islander. Hosts Erin & Ron Hellyer welcomed my crew of 4 adults & two kids with such hospitality & great food, I have been anxious to return for an over-nighter with them ever since.

The islander is located within the protection of the New Harbor Islands of Chandeleur, roughly a 1 hour boat ride from the gulf coast. This lodge is a jack-up style oil rig that has been retrofitted with 4 six person, air conditioned bunk rooms for you & your crew. Included in your stay is 3 meals a day and beverages (including alcohol).  

The best part about the Islander is that you don't need a boat to visit. The Hellyers will meet you in Pass Christian, MS and take you out to Chandeleur for your stay where you have access to their shallow water skiffs so that you can explore the Chandeleurs at your leisure during your stay. I encourage you to reach out to them and plan your next trip to the Islander!

Erin Hellyer 985-640-1230

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CALMWATER KAYAKER, Capt Danny Wray
Activities: Kayaking, Fishing, Sightseeing

My good friend Capt Danny pioneered the kayak fishing revolution in Grand Isle when he began his guide service in 2007. As a Grand Isle resident he knows the shallow waters around Grand Isle better than anyone and knows just how to put you on the redfish for one of his famous "cajun sleigh rides."

D is also the founder of Ride the Bull, the world's largest kayak fishing rodeo. If you want to catch fish from a kayak in South Louisiana call Captain Danny today!

225-721-8182

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Camping out on sandbars with my family along Black Creek is something I will always remember. This is a great way to get socially distant within a short drive. The local outfitter, Black Creek Canoe Rental, will take you up river and drop you off with your canoe & your gear so that you can enjoy the river at your leisure. You have the choice of making it a day trip or an over-nighter. The moving water makes it an easy recreational paddle.  

Indian Creek Recreation Area & Reservoir
Activities: Camping, Hiking, Wildlife, Freshwater Fishing, Boating

This is one of my favorite Louisiana camping destinations. Located just south of Alexandria off of I-49, Indian Creek’s hilly terrain offers great views of the lake from the many peninsulas that make up the vast shoreline & primitive camping areas.

There is great fishing & hiking as well. While Indian Creek offers designated camp grounds and RV hookups, my favorite way to enjoy the area is to head out to the primitive camping areas and choose a nice shoreline to set up camp for a night or two away. There is also a public boat launch available for motorized boats.

Grand Isle State Park
Activities: Camping, Beaching, Saltwater Fishing, Kayaking, Boating

Head down for a night or two in the Cajun Bahamas and take advantage of the spring fishing along the beaches & marshes. The state park has cabins, tent camping, & RV hookups making any overnight stay easy.

Be sure to call in advance for reservations.

Lake Fausse Pointe State Park
Activities: Camping, Hiking, Wildlife, Freshwater Fishing, Boating

This hidden gem in the Atchafalaya Basin offers great public access to canoe rentals & hiking on the 6,000 acre park grounds. Expect to find great freshwater fishing & the westward view over the lake offers scenic sunsets.

Cabin rentals & camping are available, be sure to call in advance for reservations.

Pointe Aux Chenes Kayak Rentals & Kayak Fishing Marina
Activities: Kayak Fishing, Saltwater Fishing

This fantastic kayak fishing haven is located deep in Terrebonne Parish and offers some of the greatest inshore saltwater fishing available. PAC Kayak Rentals offers premium fishing kayaks on site and will also take you out to the fishing grounds via mothership for an additional fee.

Contact them now to schedule your getaway!

Clark Creek Nature Area AKA Tunica Falls
Activities: Hiking, Wildlife

Clark Creek offers fantastic hiking that descends nearly 200 feet over the course of the trail that intersects waterfalls along route. It’s the closest thing to mountain hiking south Louisiana has to offer. If you are looking for a worthwhile day trip, you’ll want to mark this adventure to Tunica high on your to-do list!