Baton Rouge, Louisiana audio tour: Coastal Land Loss Mississippi River Bike Tour

Coastal Land Loss Mississippi River Bike Tour

Cycling Tour

40 mins

About the Tour

This informative bike tour is for anyone who wants to learn about Louisiana’s land loss crisis as well as Baton Rouge’s pivotal role in coastal restoration. It takes riders from the LSU mounds, which are some of the world’s oldest known human-made structures, to the State Capitol Building. Along the way, it introduces key leaders driving coastal restoration and the challenges our coastal communities face. You’ll also find out about the many entities that connect our coast and the different projects in place to help protect our crucially important wetlands.

The tour was created by the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, an organization that has been a powerful force in coastal Louisiana since 1988. It’s played an important role in many of the restoration decisions made throughout the coast.

The tour’s highlights include:

• The Native American mounds that predate the Great Pyramid of Giza
• The 10,000-square-feet river model that explains the science behind coastal land loss, river management and coastal restoration projects.
• The Water Campus, which is the country’s first major center dedicated to the study of coastal restoration and sustainability.

This bike tour offers an informative introduction into coastal restoration whether it’s your first time in Baton Rouge or you’re a curious local. There are plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars at the end of the route, where you can pop in for a cold beverage and a dozen oysters!

Please note that the cost of this tour doesn’t include bike rental. You can rent a bike from a nearby Gotcha Bike Rental Stations.

Tour Producer


Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana

The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to drive bold, science-based action to sustain a dynamic coastal Louisiana through engagement and advocacy.​

Incorporated in 1988, CRCL represents a unique mix of businesses, local governments, industries, scientific communities, national and local conservation groups, hunters, anglers and a broad spectrum of concerned citizens who all share a common vision and commitment to the sustainability of coastal Louisiana. The common vision of these varied and diverse interests is the driving strength of CRCL, the most effective and recognized coastal advocacy organization in the state.​

Recognizing that Louisiana’s coastal land-loss will have dramatic impacts on the nation’s energy, navigation and fisheries interests, CRCL works at the state, local and federal level to ensure that restoring and protecting coastal Louisiana is a top priority for our state and the nation.​

In addition to our role as advocate and watchdog, we also serve as responsible stewards of Louisiana’s rich coastal wetlands. We facilitate and fund actual restoration projects through our Habitat Restoration Program and we work diligently to raise awareness and educate others about the importance of preserving and restoring coastal Louisiana.

​This multifaceted, comprehensive and coast-wide approach to coastal restoration distinguishes CRCL from any other civic or environmental group in the region.

Major Landmarks

  • Louisiana State University

  • The Water Campus

  • Mississippi River

Directions to Starting Point

The tour begins on the west side of the LSU Mounds on Field House Drive.

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Places to stop along the way

Mike the Tiger, LSU Football Stadium, the pier at The Water Campus, and many other places! Don't forget to look for wildlife along the banks of the river.

Best time of day

Anytime of the day is great, but the mornings and evenings will have less traffic in LSU. Sunsets are beautiful on the Mississippi River.


The tour begins in LSU. You will follow a bike path, but please watch for pedestrians and vehicles. When driving on the streets at the beginning of the route, please pull over to listen.

During the Hours of Zone Parking, Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., students faculty & staff, employees, and visitors must park within his or her correct zone. Parking permits are required to park on campus all hours on weekdays, day and night. For a nominal fee, parking on campus is available to visitors. Most visitor spaces on campus are located near the center of campus near Pleasant Hall at the Visitor Center, the LSU Union, Thomas Boyd Hall, North & South Stadium Roads, Patrick Taylor Hall (formerly CEBA), and the Faculty Club. The metered parking on campus is primarily suggested for visitors. All metered spaces are in effect and should be paid from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., weekdays. The cost for metered parking is $1.50 per hour. Metered spaces are numbered. When parking, note your space number and pay at any designated pay station. Contact Parking Dispatch at 225-578-5002 if assistance is required.


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Coastal Land Loss Mississippi River Bike Tour