Making the Most of the Coast

Making the Most of the Coast

Ah, Summer, and the Livin’ Is Easy. 
Being on the water, whether on a peaceful inlet bayou or the deep blue seas of the Gulf, is a perennial summer pastime. With the sunlight reflecting off the water, the cares of normal 9-to-5 living slip into the rhythm of the lapping waves.

And, it only makes sense that water sports would play into the mandatory right of being on the water during the summer. Swimming, water skiing, kayaking, canoeing, boating, and fishing are the most common water activities, but swamp tours, birding, and even trips to the wildlife areas, only accessible by boat are also popular. Check out the activities section for options.

There are 27 public boat launches in which to set out into the Atchafalaya Basin or the navigable criss-cross of waterways taking you through brackish bayous and marsh into the Gulf of Mexico. That should tell you something about our relationship with water on the Cajun Coast. That easy, slip-into-summer mindset, is a way of life on the coast. It’s no wonder the people are so friendly.

Of course, not all that water activity is slow-paced, quiet idling time. Summer holds a speed-racing event that could literally blow someone out the water! The Morgan City Volunteer Fire Department will host The Battle on the Basin, Drag Boat Races by the Deep South Racing Association on June 24-25 at Russo’s Boat Landing in Morgan City. It is a fun, family-friendly event with food and drink booths and plenty of excitement, with boats exceeding 100 miles per hour! Get more info.

Even if you don’t plan on going that fast, there is still plenty of excitement on the water during the summer. Pulling in a swordfish or giant tuna, even huge snappers, speckled trout or redfish makes your day, if not your muscles happy! If you didn’t haul your own craft, there are boats for rent, some complete with charter captains, like Blu Rebel Charters. You can even stay on the water, if you are so inclined. Not only do many of the parks and campgrounds have cabins or sites right on the water, several with their own boat launches, but also you can even rent a house boat!  Check out the fishing page for more specifics.

The coast is calling you with a summer siren song – Come visit the Cajun Coast.