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  • Tour the Bayou by Boat

    by peach93 Updated Jul 14, 2005

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    Touring Bayou Signette by boat is the best way to really see its unique beauty and wildlife. The Westwego Tour Company offers tours every few hours that include a wildlife talk with a local expert. He even has REAL animals for the kids to check out: snakes, alligator snapping turtles, and racoons among others. The tour lasts a little over 2 hours and in most cases includes bus transportation from New Orleans. Booking is available via Grey Line Tours' ticket office on the River Walk in New Orleans or thorough the company directly.

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  • Boating and Jetskiing

    The majority of people in Westwego own some type of watercraft, so it's no surprise that two of the most popular recreational activities here are boating and jetskiing. There is a public boatlaunch that anyone can use, but if you decide to go for a nice afternoon trip on the water be warned: the power boat and jet ski people very often drive like...

  • Alligator Hunting

    Hunting alligators is allowed in Lousiana with the right license. The penalties for being caught with an untagged animal are quite extreme, however, as killing an alligator without a license is considered a federal offense. Many of the alligators which are hunted here are used for both their meat and their skins. Many locals claim that alligator...

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  • Spanish Moss

    The sight of spanish moss hanging from the trees is common enough in the South, but here in the southern Louisiana bayous the moss was once an important source of income for many cajun families. Before the invention of modern synthetics, spanish moss was used as stuffing for sofas, chairs, automobile seats, and other upholstered items. Local people...

  • It's Brackish

    A bayou, by nature, contains brackish water which is a mixture of salt water from the Gulf and fresh water from the river. The salinity of the bayou is very important as it provides a "nursery" for baby shrimp, seed oysters, and other marine life. Without the bayous these creatures would not be able to reproduce and survive. This is yet another...

  • Pumping Stations

    If you travel along Bayou Signette you will see a few large buildings sitting along the shore. These are pumping stations which handle the water which is pumped out of the city of New Orleans, which is below sea-level, every time it rains. The excess rain water is pumped into the Bayou where it will eventually run into the Gulf. If this pump system...


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