There are many reasons to go to Louisiana. First and foremost is the unparalleled fishing opportunities presented by the nutrient-rich waters of the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico which basically envelopes the entire state. But apart from the fishing adventures, Louisiana is also known for the numerous outdoor recreational activities which tourists can enjoy while visiting the state. One such activity is the tour of the swamplands of Louisiana. More popularly known as the Cajun country swamp tour, this activity is preferred by tourists who have this insatiable hunger for nature and the wildlife.
The Cajun swamp tour site is the Cypress Island and the Lake Martin Swamp both of which boast of a scenic natural charm that is teeming with the most exciting wildlife that any visitor could ever imagine to see. While traversing the swamplands, you’ll encounter a good number of alligators, egrets, and herons. While the quiet bayous could send a somewhat eerie feeling that brings chill to your spine, the magnificent sight of the ancient Cypress trees that are covered with moss is an experience that is worth remembering.
The swamp tours usually last for two hours. The first order of the trip is a visit to the breeding place of the wading birds. This is a spectacular sight to see. Thousands of pairs of wading birds converge in the Lake Martin Swamp for their long nesting period. This will give you an insight of the rich wildlife the swamps offer. Aside from the wading birds, alligators feeding on the wading birds provide an interesting sight. Some of the wading birds include spoonbills, white ibis, cattle egrets, herons, wood ducks and many other bird species.
Then tour will then proceed towards the interior of the Lake Martin Swamp where ancient cypress trees covered by moss surround the crystal clear waters of the lake. The nature’s secrets of how this natural lake came into existence will be narrated by your tour guide as you sail along the lake. Century old cypress trees which were protected from logging activities of the lumber barons of the 1900s are still in abundance. For many, Louisiana tourism offers endless opportunities – from fishing to the various outdoor activities.
The Cajun swamp tour uses boats that can accommodate 20 or more adults and is manned by well trained and experienced fishermen who are very much familiar with the swamp. Although the boats can carry 20 or more people, tour operators prefer small groups so that each one can be attended to personally to ensure that they get their money’s worth, which is pure enjoyment and fun. The boat is powered by a quiet and efficient outboard motor that will not be a nuisance to your great and exciting wildlife viewing. The swamp tour guides’ personal experiences and observations of the Louisiana swamps can give you a deep perception of the swamplands that is memorable, entertaining and also educational. The swamp tour is just one of the many ways to know Louisiana, its history and culture and the people.