Paddling a popular sport
Paddling is a popular form of outdoor recreation. Louisiana, with its many bayous, lakes and rivers, is a great paddling destination for tourists and locals who own canoes and kayaks.
A survey released by the Outdoor Industry Association in 2009 reported a 15.2 percent increase from 2007-08 in paddling among people 25-44 years of age who kayaked. The same age group of canoers experienced a 10 percent increase. According to OIA, the sport is most popular among women and children, and less popular among youth ages 14-18.