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Paddle Cane Bayou With The Coastal Desk This Weekend!

Travis Lux
WWNO listeners paddle down Bayou St. John in April 2017, during the Coastal Desk's very first paddle trip.

Join WWNO's Coastal Desk and Canoe & Trail Adventures for a canoe and kayak trip down Cane Bayou on the Northshore!

One of the coolest things about the Louisiana coast is the way it gradually transitions from cypress swamp into open marsh, and you'll see it firsthand on Cane Bayou. WWNO and Northshore-based outfitter Canoe & Trail Adventures are teaming up to present this this paddle tour, led by a master naturalist, who will tell us all about the plants, animals and history of this slice of Louisiana's unique coastal ecosystem.

Last year's trip sold out in advance so make sure to sign up soon!

Here are the trip details:

WHO: WWNO's Coastal Desk, you and your friends and family!

WHAT: Paddle trip! (Your choice of canoe or kayak)

WHEN: Sunday, March 24, 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Cane Bayou on the Northshore, in Mandeville — boat launch is on Hwy 190 between Fontainebleau State Park and Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge (across from the fire station)

WHY: To get outside and enjoy the spring weather, to learn about coastal ecosystems, and to support WWNO (a portion of the proceeds will be donated back to the station).

PRICING: $40 for adults, $30 for children (ages 6-12); $10 discount for those who bring their own kayak or canoe.

HOW DO YOU SIGN UP? Reserve your spot by visiting

Support for the Coastal Desk comes from the Walton Family Foundation, the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the Foundation for Louisiana, and local listeners.

As Coastal Reporter, Travis Lux covers flood protection, coastal restoration, infrastructure, the energy and seafood industries, and the environment. In this role he's reported on everything from pipeline protests in the Atchafalaya swamp, to how shrimpers cope with low prices. He had a big hand in producing the series, New Orleans: Ready Or Not?, which examined how prepared New Orleans is for a future with more extreme weather. In 2017, Travis co-produced two episodes of TriPod: New Orleans at 300 examining New Orleans' historic efforts at flood protection. One episode, NOLA vs Nature: The Other Biggest Flood in New Orleans History, was recognized with awards from the Public Radio News Directors and the New Orleans Press Club. His stories often find a wider audience on national programs, too, like NPR's Morning Edition, WBUR's Here and Now, and WHYY's The Pulse.

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