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Bayou Teche Floating Dock Ribbon-Cutting Ceremonies

Event Dates: July 24th-25th, 2017

The Center for Louisiana Studies at UL Lafayette is celebrating completion of four floating kayak/canoe docks on the Bayou Teche Paddle Trail in the communities of Port Barre, St. Martinville, Loreauville and Charenton.

The Federal Highways Administrationís Recreational Trails Program, administered through the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, funded the installation of the docks.

The Loreauville dock was installed last summer and Mayor Brad Clifton has seen increased traffic into his community as a result.

The Bayou Teche Paddle Trail is Louisianaís only National Water Trail, and one of only 21 nationally recognized water trails in the nation. Designation as a National Water Trail places the Teche in an elite group of waterways, and will increase recreational tourism for the fifteen communities and four parishes along the 130-mile bayou. Eventually, the Bayou Teche Paddle trail will have 15 official access points for paddle trips, ranging from seven miles to the full 130 miles. The TECHE Project, a non-profit organization, serves as the manager of the National Paddle Trail and works with local communities, and parish and state governments to develop a first-class paddle trail.

Mark your calendars for ribbon cutting ceremonies at each site:

St. Martinville: 10 a.m. on July 24

Port Barre: 10 a.m. on July 25

Charenton: 10 a.m. on August TBA

Everyone is invited to join the university and the TECHE Project to celebrate increased access for paddlers and other non-motorized recreational watercraft along the scenic and historic Bayou Teche.

More information about the ceremony and the Bayou Teche Paddle Trail can be found at http://www.louisianastudies.louisiana.edu and at www.techeproject.org or by contacting Jennifer Guidry at 337.482.1320 or clspresents@louisiana.edu.


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