Explore Cane River: A Spooktacular Open Paddle, Plus Halloween Events for the Whole Family

Come explore Cane River in Natchitoches, Louisiana, during a Spooktacular Open Paddle on Saturday, Oct. 31.

Bring your kayak, paddleboard, canoe, or pirogue for an adventure on Cane River Lake. Whether you’re a frequent paddler or just getting into the sport, we’d love to invite you to relax, explore and make new friends!

There are several options to choose from: travel up to the North dam for a 6.4 mile roundtrip paddle, travel south a bit for a 3.2 mile roundtrip paddle, or stay closer to downtown Natchitoches and enjoy the day with a shorter paddle. It’s all up to you!

Check in begins at 7 a.m. and we’ll start launching at 8:30 a.m. Drop your kayak off at the North ramp of the downtown riverbank area for easy access to Cane River. Parking is available within walking distance throughout the downtown area. For kayak rental information call (318) 527-0066.

We encourage all our paddlers to dress in your Halloween best. We’ll have a contest for the most spooktacular outfit. The winner will receive a gift car to a local restaurant.

Stick around after the paddle for all the shopping and dining Natchitoches’ Historic District has to offer. It’s all within walking distance of the riverbank.

Since our open paddle is happening on Halloween Day, other fun events will be taking place! The Natchitoches Farmers Market will be set up on the downtown riverbank from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. and offers local produce and handmade items. The Farmers Market’s Kids Club will be handing out $5 worth of veggies FREE to children ages 3-13.

There will also be a pumpkin carving and painting contest put on by Natchitoches Parish 4-H. Check your entry into the competition at the Farmers Market by 10:30 a.m.

The City’s trick-or-treat event, “Witch Way to Main Street,” will be held on the downtown riverbank from 9-11 a.m. This event is FREE and open to the public. Children must be in costume and accompanied by an adult to participate. Candy and prizes will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Natchitoches police officers will be on duty to ensure children’s safety.

With everything going on, this is the perfect opportunity to practice social distancing, bring your family to Natchitoches, enjoy our family-friendly Halloween events, and explore the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase.

This could be your next day trip or staycation! In all of Louisiana, no other place is as unique as the Cane River Country. Located in Central Louisiana on Interstate 49, you will find the original French Colony in Louisiana. Established in 1714, Natchitoches (Nack-a-tish) retains its European flavor through its architecture, heritage and lifestyle.

Please mark GOING on the Facebook event if you plan to attend (https://www.facebook.com/events/1053751241729023?active_tab=about).