View Full Version : Mandalay National Wildlife Preserve

07-07-2010, 09:22 AM
CNSpots just gave me an idea. Just down the bayou from me off of Bayou Black is the Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge. It's beautiful. How bout we organize a sightseeing trip into the preserve. A local doctor owns a launch right on Minor's Canal where we could launch from (it would be about 8 miles round trip). Or .... better yet. I have access to a Higgins craft! WWWHHHAATTTT? You heard me ... the local military museum has an operable Higgins craft that is at our disposal. All we have do do is ask and they'll supply the use and a captain. We could either load up at the public launch in Houma where the craft is moored or we could have the craft meet us on Minor's. If we do this let's say, on a Saturday afternoon, there's a good restaurant with cajun music further down the bayou (Bayou Delight) that we could eat at.
Anyway, here's a map of Minor's Canal, the Intracoastal Canal, and one of the entrances into the preserve. I'll post some photo's as well ...

Here's the link:


And here's an article on Bayou Delight Restaurant


07-07-2010, 10:14 AM
Sounds like a cool trip. Keep us posted on possible dates.

07-07-2010, 10:23 AM
Here's the SS YakAttack


07-07-2010, 10:46 AM
You my friend are nuts - I like that about you.

07-07-2010, 11:01 AM
I would do this trip just for a chance to ride on a Higgins boat.. That would be awesome even without the paddle into the Refuge..
I definitely want to get in on this one.. Just needs the dates to work around..

Thanks buddhaman..

07-07-2010, 11:16 AM
You can count me in for a trip like this depending on the dates. Sounds like an awesome trip!

Where Y'ak?
07-07-2010, 11:24 AM
Sounds cool. I also want in if I'm free on the date. The contrast of the WWII vessel and the modern yaks is interesting. I'd love to photo and write an article about the trip. I agree that the Higgins ride itself would be worth the trip.

07-07-2010, 11:29 AM
I'm in subject to date

07-07-2010, 11:39 AM
I'm in if dates work out....

07-07-2010, 11:49 AM
We could do this on any Saturday that you would like or for that matter, it could be done two Saturday's in a row. If you wanted, it could be done quarterly so you could witness the change of seasons. And as for families, Annie Miller's launches from Bayou Delight on pontoon barges and can bring wives and children. Talk it up and whatever you want to do, I'll do my best to accommodate.

07-07-2010, 12:20 PM
In. Just the dates. Sounds awesome

Yellow Submarine
07-07-2010, 12:34 PM
What? Are we storming some beach or something? Are we at war with BP now? I don't have any gun holders on my yak. Are we going to drain the swamp? Can I just wear flip flops?

07-07-2010, 01:22 PM
My father serviced on a Higgins in World Ward 2 and I for one would love the chance to ride on one, just wish he was still he to go with me!

07-07-2010, 01:49 PM
That looks cool... looks like one mean mother uhhh ship. Get the date figured out and I'd be game.

07-07-2010, 01:59 PM
I am down...schedule permitting of course.

07-07-2010, 02:58 PM
I'd be a plus one with my son coming along.

07-07-2010, 03:17 PM
How many will it hold? I'd like to come along date permitting.

07-07-2010, 05:40 PM
Buddhaman -- Please count me in. The date doesn't matter, I will be there, both my grandmothers and my wifes greatuncle all worked for Mr. Higgins. Thanks for the oppurtunity to actually ride on a piece of history.

07-07-2010, 06:15 PM
count me in...pending schedule...sounds unreal

Cobia 1
07-07-2010, 06:18 PM
If the date permits, I'm in.

07-07-2010, 06:29 PM
I'm In!

Battery Doctor
07-07-2010, 08:01 PM
Me 2...I'm n!

07-07-2010, 09:21 PM
Sounds great, count me in dates permitting

07-08-2010, 11:03 AM
Sounds like an awesome opportunity! I am definitely in if there is room!