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BD Markey is a National Park Service Ranger and Certified Wilderness First Responder. In 2017, he solo-kayaked the Mississippi River from Lake Itasca in Minnesota to New Orleans, La. The three-month camping trip ended on Bayou St. John just three blocks from his house. A passion for getting people on the water led BD to co-found the annual Bayou Boogaloo canoe race in New Orleans.


Prior to launching GuidedCanoeTours.Com BD worked professionally as an Urban Planner. Major life changes gave him the opportunity to become a white water raft guide. It was during this transition that he hand built his own wooden kayak. He has not looked back since.

Your guide's areas of interest include connecting people to nature and wilderness survival skills. BD's wilderness skills will help keep you healthy, well rested, and comfortable in the wilderness.

“Too few people allow themselves to go on an adventure. But those who do … know how beneficial the experience is. Extended time on the water… that sense of river time has a way of changing us forever.”
- Dave Shively
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