Story by Angelle Bergeron
Photos by Lane Lefort
The Times-Picayune
Thursday, July 27, 1995

Only a few minutes outside of LaPlace is a place that is worlds apart from the stress, traffic and concerns of everyday city life. Situated on Bayou Gauche is an island inhabited by 40 families, where everyone knows everyone, and you had better not speak ill of anyone because he may be related to the person you're talking to.

In this community lives a man who has spent his life venturing through the swamps and marshes of Louisiana, and he invites others to come ride with him on his airboat and experience what he enjoys every day of his life.

I accepted that invitation one recent evening and learned how Airboat Tours began.

Airboat Tours by
Arthur Matherne, Inc.


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