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There are a multitude of places to explore by paddling the refuge. Launches are available at the Big Alabama Bayou at the Sherburne Unit Headquarters, and at Big Alabama Bayou along Landing Road. There is a public launch on the northern portion of Little Alabama Bayou. Your best bet for paddling are Big and Little Alabama bayous. There is also a boat launch off of Hwy 10, at the intersection with Hwy. 975 under the I-10 bridge over the Whiskey Bay Piot Channel. Be aware there may be lots of motorboat traffic.

Take a virtual boat tour of Big Alabama Bayou, launching at the Sherburne Complex headquarters.

Water levels fluctuate in the Atchafalaya NWR. Flooding may occur in late winter and spring months when the Atchafalaya Basin Flood Spillway diverts water into the refuge. May through September are typically dryer, and can be hot and buggy. Bring sunscreen, plenty of water, and insect repellent.

For information about paddling in the Atchafalaya Basin visit the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area website.

You can check water levels logged the National Weather Service hydrological gauge which is located at Krotz Springs at the northern end of the refuge here.