Canoe & Kayak Swamp Tours, Educational Outings, Moonlight Paddles™ and more

Full Flavor of the Bayou

Limited seats available, small tour size
  • • Price includes all the essentials – drinking water, local snack, & waterproof cases to protect phones
  • • Average group size of just 8 paddlers
  • • No experience required, laid back tour pace
  • • Transportation from New Orleans available
  • • 3 to 4 hour tour, including a mid tour break – relaxed paddling pace with stops for wildlife viewing
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  • Canoe & Kayak Tour with transportation

Next Moonlight Paddle

May 6th on Cane Bayou in Mandeville
  • • Offered Monthly – on the Saturday before the next full moon
  • • Average outing size is 24 paddlers
  • • Guide Paddle Event
  • • Transportation not available for these outings.
  • • No experience required
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  • Moonlight Paddle in Manchac Swamp

Self Guided Tour - Kayak & Canoe Rentals

At your own pace
$35/solo kayak
  • • Offered on Cane Bayou in Mandeville, La
  • • Tandem, solos, and family sized boats available
  • • Reservations HIGHLY recommended
  • • Rental includes paddles, lifevest and waterproof cases to protect your phone and car keys
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  • Kayak Rental

We may offer kayak swamp tours but we are not just a tour company.

For over 40 years our swamp tours have helped guest make memories that last a lifetime. With paddles and land outings designed for visitors, residents, birders, youth groups and schools let us plan your adventure today.

Loved by both residents and visitors since 1972. Canoe and Trail has offered canoe and kayak swamp tours, educational outings for schools and youth groups, Moonlight Paddles and Twilight Paddle Tours seasonally, and  other wilderness experiences all within a short distance of New Orleans, Louisiana.  Our guides are experienced passionate outdoor enthusiast. Canoe and Trail is a locally owned family business operated by a father and son team. We are eager to share the beauty of the Louisiana swamps and bayous with all adventurers both expert and novice. Join us and enjoy a day in the Louisiana outdoors canoeing, kayaking, birding or hiking through the swamps, wetlands, and rivers surrounding New Orleans. Transportation is available on only our Daily Canoe and Kayak Swamp Tours.



We are locally owned and locally operated. We get our snacks from local companies, like Abita Springs, and get our supplies from locally owned Massey’s Outfitters.


We have you covered. We provide all paddling equipment, lifevest PLUS waterproof cases for phones, for no additional fee.

Highly Rated

Don’t take our word for how great our tours are- check out our 5 out of 5 star rating on Trip Advisor.

Eco Friendly

We are low-impact and aren’t burning gasoline on the water. We never feed, approach, or handle the wildlife.

Certified guides from the Louisiana Master Naturalist Program

Certificate of Excellence 2015

Certificate of Excellence 2016

Late Fall/ Early Winter Bird sightings

The past 2 months have been great on the bayou.  Our staff has always enjoyed birding.  Some of them are better at identifying them while others are just starting to learn and enjoy it (me).  Here are a few pictures we have been able to get over the past few weeks....

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Master Naturalist

When you hear the word "master", what comes to your mind?  Growing up I always thought of it as something to do with school.  Since I wasn't a big fan of school I never had any desire to get "extra education".  The older I get the more I realize that I am wanting to...

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Early Fall Sightings

This fall has been a blast so far! Here are a few pictures we have taken on our trips! We are excited to start seeing our migratory birds coming in too.  We have been seeing a flock of American Coots at Lake Pontchartrain!  Hopefully the Grebes will be making a...

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