John and Becky Williams

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Music by Bill Grass, kayak fishing footage by John Williams

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South Louisiana natives, John and Becky Williams own Pack and Paddle a homegrown outfitter located in Lafayette, LA. The store was started in 1974 by John’s parents and is today one of South Louisiana’s premier outlets for outdoors gear with a focus on hiking and paddling. Pack and Paddle also organizes a variety of events and trips throughout the year to help people get out and enjoy the outdoors. But John and Becky are not just store owners they are also accomplished outdoors people in their own right. John and Becky have completed Thru Hikes of the Appalachian Trail (Georgia to Maine 2006), Colorado Trail (Denver to Durango 2008), Wonderland Trail (loop around Mt. Rainier 2003), John Muir Trail (Yosemite to Mt. Whitney 2004), Eagle Rock Loop trail as well as a thru-paddle of the entire Buffalo National River.

This is a map of paddle routes (orange lines), boat launches (blue markers), wildlife management areas (green shaded areas) and Lake Fausse Pointe State Park (green shaded with white border) in the Atchafalaya Basin.

Paddling In South Louisiana