The Cane River Waterway commission met at its facility Tuesday August 21st . The main focus of the meeting was a presentation by Peter Lohr of Paul’s Party Boats concerning his new business. Lohr, who holds a Texas Party Boat Operator’s license, will be starting a business giving sightseeing and dinner cruises on the Cane River.
The boat, named The Cane River Queen, is 60 feet long, 16 feet wide, 8 feet tall from the waterline and draws a foot and a half in the water. The boat will be able to carry over 50 passengers and will be docked in downtown Natchitoches. A local restaurant will handle catering and alcohol sales afloat. The boat will be available for private parties in addition to dinner and sightseeing.
In other business, the commission voted unanimously to sponsor the NSU Rowing Team’s upcoming St. Denis Head Race to be held Saturday October 6th. The commission will donate $6,000.00 towards the race as well as supply buoys to mark the course. The commission also voted to close the Cane River to all other traffic from the Keyser St. Bridge north to the dam for the day of the event. The event has 11 teams signed up so far and will draw upwards of 1,000 people to Natchitoches from around the state and as far as Wichita, Kansas.
Members of the Cane River Waterway Commission will be meeting on August 30th in Baton Rouge with officials from the state Department Of Transportation & Development, the Governor’s Office and Parish and State elected officials to address the serious problem of erosion at the riverbank by the St. Augustine Church. The erosion has undercut the riverbank by 11 feet and is starting to undermine the highway in front of the St. Augustine Church.
In addition to these main items, the Commission accepted the minutes of last month’s meeting, the administration and treasurer’s report and approved the payment of expenses. After that, the meeting was adjourned.