Paddle into spring on Cane River Lake

The first official day of summer is a little over a month away, but the weather in Natchitoches is already perfect for some Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) on Cane River Lake. With construction ongoing most of this year on a downtown riverbank renovation project, Cane River Paddle and Pedal has set up a rental location on the east side of the riverbank at the Church Street Bridge Rowing Dock off of Williams Avenue.

Rentals start at $20/hour. Spring hours are 12-7 pm on Thursdays and Fridays, 11 am – 7 pm on Saturdays and 1-7 pm on Sundays (weather permitting).

To sign up for a class call 318-527-0066 or email

Starting off the summer right, Cane River Paddle and Pedal will team up with Jennifer Sheffield from Spark Studio to offer SUP Yoga classes beginning Thursday, May 11. The classes will be offered every Thursday from 6-7 pm (weather permitting) at the rental dock location.

No skills are required. All level students are welcome. Registration is recommended but drop-ins will be accepted. The fee is $30 per class. To sign up call 318-401-0162.

***Participants must be able to swim***

“SUP Yoga is a great way for new folks to give yoga a go,” said Sheffield. “It focuses on balance, strength and inner core. Being on the serene water of Cane River Lake, surrounded by nature, creates a relaxing experience.”

Another alternative exercise option is PaddleFit with Gerry Kiefer. Classes will be held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6-7 pm (weather permitting). The fee is $30 per class. PaddleFit will improve body strength and balance, combining cardio with calisthenics, core and strength resistance.

“It’s a little more of a challenge for those who want to work out and love the outdoors,” said Kiefer. “The goal is to combine fitness with the relaxation of being on the water. What better gym location than Cane River Lake?”

Look for upcoming information on Junior Waterman Summer Camps for boys and girls. Participants will learn basic water skills, Stand Up Paddle Boarding and kayaking. Two-week classes will be offered on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from June 5-21 for ages 7-16.

To sign up for a class call 318-527-0066 or email

Cane River Paddle and Pedal recommends comfortable active or swimwear (all under $30) for your best paddling/pedaling adventure. Browse the Showroom location at 780 Front Street, Suite 104, for great accessories, activewear (brands such as 90 Degree high-performance moisture wicking technology) to keep you cool and comfortable. For more information go online to

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