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Bayou Teche a new National Water Trail

Bayou Teche, Louisiana (January 21, 2015)—.  Bayou Teche has been added to the National Water Trails System, a first for Louisiana. Designation as a national water trail places the Teche in an elite group of rivers across the nation and will increase recreational tourism for the visitors to the fifteen communities and four parishes (St. Landry, St. Martin, Iberia, and St. Mary) the 135-mile river runs through. 

 
The National Water Trails System is a network of “exemplary water trails that are cooperatively supported and sustained.” The system was established “to protect and restore rivers, shorelines, and waterways and to increase access to outdoor recreation on shorelines and waterways.”
 
Bayou Teche has a total of thirteen established access points for paddle trips as short as seven miles and as long as 135.  It is nestled in the Bayou Teche Corridor and is part of the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area. Bayou Teche Paddle Trail was conceived by the TECHE Project, a non-profit organization. It has been fostered and supported by Tour du Teche and its participants by supporting paddling on the bayou. The TECHE Project will also be the managers of the trail working with local communities, municipalities, parish and state governments.
 
“The Teche has historic and cultural value to us, and we are happy to share it with the nation,” says Conni Castille, Executive Director of the TECHE Project. “The trail exemplifies the natural beauty of South Louisiana bayous and its people.”

To learn more about the National Water Trail System, visit http://www.nps.gov/watertrails/
 
To highlight this national designation, a floatilla is being organized. More information about the significance of this dedication and the Bayou Teche Paddle Trail can be found at www.techeproject.org

 

Season VI

Breaux Bridge – Tour du Teche, Inc., begins its sixth season of races with some significant changes including a new race in May, more opportunities for youths, and an exciting new finish line for the Ecrevisse (Crawfish) Race in October.

 

Youth paddlers may now participate in any of the TDT races, including the Tour du Teche 135. The only extra requirement for the big race is that any boat that does not have a paddler 18 or older must have a coureur des bois (CDB).

 

A coureur des bois, or bank runner, is highly encouraged but not mandatory for adult paddlers. TDT officials will ferry supplies to the various checkpoints for adult teams without a CDB.

 

Of course a parent or legal guardian must sign a waiver of liability for paddlers 17 and younger.

 

The new race, the Chitimacha, is a 20-mile "sprint" from the New Iberia City Park to the Chitimacha Nation near Charenton on Saturday, May 16. The Voyageur Race Division will start at 9 a.m. and the Pro Race Division at 11 a.m. Check www.tourduteche.com for more information. Entry fee is $50 per paddler.

 

The finish line for the Crawfish Race on the Friday of the Tour du Teche 135 will be at Poche Bridge, at a landing made available by Poche's Market and Restaurant. The broad grassy bank is kayak- and canoe-friendly, and the near proximity of a first-class Cajun restaurant will make the arrival all the more pleasant for Crawfish participants. Ditto the wait for CDBs, as Poche Bridge will also be a checkpoint for TDT 135.

 

It shortens the Crawfish Race from 34 to 30 miles. Nobody is complaining.

 

Tour du Teche veterans, both paddlers and CDBs, qualify for a 20 percent discount on fees for TDT VI if registration is received by Saturday, May 30.

 

General registration opens Monday, June 1 and closes Saturday, Sept. 12. Extended registration, with higher fees, is Sept. 14-26.

 

Tour du Teche VI includes the TDT 135, Port Barre to Berwick, 135 miles, Oct. 2-4; Ecrevisse (Crawfish), Port Barre to Poche Bridge, 30 miles, Oct. 2; Acadien (Acadian), Port Barre to St. Martinville, 49 miles, Oct. 2; Sauce Chaude (Hot Sauce), St. Martinville to New Iberia, 24 miles, Oct. 3; Sucre (Sugar), St. Martinville to Franklin, 59 miles, Oct. 3; Ours Noir (Black Bear), New Iberia to Franklin, 35 miles, Oct. 3; and the Petrole et Essense (Oil & Gas), Franklin to Berwick, 27 miles, Oct. 4.

 

Other TDT races during the year are Top of the Teche, Leonville to Arnaudville, 7.7 miles, April 18, and Petit Tour du Teche, youth races ranging from 250 yards to one mile held at Parc des Ponts de Pont Breaux in Breaux Bridge Aug. 1.

Complete

The Tour du Teche website has been updated. 

 

Some changes:

 

Classes
Age changes and rules for 17 and younger
New race
Bouree pot increase and percentage increase
Road maps for support staff

 

Just to name a few.

Under Construction

The Tour du Teche website will be under construction from December 31, 2014 - January 11, 2015  Please check back at a later date for new classes, rules, regs., and races.