Outdoor Adventures

St. Landry Parish features a number of outdoor adventures from cycling Cajun Country, to paddling the bayous and fishing and hiking in one of our beautiful wildlife management areas.
Visit the St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission website to find out details on your next outdoor adventure.

Adventures on the Bayous:
T.E.C.H.E. Project:
The Teche Ecology, Culture and History Education Project started in 2009 in St. Landry Parish. Our organization is made up of individuals passionate about making Bayou Teche a healthier waterway for fishing, kayaking, canoeing, boating, tubing and even swimming! Along with aesthetics and recreation, we advocate for improved water quality in the Bayou Teche watershed and Teche-Vermilion basin through the reduction of non-point source pollution.

Tour Du Teche:

Adventures with Cycling:
Krewe de Velo:
A recreational biking club which travels along the Cajun prairie, country roads and scenic bayous of historic St. Landry Parish.

Sherburne encompasses 40,000 acres within the Atchafalaya Basin and is located in Pointe Coupee, Iberville and St. Martin Parishes, as well as St. Landry. Many outdoor recreational opportunities, such as hunting, fishing, ATV trails, trapping, camping, hiking, bird watching, nature photography, along with many more activities exist on this WMA. Development and management have improved access, habitat, wildlife populations, and public use on the Sherburne WMA complex. Camping is permitted on two designated camping areas, one each on the northern and southern portions of the area. A shooting range complex consisting of rifle, handgun, archery and skeet shooting is available for year-round use. Boat launches are available on both Big & Little Alabama Bayous.
Physical location: Access to this WMA is via Hwy. 975, which connects with Hwy. 190 near Krotz Springs on the North, and Interstate 10 at Whiskey Bay on the South., Arnaudville, 
Contact: (337) 948-0255 | (337) 566-2251
Thistlethwaite Wildlife Management Area
Thistlethwaite WMA is a 17-square mile tract of 11,000 acres of mature hardwood forest, boasting the largest diversity of oak species anywhere in the state of Louisiana. Eleven miles of wood trails make hunting, as well as birding and nature walks, very popular. Year-round birding is best along the area's numerous roadsides and ATV trails. In addition to woodland songbirds, raptors such as Red-shouldered Hawk, Mississippi Kite and Broad-winged Hawk appear regularly along these woodland edges. During the winter months, the site's numerous agricultural fields hold waterfowl, shorebirds and sparrows. Thistlethwaite WMA is part of the Red River Birding Trail of American's Wetland Birding Trails.
Physical Location: 522 Plant Road, Washington. Take I-49 North to Exit 27. Travel North on LA 10/LA 182 for 1.5 miles. Turn right onto Plant Road and go approximately 3.5 miles to the WMA. Contact: (337) 948-0255
Access to this area is via US Hwy. 190 exit at Krotz Springs and take LA Hwy. 105 south about 11.5 miles to the fifth parking area on the right. Managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Indian Bayou Area is a 28,000-acre public access area. It contains some of the country's most productive wildlife habitat. It's a paradise for hunters, fishermen, bird-watchers, boaters, nature photographers and outdoor enthusiasts. Hiking & ATV Trails are available. The area is located in the heart of the Atchafalaya Basin, the world's largest freshwater swamp wilderness, and offers some of the finest bottomland hardwood hunting in the South.
Physical location: Located in St. Landry and St. Martin parishes, the area is 40 miles west of Baton Rouge
Contact: 337-585-0853