• Bearded Paddler
  • Keystone Portage
  • Multi Paddlers
  • Masked Paddlers
  • Andre & Team
  • Kids Trophies
  • Kids Paddling
  • Dennis Wise
  • Female Paddler
  • Grissom
  • Randy
  • Andre & The Brothers
  • Hand off
  • Phil 2
  • Girls on Bridge
  • Gerry
  • Phil
  • Trailer
  • Tave & Gareth

Spring Races

Tour du Teche, Inc., will hold two one-day races for kayaks, canoes, pirogues, and SUPs this spring, one in April and one in May.

 

Saturday, April 18, is the 7.7 mile Top of the Teche from Leonville’s public boat ramp to Myran’s Maison de Manger in Arnaudville. The event benefits the work of the Arnaudville Chamber of Commerce and the Leonville Volunteer Fire Department. Entry is $40 per person. This will be the third annual running of that race.

 

Saturday, May 16, will be the first Chitimacha Race, 20 miles from New Iberia’s City Park to the public boat ramp in the Chitimacha Nation near Charenton. Entry is $50 per person.
The photo shows members of the Chitimacha Nation steady a paddler in Tour du Teche, the 135-mile ultra marathon down the entire length of Bayou Teche. Each year the tribe hosts a deluxe checkpoint on their reservation near Charenton, cooking hot dogs and padding the concrete ramp with discarded carpet from Cypress Bayou Casino.

 

Registration for the two spring races opens Monday, March 2, and closes day of the race. The schedule page at www.tourduteche.com has race times.

 

Registration fees include a performance shirt for each registered paddler and one registered coureur de bois per boat. Coureurs de bois, or bank runners, do not pay a fee.

 

For teams that do not have a coureur de bois, crew shuttles are available at no cost for teams that register at least two weeks in advance of the race and who notify TDT of their need for a shuttle at that time. Boats cannot be shuttled by TDT.

 

Tour du Teche VI, the 135-mile staged race from Port Barre to Berwick with one-day side races, will be Oct. 2-4.

 

For more information, visit www.tourduteche.com, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (337) 394-6232 and ask for Ken.

 

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Tour du Teche Announces Two New Races

Tour du Teche has added two ultra-distance races to their lineup.  Tour de la Riviere Rouge 275 and 410 de Louisiane will begin in Shreveport, LA on September 27, 2015.  Rules, regs, and prizes to be posted in the next couple of weeks.  Please check back for more information.

 

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Top 25 Ultra-Distance Paddle Races in North America

Tour du Teche was named #16 by Rod Price Adventure.  Click on the link for the full article. 

 

Top 25 Ultra-Distance Paddle Races in North America

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