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Sat, Jun 04



BCOS MEMBERS - Bodcau Paddle & Weinie Roast!

BCOS members (and their guests) are invited to join us for a paddle on Bayou Bodcau and then hang out for a post-paddle hot dog roast!

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BCOS MEMBERS - Bodcau Paddle & Weinie Roast!
BCOS MEMBERS - Bodcau Paddle & Weinie Roast!

Time & Location

Jun 04, 2022, 10:00 AM CDT

Haughton, 843-897 Bodcau Dam Rd, Haughton, LA 71037, USA


About the event

Since upper Bodcau (Wenk's) turned out to be a mess, we'll paddle our trusty lower Bodcau route from Tom Merrill Recreation Area to the Twin Bridges on Hwy 157 instead!  The water levels are just below optimum, but we have a decent chance of rain this week so that may give us enough current to make this a perfect paddle.

Who: BCOS Members and Guests Only 

When:  Saturday, June 4 - 10:00 am

Where:  Bayou Bodcau Tom Merrill boat launch - 

Cost:  Sign in at check-in station at entrance to campground or check in on the LDWF WMA app.  There is a new WMA permit requirement that goes into effect June 1.  Please see note below.  I would not expect high enforcement this early in the game, but be aware that this permit will be required for WMA access in the future.

Parking:  Park/meet at the BOAT LAUNCH at 10:00am.  We will shuttle vehicles to the take out on Hwy 157 at 10:15 sharp.  Paddles in the water at 10:45.

Duration:  Anticipate paddling for 2.5 hours followed by weinie roast back at campground - campsite #4.  Park at the pavilion after the paddle.

Difficulty:   This is a relatively easy paddle.  Some skooching across cypress knees should be expected.  Depending on water level, we may or may not have decent current.

What to bring:  Be sure to bring water, mud shoes, and wear bug spray and sunblock.  Something for the grill or a side if you're staying for food afterward.

Pets:  Pets allowed, but not recommended due to low limbs, pop up cypress knees and loss of maneuverability.

Other:  Bring a small garbage bag if you're willing to help pick up/carry out any trash we run across on the paddle.

Contact person:  Tammy Jernigan,, 318-464-1752

From the LDWF website - WMA Access Permit: As of June 1, you will need a permit to visit an LDWF Wildlife Management Area (WMA) for any reason – boating, hiking, bird watching, berry picking, fishing or hunting. The fee for a WMA access permit, which grants access to the 1.5-million acres of land managed by LDWF, is $20/annual (resident/nonresident) or a $5/day (resident/nonresident). All funds generated from the permit fees will be dedicated to managing the WMAs. Youths 17 and under are not required to have a WMA access permit. The Sportsman Paradise license and Lifetime licenses include the WMA access permit.

Note that as of May 31, 2002, LDWF does not have this license/permit listed on their online permit purchase portal.

Let me know if you have any questions.  Thanks.


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