Vermilion Voyage
March 22-25, 2018

Lafayette Travel and the Bayou Vermilion District have partnered to create the Vermilion Voyage, a three day overnight paddle down the Bayou Vermilion launching from the Acadiana Park Nature Station to Palmetto Island State Park. Fifty (50) participants will have the rare opportunity to consecutively paddle just over 50 miles of the Vermilion through Lafayette and Vermilion Parishes.

Registration for the event is $300 and includes paddle craft, life jacket, guide, shuttle service, insurance costs, breakfast, lunch and dinner with some beverages as well as evening entertainment. Participants are encouraged to bring their own water, snacks and other essentials they may need for the trip. A check list of suggested supplies will be made available closer to the event date.



DAY 1 – Nature Station to Southside Park | 21.52 miles

The event will launch from the Acadiana Park Nature Station on Thursday, March 22. Participants will park their cars at Vermilionville at 7 a.m. and will be transported in groups by shuttle to the Nature Station. Paddlers will launch from the Nature Station around 8 a.m. and will stop for lunch at Vermilionville. There will also be an opportunity for a brief guided tour of the village and watershed exhibit. Overnight will be at Southside Park where primitive camping will be available with access to electricity, bathrooms and water. There will be an outdoor movie screening as well as dinner.
 



Day 2 – Southside Park to Richards Sales Barn | 17.38 miles


The second day will start with a grab and go breakfast launching from Southside Park at 8 a.m. Paddlers will break for lunch around the mid-way point where we also take an extended break to explore. Overnight will be at the Richard’s Sale Barn where primitive camping will be made available with minimal access to electricity. There will be live music in a historic cattle auction barn as well as dinner.
 



Day 3 – Richard’s Sales Barn to Palmetto Island State Park | 11.68 miles
 


The third day will start with a grab and go breakfast launching from Richard’s Sale Barn at 8 a.m. Paddlers will break for lunch around the mid-way point where we also take an extended break to explore. Overnight will be at Palmetto Island State Park where cabins will be made available on a first come first serve basis based on registration. Primitive camping will also be made available with access to electricity, bathrooms and water. There will be live music as well as dinner. There will also be an optional midnight paddle through Palmetto’s canoe trail.
 



Day 4 – Return to Bayou Vermilion District


Paddlers will be picked up on the fourth day at Palmetto Island and transported back to their car at Vermilionville along with their gear. Paddlers wishing to leave Saturday night must make arrangements on their own.

For more information or to register by phone, please contact Jesse Guidry at jesse@lafayettetravel.com or call (337) 769.3816 or Greg Guidroz at environmental@bayouvermiliondistrict.org or call (337) 233.4077 x. 215.

FAQs

What if I register as a single person?

All individuals who register as one person will be paired with another individual to fill the two person canoe. If this is an issue that will prevent you from registering we ask that you please contact the organizers so we can assist.

Can I bring my own craft on the voyage?

Your registration fee covers the cost of your canoe. While we understand that people will want to use their own crafts, we only have so much space on the trailer to transport the crafts back from Palmetto Island at the end of teh trip. We may open up the option for bringing your own crafts once the event sells out, but you would be required to arrange transportation of your craft from Palmetto Isalnd back to Vermilionville after the trip. To discuss further please contact Jesse Guidry at jesse@lafayettetravel.com or calling (337) 769-3816.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Yes, all attendees MUST be 18+ years of age or older. If the attendee is under 18 years of age they MUST be accompanied by a parent of guardian.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

All cars will be parked for the duration of the trip in the Vermilionville parking lot, which is locked overnight. Transportation will be provided to the starting point as well as back to Vermilionville after the trip.

What can I bring into the event?

You will receive a full list of required and suggested supplies closer to the event once you register.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

For more information or to register by phone, please contact Jesse Guidry at jesse@lafayettetravel.com or call (337) 769.3816 or Greg Guidroz at environmental@bayouvermiliondistrict.org or call (337) 233.4077 x. 215.

What's the refund policy?

Refunds are allowable up to 30 days before the event. Within the 30 day period before the event no refunds will be issued.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No you do not need a printed ticket. All you need is your ID for check-in.

 

Bayou Vermilion Excursion Group

BAYOU VERMILION FESTIVAL

The Bayou Vermilion Festival kicks off at Vermilionville. Activities include free yoga, face painting for adults and children alike, a bubbles station, live music, and much more! 

BAYOU VERMILION BOAT PARADE

If you're an early bird and would like some more time on the water, there's also a pre-paddle starting at the Acadiana Park Nature Station, arriving at Vermilionville around 12:00 p.m. Or you can begin your paddle at Vermilionville after the Festival with a celebratory toast by this years Grand Marshall. The parade will depart from Vermilionville and end at the Camellia Bridge Launch with a celebration complete with live music by Bonsoir, Catin, as well as food and drinks. While online registration is available, you can also register at Vermilionville the day of the event.

Participants are encouraged to decorate your boat and wear a costume. Residents and businesses that live along the parade route are also encouraged to participate by decorating your yard and inviting friends and family over to watch the parade. There will be a Spirit of The Bayou contest for best boat and costume, and best yard decorations. Those that do not live along the parade route can watch the parade at Vermilionville, Beaver Park, Rotary Point or at the Camellia Bridge.