Vermilion Voyage

Vermilion Voyage

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Disconnect from life's hustle & bustle and connect with nature during our Vermilion Voyage beginning Thursday, March 22nd - Sunday, March 25th. Calling all outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy this 3-day paddle excursion with overnight camping, entertainment, food and lots of fun. Create memories on the river with new and old friends; this will be one for the books.

Lafayette Travel and the Bayou Vermilion District have partnered to create the Vermilion Voyage, a three-day overnight paddle down the Bayou Vermilion 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 on Thursday, March 22nd - Sunday, March 25th.

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.

Voyage Overview

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 provided.

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 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 provided.

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 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 provided. There will also be an optional 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.

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For more information, please contact Jesse Guidry at or call 337.769.3816. Or, Greg Guidroz at environmental@bayouvermili or call 337.233.4077 x. 215.


Tags: Local Events, Outdoor Adventure, Kayak, Paddle Trip, Canoe, Vermilion, Vermilionville

Posted By: Vermilionville Living History Museum & Folklife Park

Event Details

Date: March 22, 2018
Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm

This event also occurs on 03/23/2018, 03/24/2018, 03/25/2018

Bayou Vermilion District
300 Fisher Road
Lafayette, Louisiana 70508



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More About this Event Poster: Vermilionville Living History Museum & Folklife Park


Since 1984, the Lafayette Parish Bayou Vermilion District has worked to beautify, conserve and manage sites along the Vermilion ensuring the preservation and enhancement of the natural and cultural resources for the citizens of Lafayette Parish. The Bayou Vermilion District’s mission focuses both on the environment and the unique culture of Lafayette.

On the environmental side of our mission, the Bayou Vermilion District manages boat, canoe and kayak launches in addition to public parks along the river in an effort to promote recreation along the Vermilion. The Bayou Vermilion District also removes trash and large debris from the Vermilion in addition to working with local government to monitor the water quality and water height of the Vermilion. We also work with the school board to educate students in Lafayette Parish about our Watershed and their role in helping to maintain water quality in the Vermilion.

On the cultural side of our mission, the Bayou Vermilion District opened the Vermilionville Living History Museum and Folklife Park as a way to preserve and represent the Acadian, Creole and Native American cultures in the Attakapas region from the time period 1765-1890. Since its opening in 1990, the historic village has become one of Lafayette’s premiere tourist attractions welcoming more than 50,000 visitors each year from around the world. Vermilionville sits on a beautiful tree-covered 23-acre site on the banks of the Bayou Vermilion in the heart of Lafayette, providing a place for history, music, food, cultural exchange, historic architecture and much more.

The Bayou Vermilion District invites you to share in the beautiful, natural and cultural resources we have to share.

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