Vermilion Voyage

March 21-24, 2019

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. 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. For more information or to register for the event see below.


Day 1 – Nature Station to Southside Park | 21.52 miles

Bayou VermilionThe 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.

For the evening entertainment we'll have Southern Screen on the Vermilion, a double movie feature on the banks of the Vermilion. The first movie at 7:30 p.m. will be local filmmaker C.E. Richard's In the Mind of the Maker followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker. At 8 p.m. we will be showing Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom. The evening event is free and open to the public. Food and beverages will be made available for purchase. For more information about Southern Screen on the Vermilion click here.

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

Bayou Vermilion Excursion: Southside Park

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.

For the evening entertainment, attendees will be treated to GRAMMY-nominated musicians Roddie Romero and Chris French of the Hub City All-Stars. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. and is open to the public to attend. Advance tickets are $10 and can be purchased by clicking here or you can pay $15 at the door. Olympic Grove's food truck will be set up and serving pizza for that evening's dinner. Beverages will also be made available for purchase. For more information about the event click here.

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

Bayou Vermilion Excursion: Sunrise

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

Bayou Vermilion

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 by clicking here or call (337) 769-3816 or Greg Guidroz by clicking here or calling (337) 233-4077x215.

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?

Yes, this option will be available to the first six (6) people who register. We have one trailer that can haul six (6) canoes/kayaks, hence the limit. If we have additional space we will update the number at that time. Keep in mind your registration fee covers the cost of your canoe. While we understand that people will want to use their own crafts, we are trying to make this a worry free experience for you. The hassle of loading your boat on and off your vehicle and transporting it is something we're trying to eliminate.

Do I have to pay the whole registration fee if I am using my own canoe/kayak?

Yes. The cost of the trip is mainly for your guides, insurance, meals and evening entertainment. The cost of the canoe is not large enough to discount the registration cost.

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 or 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.