Louisiana Water Sports You Have to Try

Temperature rising? Try paddling, tubing or even gondola-riding across Louisiana's gorgeous waterways. 

Go tubing in Bogue Chitto State Park

Go tubing down the Bogue Chitto River.

Cool off in the summertime with these thrilling water sports. 

Paddle Across Louisiana's Waterways

After taking in the city life of New Orleans, take in the city from a different perspective and explore the waters of Bayou St. John with Bayou Paddlesports. Bayou Paddlesports offers kayak rentals, paddleboard rentals and canoe/tandem rentals. Pack & Paddle in Lafayette offers rentals, Kayaking 101 classes, Kayak Swamp Tours, Kayak Fishing Trips and more. Or rent a YOLO Board from Muddy Water Paddle Company in Baton Rouge and paddle on the calm waters of the LSU lakes. In Natchitoches, hop on a kayak, stand-up paddle or even a hydrobike from Cane River Paddle & Pedal Sports and take a joyride down Cane River Lake. And up north in Monroe, check out H2GO Paddle for single and tandem kayak rentals, plus inflatable and solid paddleboard rentals, and paddle along Black Bayou Lake.

Tube Louisiana's Rivers

When you really want to chill, it’s hard to beat the relaxing vibe of floating down the river with friends – music playing, drink in hand. The Bogue Chitto River is a popular spot for tubing - Louisiana River Adventures and the Bogue Chitto Tubing Center offer tubing trips down a popular stretch of the River, including multiple beaches and sandbars to stop for a break along the way. In Denham Springs, check out Cajun Tubing & Kayaking for a laid-back float down the Amite River. And Adventure Canoe & River Tubing Outfitters takes visitors down the Ouiska Chitto River.

Ride a Gondola in New Orleans

Blend the European charm of Venice, Italy, with the undeniable appeal of “America’s Most Romantic City” city and you get NOLA Gondola in New Orleans. You’ll enjoy a magical 50-minute trip aboard a hand-crafted Venetian gondola as it glides through breathtaking lagoons, along intimate waterways and under stone-arch bridges. With a former Venice gondolier as your guide, this ultra-authentic experience is as real as you can get this side of the Atlantic Ocean.

Adventure through a Louisiana State Park

Louisiana’s state parks are great locations for water sports, as the majority of them rest on a body of water. Whether it’s a leisurely paddle or exciting boating activities, there’s an activity available for every age and skill level. Many of Louisiana’s state parks even feature family-friendly splash pads for the little ones.