You can stand on the levees and fish from there with only shoes. The water is deep enough to use waders. A pirogue works good, but keep in mind that from where you park your truck to where the ponds are is about 600 yards. You will need to figure out how to get the pirogue to the water. I put mine across the back rack of my 4 wheeler. Before I had an atv we would use our bicycles to ride from the parking lot to the ponds. Less is more out there. Traps (no more than 12-18), bait,book bag(back pack) with drinks and snacks, bucket, stick, and a sack. Any more than that and you will be a slave to your gear. I cut my bait into pieces at my house before I go. Makes things easier. I like to fish the first pond you get to right along the road. There is some concrete on the bank. Fish right there and head down that bank. There's a restroom 200 yards from that spot. Good luck. Have fun. I'm waiting 2 more weeks before I go.