BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - There is a now a boat launch specifically designed for canoes and kayaks in Baton Rouge. The new boat launch is located behind the baseball fields at BREC's Highland Road Park.
BREC hosted a ribbon cutting and grand opening of the new canoe/kayak boat launch on October 15. The event featured a day of outdoor and boating activities including a canoe tour of Bayou Fountain for the kids.
The new boat launch allows paddlers to launch their own kayak or canoe into Bayou Fountain, which connects to Bayou Manchac. The project was made possible by BREC and the organization Paddle BR, whose members cleared the waterway of debris and trash. BREC used $30,000 of its funds to construct and install the boat launch. Cheryl Michelet, BREC's Director of Communications, says this the first of several boat launches that BREC hopes to construct around the parish to connect waterways. The boat launches will allow people to go in at one park and come out at another or take breaks along the way back to their original launch point.
The boat launch is located behind the baseball fields at Highland Road Park at 14024 Highland Road in Baton Rouge. It is open from sunrise to sunset. Officials advise paddlers to plan boating trips accordingly so they can return before dark. Camping at the launch or along the waterway is prohibited. Boaters who plan to fish while boating must follow all Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries regulations. For more information about the boat launch visit http://www.brec.org/index.cfm/park/HighlandRoadCommunityPark