River Lagoon and Swampland Boat Tours
and Owner; Barry "Chop" Legé
"Chop" Legé comes from a Louisiana bayous family with a long
history of wildlife and lands management. Going
back for three generations, his family has been involved with lands and game management. His grandfather had
a hunting and fishing resort and also worked as a games warden.
Father and sons worked with his grandfather on the property. His
father also managed the famed McIIhenney 'Tabasco Sauce' family
properties. By his fathers side he learned subtle ins and outs
of birds and wildlife, such as knowing the health of the
environment, wildlife and birding flocks by the
types of calls
and sounds that a carefully trained ear can detect.
his family as wardens, he has worked for the preservation of
coastal wetlands in Louisiana and managed hunting and
fishing resorts along the coast of Louisiana.
In 1993 he moved to
Florida to start a wildlife boat tour on Lake Okeechobee through
the National Audubon Society's wildlife sanctuary. (The National
Audubon Society has a 28,500 acre sanctuary leased from the State
of Florida on the northwestern shore of Lake Okeechobee.)
the new business Swamp Land Tours Inc., Audubon asked if he
could represent them as a volunteer warden to interact with
the public in educating them on the preservation of habitats
Captain Legé founded C-O.k.e.e., (Conservation Center for
Lake Okeechobee, Kissimmee & Indian Rivers & Everglades
Education), a non-profit 501c3 organization whose goal is to
promote through education the preservation and conservation
of the environments of Lake Okeechobee, the Kissimmee and
Indian Rivers, and the Everglades.
Oceanographic Institute's Associate members became frequent
visitors to the boat and after having over 2000 members take
the trip he was approached by the organization to move is
operations to Harbor Branch in 1998 where he conducted
wildlife and nature cruises of the Indian River Lagoon, VIP
excursions of the environments on the campus plus other
areas of the state until June 2004.
Since June of
2004, Captain Legé
has been operating from the Fort Pierce, FL City Marina,
conducting guided education and entertaining tours of the
Indian River Lagoon (IRL) and Estuary to area school
children and general public.
boat, also known as "Gator" is a 37 foot twin pontoon vessel,
equipped and inspected to carry 37 passengers. It has twin 70 hp 4
stroke outboard engines, is covered overhead and is equipped with
all the necessary safety equipment.
swamp buggy is ready and waiting in our private land west of Fort
Pierce. It will hold 8 passengers and travel through some of the most
pristine untouched swampland in the State. You will be close to the
way Florida was at the time of the Seminole Indians. You will see
gators, bobcats, wild hogs, otters, wadding birds and much more.