Finding ways to safely enjoy the outdoors has never been more crucial. While it’s important to maintain a social distance, taking to the water is one of the best ways to experience New Orleans these days. Here’s where you can rent a kayak or paddleboard for your next adventure.

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Kayak down Bayou St. John

Bayou Paddlesports

The bayou is calling you! Located on the banks of Bayou St. John, kayak and paddleboard rentals are available through Bayou Paddlesports. Cruise alongside a family of ducks down one of New Orleans’ most famous waterways, or stop to do some yoga and let the bayou take you. We recommend making a reservation in advance and avoiding peak times, such as weekends.

New Orleans Kayak Swamp Tours

For tours in New Orleans and the surrounding swamplands, New Orleans Kayak Swamp Tours is your go-to place. Be transported to the swamps of Honey Island, or stick around New Orleans and learn the history of Bayou St. John. Often secluded and pristine, with plenty of wildlife in the swamps, these tours are great for a single party or small group. Kayak rentals are also available if you’d like to explore your own path. New protocols have been established to increase sanitation and proper distancing measures.

Big Easy Swamp Adventures

For an airboat swamp tour adventure, this tour group makes it easy to enjoy Louisiana’s wetlands. Be on the lookout for wild alligators, snakes, turtles, and racoons as you speed through 20,000 acres of swamp. Bookings are available online today.

Massey’s Professional Outfitters

While not currently open for rentals, Massey’s is doing curbside pickup and delivery for retail sports gear. Perhaps you’ve gone kayaking on the bayou and are looking to purchase one to call your own – Massey’s is the go-to place for that, along with sunglasses, headlamps, and other gear to make your ride smoother. 

Kayak-iti-Yat

Reopening for tours on May 22, Kayak-iti-Yat is located right on the banks of Bayou St. John. Take a four-hour guided paddle down the bayou and back, or choose to customize your paddle. Equipment will be sanitized and masks will be worn for increased safety.