Basin Landing Airboat Swamp Tours, like so many other businesses, had an unforgettable year in 2020. Unforgettable in a good way or a bad way? Maybe a little bit of both, it turns out. We started this year off with a bang way back in February by rebuilding the docks and turning Captain Nick’s boat into a one-of-a-kind “airfloat” for the Henderson and Youngsville Mardi Gras parades, taking home the #1 and #2 Best Float prizes, respectively.
In March, we were pleased to receive some good press in the way of a Lafayette Travel article naming Turtle’s Bar a “Must Visit” destination. By early spring the COVID-19 pandemic had begun to rear its ugly head, and we had to pull together as a family and decide how to make the best out of the circumstances. We held our very first ever virtual tour on April 1st, where 7500 people joined us on an online adventure deep into the woods of the Atchafalaya Basin. We realized more so than any other time in the history of our business how much friends and family mean during a situation that affected the entire world. We consider ourselves very fortunate that our outdoor business was still able to operate at lower capacities.
Though we lost all of our international and most of our domestic travelers due to quarantine regulations, we found that the locals began to call us more often looking for something safe and fun to do. We are so happy to have been able to put a smile on people’s faces during times where everyone was tired of being stuck indoors by taking them out for an airboat swamp tour. We made so many new friends over the spring and summer.
Spring of 2020 also marked the beginning of the fishing tournament season, where teams turned out rain or shine for the 2020 King of Henderson tournaments. In late April, we partnered up with new vendors to begin offering a broader variety of tackle inside the General Store when it reopened, bringing his awesome products to our anglers. With everyone unable to travel, we had an incredibly busy fishing season!
June ushered in some severe weather and the beginning of an active hurricane season. The Good Lord was looking over us again, as we suffered no major damage during any of the storms. We expanded our gift options in the gift shop with the addition of the brightly colored, tough Swamp Box coolers, a popular item with our fishermen. We also added a whole aisle of new apparel, including long sleeve tees, leather patch trucker hats, regular trucker hats, fishing shirts and short sleeve ladies tees.
A busy and productive alligator season began in September, and we were so excited that our very own Captain Micah and our good friend B.J. Robert snagged a 13 foot long gator north of I-10. B.J. had the gator mounted and it will be on display it his restaurant “Swamp Tales” in Illinois. The unfortunate events of this year also led us to our own COVID silver lining, as we were able to take Nick and Christine’s family on a deer hunting trip over the Thanksgiving holidays.
We are no worse for wear, and we are proud of our hardworking team for never throwing in the towel this year. It was all hands on deck, and we have made it to the end of 2020. We are looking forward to a quiet and reflective Christmas, and we sincerely hope that 2021 is a fresh year filled with gratitude and new beginnings. The weather is intermittently comfortable, so book your airboat swamp tour today and let our family take your family on an adventure you won’t forget! Call us at 337.228.7880 or visit us at basinlanding.com.