Champagne's Cajun Swamp Tours leave from Lake Martin's only boat dock that is handicap accessible, and take guests on an adventure in ecotourism deep into the center of the lake. Here they will discover the heart and true soul of the bayous and swamps of Louisiana. Champagne's Tours' store at Lake Martin is not even an hour away from the city of Baton Rouge, and less than thirty minutes from Lafayette. The store has includes bathrooms, the only ones located at Lake Martin, as well as air conditioning. Tours are typically in English, however, French tours are also offered. Champagne's Cajun Swamp Tours is among the most popular attractions around Lafayette for family vacations.
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Visitors to Louisiana can enjoy the excitement and beauty of the Lake Martin Cypress Island Preserve aboard a boat on one of the authentic, relaxing Cajun boat tours with Champagnes Tours. The tour travels through the heavily dense aquatic non-native and native vegetation of southern Louisiana aboard a comfortable boat. There are also several opportunities for bird watching while traversing under the groves of tupelo trees and cypress covered with moss that is five hundred years old. Guests aboard the tour boat will also learn about Spanish Moss, including how it has been used over the years to the present. They will also examine Cypress roots in their native environment and bits of cypress driftwood, as well as learn the secret that Cajuns have used to harvest the cypress trees before boats could be used.
The lake is a popular spot with tourists for Birding or Bird Watching, with people coming for all parts of the world. 205 different bird species call this area of flooded forest home, and it is in fact among the biggest areas of nesting wading birds. Visitors will see several species, such as the Great Blue Heron, Yellow crowned Night Herons, Borrowed Owla, Anhinga, Pileated Woodpeckers, Wood Ducks, Cormorants, and several others. Other animals, such as alligators, snakes, frogs, and nutria may also be spotted during the tour. Private tours for bird watching are also offered by request.
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During the journey, alligators from three feet to fourteen feet in length may be seen. The experience guides on the boat tours explain how alligators, as well as alligator eggs, have been harvested by Cajuns. During the tour, visitors will travel into a duck blind, in which the guide will describe how people hunt ducks in Cajun Country's lakes. In September, guided tours for duck hunts are offered during their hunting season. Guests might also have the chance to view Cajuns fishing for crappie, or Sac-A-lait to them, which means Sack of Milk. These live in the waters of Lake Martin, along with Largemouth Bass, Bream, Catfish, and many more native fish that are fished for sport. After spending some time on one the Champagnes Tours within the groves of cypress trees, visitors will understand why Lake Martin is often call the "Sportsman's Paradise."
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