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There are several different ways to experience the sights and sounds of Lake Charles, Southwest Louisiana. Enjoy Lake Charles and the waterways on everything from paddle boards, kayaks, jet skis, canoes, to pontoons. Tour the downtown and historic districts in a carriage or on a leisurely bike ride. You choose what fits you! While you're at it, don't forget to experience the Creole Nature Trail, All-American Road. Hop on an airboat and explore the lush marsh or enjoy a guided tour with the Grosse Savanne Eco-Tours.

 

Birding in Lake Charles

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The Creole Nature Trail is annually home to more than 400 bird species, making it one of the Top 10 Birding/Birdwatch Destinations in the country. Year-round you will be treated to a seemingly endless array of raptors, waterfowl, wading birds and shorebirds residing in this lush environment. To experience our exotic birds and waterfowl up close, try Grosse Savanne Eco-Tours.

Population Peaks

During the fall, winter, and spring, the Creole Nature Trail bird population soars as hundreds of thousands of migrating birds make their annual migration following the Central and the Mississippi Flyways.

Report/View Sightings

To learn how to set up your own eBird account and start reporting your observations from the Creole Nature Trail, please click here

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Events

Events

On Saturday, October 20th, ArtsFest returns to engage area children in a free arts festival at the Lake Charles Civic Center’s Exhibition Hall. This long-running event, hosted annually by the Read More →
Sulphur’s annual Cal-Cam Fair is a fall tradition for many Southwest Louisiana residents - and for good reason. Sponsored by the Cal-Cam Fair Association, the 94-year-old fair will take place Read More →
The 5th annual Chuck Fest - Saturday, October 20, 2018. FESTivities will kick off at noon and continue through the night, with live music, food, art and more! Read More →
On Saturday, October 20, the Lake Charles Civic Center will come to life at the eighth annual Culture Fest Louisiana, which will celebrate the diversity of Southwest Louisiana with food, Read More →
"The Haunted Ship - Lake Charles" Set to Open Friday, 28 September at the USS ORLECK Naval Museum Read More →