What better way to explore the outdoors than from the glistening waters of Louisiana? Discover our lakes and bayous by launching your boats on one of our many boat launches or discover paddle trails throughout the parish.
Bayou Dorcheat Trail
The marked paddle trail on Bayou Dorcheat is located between Dixie Inn and Doyline, Louisiana. The trail runs 6-miles and is a beautiful escape from the city. When the water is low enough, you’ll come across several sand bars to pull over, rest and perhaps enjoy your packed lunch. This paddle can last 2-3 hours depending on your pace and the bayou’s current. To check water levels on Bayou Dorcheat prior to your trip, click here: Bayou Dorcheat Hydrograph
Lake Bistineau Trail
The Lake Bistineau Trail can be accessed from Lake Bistineau State Park. The trail is a 5-mile loop featuring signage and directional arrows to help you navigate the waters with ease. You’ll reach the half way point at Plum Orchard pier, where you can take a rest. Depending on your pace, this paddle can last 2.5 to 3.5 hours. Lake Bistineau water levels are subject to the opening and closing of drawdown gates. To check water levels on Lake Bistineau prior to your trip, click here: Lake Bistineau Hydrograph or check out the Lake Bistineau News Facebook group.
Lake Bistineau State Park also offers boat rentals. See full listing for more details.
Caney Lakes Recreation Area
Upper and Lower Caney Lakes are great places to practice your paddle skill and technique. There are no trail signs on Caney Lakes, however there are several access points to the water so that you can explore and relax for awhile. Caney is a great place for novice paddlers. Entry to the park is $5 per vehicle, cash only.
The Webster Parish Paddle Trail is a collaboration between Webster Parish Convention & Visitors Commission and the Bayou Chapter of the Ozark Society (BCOS). For more information on paddles hosted by BCOS follow the link below.