The Lower Mississippi River Water Trail

St. Francisville to Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Sites and Services of interest to Paddlers

Expedition Services:

For shuttles, resupplies, parking your vehicle, and logistics on the Lower Mississippi River, contact Baton Rouge natives Paul or Michael Orr.  These guys have been providing support services for decades on the Lower Mississippi River, and are the experts on the stretch downstream from Baton Rouge to the Gulf of Mexico. 

Paul Orr <paul@lmrk.org> (225) 300-3902

Michael Orr <michael@leanweb.org> (225) 803-2999

 

Lower Mississippi Riverkeeper:

The Lower Mississippi Riverkeeper (LMRK) is a non-profit organization in Louisiana that works to identify and reduce pollution into the lower Mississippi River.  They might be available to help paddlers with resupply, shuttling, and help with any logistics.  Contact them anytime to report a concern, or if you have questions or need help in addressing a problem you see along the river.  Contact LMRK through their website, lmrk.org, email paul@lmrk.org or call (225) 928-1315.

 

Paddles, PFDs and Camping Gear:

 

The BackPacker

7656 Jefferson Hwy

Baton Rouge, LA

(225) 925-2667

https://geargut.com

 

or 

 

Massey's Professional Outfitters

at the Northgates of LSU

3340 Highland Rd

Baton Rouge, LA 70802

(225) 325-3030

http://www.masseysoutfitters.com

 

Food:

 

Downtown Grocery at 263 3rd Street Baton Rouge, LA 70801. The most convenient store in Baton Rouge for paddlers but a very limited inventory. At the E in BATON ROUGE walk directly over the levee and you will be at Florida St. keep walking 2 blocks down Florida and Downtown Grocery will be on the corner to your right. This small grocery only has the basics like milk, bread, and coffee; they don't even have produce.

 

Our Daily Bread inside Main Street Market at 504 North 5th Street Baton Rouge, LA 70802 This is a large indoor space with a number of different tenants. Most prepare hot meals for lunch (there is Chinese, Crepes and Cajun/Creole) but there is a small health food store inside called Our Daily Bread which has a small selection of basic groceries for those looking for organic, healthy and allergen free products. They also have some prepared foods, smoothies, and juices. 4 blocks off the river.

 

Closest Hardware Store:

 

TrueValue Hardware 

2882 Government St. 

Baton Rouge, LA 70806

(225) 343-8705

 

Paddleboard or SUP paddles:

 

Muddy Waters Paddle Company

4355 Perkins Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70808

225.937.7564 225.328.5000

http://www.muddywaterpaddleco.com/


230.1 RBD West Baton Rouge Tourist Commission, Court Street Landing

The City of Port Allen has made their old ferry landing into a nice public park. Paddlers should be able to find a place to make landfall but be careful the main channel comes rather close to the right bank in this spot. Access to Port Allen is easy from here but other than a few antique shops there isn’t very much for visitors.

 

229.6 LBD City Excursion Wharf AKA “The Paperclips”

Locally referred to as “the Paperclips” for reasons that should be obvious when you see it, this is where the American Queen docks when she is in town. Otherwise it doesn’t get much use.

 

229.6 LBD USS Kidd

A fletcher-class destroyer, first launched in 1943 and sailed extensively during WWII and the Korean War now serves as a museum and memorial in downtown Baton Rouge. Definitely worth exploring for any history or marine buff. 

 

229.4 LBD Argosy Casino

If you think you see a steamboat tied up below the USS Kidd wipe your eyes and save your pocketbook for better things to gamble on, like where you’ll find your next Po-Boy sandwich or Abita Beer.  Argosy is now known as the Belle of Baton Rouge Casino & Hotel.  It’s painted to look like a real steamboat, but is not.

 

229.3 I-10 Highway Bridge “New Bridge”

Interstate 10 (I-10) is the southernmost transcontinental highway in the American Interstate Highway System. It stretches from the Pacific Ocean at State Route 1 (SR 1) (Pacific Coast Highway) in Santa Monica, California to I-95 in Jacksonville, Florida.