Welcome to Spring Bayou!

All of Spring Bayou is worth visiting!  Paddlers may do so individually or by groups.  The Spring Bayou complex is a large area and would require considerable time to visit it all.  Through the cooperative efforts of Wilbert Carmouche and Joanie Lemieux, Avoyelles Commission of Tourism and The Spring Bayou Restoration Team,  it was decided that dividing the area in itineraries would better help you discover different aspects of it and enjoy the Bayou to its fullest.

These itineraries are 1) The Shangri-La Tour, 2) The La Bonne Vie Tour, and 3) The Rougarou Tour.  For brochures fully detailing the area and tours, email the Avoyelles Commission of Tourism at info@travelavoyelles.com for a copy.

                                                      The Shangri-La Tour (better suited for motor boats or well experienced kayakists) is so named because
                                                      Spring Bayou used to be called the Shangri-La of the South for it is a sportsman paradise. 
                                                      Gorgeous sceneries, diverse wildlife and fishing possibilities are waiting for you in this mostly open aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa          water tour.




The La Bonne Vie Tour (both motor boat and kayak accessible; height restrictions for larger boats depending on water level) is named for its French interpretation of "the good life".  Take your time and unwind as you navigate by people's cabins, stop for a picnic, and enjoy the peacefulness that only nature can offer.





The Rougarou Tour (both motor boat and kayak accessible; some locations may be narrow) is so named for the narrow waterways and older trees giving this area a shadier, more mysterious look.  If you feel a little more adventurous, this tour might just bring back to you all your grandmother's monster stories.






                                                                If you are interested in seeing videoes of the Spring Bayou touring area please click video1 and video2 .

Shangri-La Tour

Download directions for The Shangri-La Tour.
The La Bonne Vie Tour:


Download directions for The La Bonne Vie Tour

The Rougarou Tour:

Download directions for The Rougarou Tour

Restrictions:
Any person wishing to visit the Spring Bayou Wildlife Management Area for non consumption use must hold either a valid fishing or hunting llicense, or a Wild Louisiana Stamp.  Stamps are $2.00 a day (or $9.50 for an annual permit) and can be purchased online at WWW.wlf.louisiana.gov or wherever you can purchase a fishing or hunting license (including sporting good stores and WalMart).  The appropriate license is mandatory to fish or hunt.

Every visitor must also acquire a Self-Clearing Permit from a Self-Clearing Permit Station near the landing.  Additional limitations may apply in hunting seasons; please visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov for information about all restrictions.

Be Careful:
Distances, coordinates and positions on the maps are approximate.
When planning your day, keep in mind that you might have to paddle upstream at some point.
Note that water levels change throughout the year.
There are no facilities along the way.  However, some itineraries have landing where you can picnic.
Beware the cypress roots under water.  Don't go too close to the trees or to their "knees" for they could damage your boat.  Same goes with floating logs in the stream.
If you are going closer to the banks, be careful not to touch branches with your paddle, you could hit a wasp nest or disturb a sleeping snake.
For various reasons, including wildlife hazard, it is better not to swim in Spring Bayou.
Most parts of the Bayou get cellphone coverage, so calling 911 is possible in case of emergency.

Camping:
You can practice camping, either with a camper or with a tent, by the Boggy Bayou landing.  However, there are no facilities.
You are allowed to practice primitive camping close to the Point boat launch, as well as by the Granc Lac boat launch, but there are, again, no facilities.

Did you know?
All three itineraries start from the same boat launch, but it is also possible to access Spring Bayou by other landings.
The small roots emerging at the surface of the bayous are called cypress "knees".  They allow the trees to breath.  It is prohibited to cut them.
The grey moss hanging down the Cypress branches is called Spanish Moss.  Many years ago it used to be collected, dried and used as mattress filler.
You might notice packs of yellowish grass on the banks in certain areas.  This plant is commonly called blade grass, since it can cut you like a blade.
Keep an eye open for turtles, ducks, herons, egrets, alligators and more!

This area could very well become your hunting and fishing paradise!
Please visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov or read their Fishing and Hunting Regulations brochures to get all the information you need.