Manchac Swamp Kayak Tour: Explore Louisiana's Wetlands
914 Ratings
New Orleans
Embark on a thrilling kayak tour through the enchanting Manchac Swamp in Louisiana. Discover the beauty of the wetlands, encounter diverse wildlife, and create unforgettable memories.
Duration: 2 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Old U.S. 51 - Experience the beautiful swamps of Southeastern Louisiana by kayak. Alligators, turtles, owls, and other wildlife are in abundance along the cypress lined banks of the Maurepas Swamp.

We are able to access shallow and narrow waterways that are impossible to reach with a motorized vessel.

What's Included
  • Paddle lesson
  • All necessary gear and equipment
  • Guide
What's Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Additional Information

Embark on an exploration of the marshes and routes of Southern Louisiana, a stone’s throw from New Orleans!

On the lookout for an enchanting, untouched, and scenic Kayak Swamp Tour? Look no further! This Tour is Tailored Just for You! Navigate through thick cypress forests, vast wetlands, and encounter a variety of wildlife in a journey that caters to novices and thrill-seekers alike!

All kayak tours come with a guide and last approximately between 2 to 2.5 hours. The total tour time is up to 3 hours, including a 45-minutes drive from New Orleans.

  • Bring swimsuit or light, layered synthetic clothing, windbreaker/fleece if cooler, change of clothes, towel, hat, sunglasses, sunglasses retainer, waterproof camera, and water
  • Minimum age is 6 years
740 N Rampart St
North Rampart Street
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

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Jun 5, 2024
Great time with a fantastic guide - We had a great time. Alex was a fantastic guide. My daughter and I ended up the only 2 on the trip with him. He was very knowledgeable and was happy to answer any questions that we had. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone.
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Jun 2, 2024
Amazing experience - My guide AJ was super helpful and knowledgeable about the ecosystem we traveled through. This trip was absolutely gorgeous, and the highlight of my visit to New Orleans. Thank you!!!
Review provided by Viator
May 28, 2024
Amazing and Peaceful - The atmosphere and the serenity it’s beautiful informative and great arm workout! The small group portion is amazing feels more intimate and peaceful
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May 25, 2024
Best way to see the bayou bar none - This was the best. I am so glad I choose kayaking over boating; more personal, quite, you really get to see the bayou and the animals in their more natural setting (sorry, no feeding gators with marshmallows as other boat tours do… absolutely terrible for the animals, btw). We saw so many critters and our guide had all of the information. Would have loved to be out on the water all day!
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May 19, 2024
Manchac marshes only good - Kayaking in the Manchac marshes was a great experience. We'll pick you up in town to take you to the marshes, meet birds, turtles and alligators 🦅🐢🐊 (Luckily from Little Specimens 🐊😅) A 2-hour stroll just for the pleasure of the eyes 👀 Our guide was charming and explained everything about the marsh fauna, a big thank you to her and the whole team 👍🏼
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May 11, 2024
Kayak tour - The tour was great. The scenery was beautiful. We got to see some alligators from afar as well as birds. Our tour guide Michelle was fantastic. She was knowledgeable and friendly and had a lot of appreciate for the swamp and its importance in the ecosystem.
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May 8, 2024
Perfect Day! - I had so much more fun on this tour than I thought I would. I went as a solo traveler and was made to feel comfortable and part of the group, which comprised of all people on a work trip together. As an avid birder and kayaker, this was the perfect excursion for me. AJ our guide was patient with my endless questions and really filled us in on the specifics of the wetlands and eco system. Definitely a must do while in NOLA if you are into nature and adventure. He even sent us all recommendations for his favorite local spots, which aren’t the normal tourist grabs. What a great day!
Review provided by Viator
May 7, 2024
Highlight of our NOLA holiday - Highlight of our NOLA trip! Kids aged 10 and 12 loved it. Felt safe the whole time, loved kayaking into the areas that bigger boats just wouldn’t make it into. Kids managed it though you do have to work harder to make up for them, if they were older/teenagers then they would maybe manage a single kayak but we went in doubles. Loved seeing the gators in their natural environment. Defo recommend!!!
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Apr 27, 2024
RELAXING, EDIFYING KAYAK TOUR IN NATURE! - If you're tired of the hustle and bustle of NOLA, take a trip to the beautiful Manchac Swamp and get your sanity back! MJ was our phenomenal driver and our brilliant kayak tour guide. She's knowledgeable about all things ecologically related to Louisiana, and she shares her knowledge generously and enthusiastically. WE LEARNED SO MUCH ON THIS TOUR! When we arrived at the swamp, MJ gave us a quick lesson on how to kayak, and we launched ourselves into the lazy waters of Manchac Swamp. (We definitely weren't white water rafting here!) We saw gators and learned about their life cycles, we saw herons and egrets and even a huge owl! We saw snakes swimming by, and we learned all about how important the bald cypress trees are to the Louisiana ecosystem. There were delicate spider lilies and invasive water hyacinths and stately water tupelo trees. MJ taught us about them all! It was a beautiful day with a cool breeze and hardly any humidity...just perfect! I am a 67 year old woman, and the paddling was easy enough for me to thoroughly enjoy it. DON'T HESITATE, GO ON THIS LOVELY, MELLOW, FASCINATING SWAMP TOUR NOW!
Review provided by Viator
Apr 24, 2024
Swamp Kayak tour and must do - I did the Manchac Swamp Wildlife Kayak Tour with MJ and she was a great knowledgeable guide who went above and beyond. I've visited NO many times and this was one of my favorite activities. I ended up going solo and my friends were sorry they missed it. MJ made me feel comfortable even though I was on my own.
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up to 12 guests
1 Adult
July 2024