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Swamp Thing: Atchafalaya Basin, LA

A watery overnight in the country's largest swamp wilderness.
  • Four of us put in near Morgan City, LA (photo by C. Lyons)
  • We paddled upstream on Little Bayou Sorrel. (photo by C. Lyons)
  • A dragonfly in the leaf litter. (photo by C. Lyons)
  • In April, most camping areas were still underwater. (photo by C. Lyons)
  • We found enough dry ground to pitch our tent, barely. (photo by C. Lyons)
  • Our two borrowed canoes had to hang off the land. (Photo by C. Lyons)
  • We heard gators croaking all night. Here's dawn against Spanish moss. (Photo by C. Lyons)
  • The area houses an impressive collection of bottomland hardwoods. (Photo by C. Lyons)
  • Barred owl chillin in a Cypress tree.
  • We closed the loop via Flat Lake. (Photo by C. Lyons)
Four of us put in near Morgan City, LA (photo by C. Lyons)
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Four of us put in near Morgan City, LA (photo by C. Lyons)

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