Trek 1

A wilderness far too intimidating for the casual outdoorsman, the Atchafalaya Swamp remains shrouded in mystery. But for the adventurous and the prepared, the swamp offers challenges to conquer and wonders to behold.

For many the Atchafalaya Swamp is a complex and challenging environment. Access to the diverse swamp is limited, and once inside landmarks are nearly non-existent. With the addition of fluctuating water levels that change dramatically with each season, the landscape transforms on an almost daily basis. It is because of this constant state of change that experience, proper education, and planning are essential before engaging in any high adventure activities within the area.

Swamp Base currently offers one high adventure trek, simply called Trek 1. The excursion ventures through remote swamplands and caters to Scouts and registered leaders.

Trek crews of Scouts and adult leaders will spend six days and six nights in Louisiana, with 5-days and 4-nights of their timespent paddling through the swamp. Treks consist of canoeing 61.6 miles through the Atchafalaya. Designed to highlight adventure and the vastness of the swamp, these trek programs include challenging tests of endurance and survival skills with specific lessons about the wetlands, cultures, and communities of South Louisiana, while at the same time promoting ecological conservation through an assortment of service learning activities.

If you're looking to experience all that you've heard about Louisiana and the swamp, then Trek 1 is for you! A 61.6-mile high adventure canoe trek through the western side of the Atchafalaya Swamp, Trek 1's program takes place over 6-days and 6-nights. The trek includes challenging tests of endurance with specific lessons about the environments, cultures, food, and communities of the Atchafalaya and South Louisiana.

  • Two crews start daily!
  • Paddle an average of 15.4 miles a day.
  • Join your crew’s fully trained Trek Guide for the entirety of the journey.
  • Introduce yourself to Louisiana’s unique cultures.
  • Come to understand the importance of our nation’s largest wetland ecosystem while staying on board the Swamp Base floating campsites.
  • Face the elements, and test your willingness to survive a night in the swamp at primitive Rougarou Island.
  • Fly through the swamp on an airboat!



Use this presentation to talk with your Scouts and leaders about signing up for a Swamp Base high adventure trek.

The presentation can be downloaded here or by clicking the image.

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