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Bayou Lacombe in Louisiana

Trip Overview

I intended to put in at the new launching area about 1/2 a mile from the Lake, but the water was over Lake Road and I didn't want to get my car stranded if it continued to rise, so I put in at the launch under the bridge by Eleanor Drive.

The first part of my trip was down a man-made canal with camps on both sides. Once I got into Bayou Lacombe, there was marsh on both sides. There was some wind, but little current. I admired the pink and white flowers blooming in the marsh. There were a few small tributaries I could have explored, but I was anxious to get to the Lake and see how the boat felt in the chop.

Once I reached the Lake, I turned west and paddled along the shore about 3/4 mile. The shore is a mix of grass beds and small beaches.

My round trip was about 7 miles.

Accommodations:

At Elenore Drive put-in, room for 2 or 3 cars, no ramp. at the new launch ramp, a large gravel lot and paved ramp.

Fees:

No Fees

Directions:

Highway 434 (exit 74 from I-12) south to Lacombe, then jog west on Hwy 190, continue south on Hwy 434 (Lake Road). when you get to Elenore Drive, cross the bridge and take an immediate right to the first put-in, or continue south on Lake Road about another mile to the new launching area.
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water
  • Group Rates: No

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