LAKE CHARLES, La. (October 23, 2014)- The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau has recently printed three new brochures that add to the visitor experience along the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road.

The "Wild Side" brochure provides information on the various kinds of wildlife that can be found along the trail, including detailing the habitats best suited for certain species. While alligators are often thought of in Southwest Louisiana, bobcats, muskrats, otters, rabbits, deer, raccoon and turtles are also found in the region.

The Wildflower brochure helps tourists identify some of the more prominent wildflowers they are likely to encounter in Southwest Louisiana. The brochure lists plants that are common along roadsides, in the marsh, near the beach and Chenier ridges and prairies.

The Fish and Seafood brochure identifies peak times to fish, as well as the freshwater, inland saltwater and offshore saltwater species most commonly caught in Southwest Louisiana. The map also features 52 boat launches throughout Southwest Louisiana and a website for local charter guides.

To download the brochures, log on to Copies of the brochures are also available at the Welcome Center at 1205 N. Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, LA.

The Creole Nature Trail All-American Road is a National Scenic Byway and the only All-American Road in the Gulf South. This scenic driving trail became one of the first National Scenic Byways in the country when the U.S. Federal Highway Administration began bestowing the designation in 1996. In 2002, the Trail applied for and received its All-American Road status, meaning it is a destination unto itself. Today, it is one of only 43 roads to receive this elite status. The Creole Nature Trail is Southwest Louisiana's number one tourist attraction next to gaming, and it brings hundreds of thousands of visitors to explore Louisiana's Outback each year.