What could possibly be more fun than seeing the Atchafalaya Swamp on an airboat?!
For those who may not know, an airboat is a flat bottom boat powered by an automotive engine. This engine then spins an aircraft propeller, which pushes the boat forward. These boats are often used in swamp and marsh areas where water is too shallow for other boats. On day two of your trek, a true Cajun by the name of Mitch Mequet, will lead you on an adrenaline filled ride on his airboat with over 600 horsepower! As you twist and turn between cypress and tupelo trees you will see the swamp’s nature and wildlife in fun and exciting ways you never imagined.

Fun Facts About Alligators

The American alligator is the largest reptile in North America. The largest alligator ever recorded was measured at 19 feet, 2 inches and weighed 2,000 pounds! Today gators average between 8 and 12 feet in length. A mature alligator has 80 teeth at a time but can go through as many as 3,000 in its lifetime. Their powerful jaws can shut with up to 2,000 pounds per square inch! These captivating creatures have roamed the earth for nearly 200 million years and there are nearly 2 million wild alligators in Louisiana. Unfortunately, this wasn’t always the case. Alligators were put on the endangered species list in 1973 and were not removed until 1987. Thankfully, gators have made an incredible rebound and can be seen almost anywhere along our trek.

Thanks to Boys' Life and Scouting magazines!

We are both excited and honored to announce that Swamp Base has a feature article in Scouting magazine, in addition to, having an article and being on the cover of Boys’ Life magazine. Scouting magazine’s article titled, “Big in the Bayou”, tells of Swamp Base’s storied success and how the Atchafalaya will have lasting impressions on each of the participants. Similarly, Boys’ Life’s article, “Swamp Kings”, does an excellent job showcasing our mission and our unique approach on high adventure. Thanks again to Scouting and Boys’ Life magazines and keep an eye out for Swamp Base in your mailbox!

Welcome to Gator Tales!


Welcome to Swamp Base’s “Gator Tales!” Gator Tales is a great place for you to find weekly stories and quick bits of information that will aid you in your future success and conquering of Swamp Base. Here we will discuss topics from A to Z, or better yet, alligators to zydeco music. Gator Tales will also provide you with tips for things like: what to pack, how to prepare yourself, and when important deadlines are approaching. As always, Facebook is your first stop for immediate Swamp Base news, but incase you are looking for a little lagniappe, Gator Tales has you covered. So like us on Facebook and don’t forget to come back and see us!

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