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Baton Rouge’s Nature Playground

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Baton Rouge water lovers are spoiled when it comes to Louisiana’s natural landscape, which provides opportunities for children and skilled outdoorsmen alike. Only a few minutes from the city, False River is a 10.5-mile oxbow lake popular among residents who enjoy boating, sailing, water skiing, fishing and camping. To the south, the Amite River also offers boundless options for outdoor adventure. This tributary of Lake Maurepas buzzes with water skiers and causal boaters in summer. Kayakers, campers and fishermen enjoy quiet stretches of the river shaded by moss-covered trees.

The 800,000-acre Atchafalaya Basin, sometimes called the last wilderness of the South, lies 30 minutes to the west of Baton Rouge. Its vast waterways are home to alligators, black bears and 85 species of fish, including bass, catfish and blue gill. However, anglers can find fishing spots inside the Baton Rouge city limits, including the lakes at BREC’s City Park and Perkins Road Community Park. The BREC also operates a lively “fishing rodeo” each year with contests — most fish caught, largest and smallest fish — for the whole family to enjoy. 

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