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Hurricane Delta made landfall on Oct. 9 in Southwest Louisiana, which was also recently impacted by Hurricane Laura on August 27. There is devastation to many properties, businesses and homes. Click the link for information on the destination in addition to helpful links to local media and agencies. Learn More

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Outdoors along the Creole Nature Trail

The summer months bring warm temperatures to Southwest Louisiana and plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. The Creole Nature Trail All-American Road offers a wide variety of activities that can be experienced easily, and at little to no cost at all! May through September is when crabbing…

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The Children's Museum is Open

Did you know that the Children's Museum in Lake Charles is open? Well, it is! And they have worked tirelessly to make sure that you have a fun and safe experience when you decide to bring your children. Plus with many schools having a delayed start to the school year, now is the perfect time to…

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#EatSWLA: Mardi Gras Boudin King Cake Recipe

The boudin king cake craze hit the Mardi Gras scene in 2014. It is the savory “sibling” to the season’s sweet treat of cream cheese and fruit-filled king cakes. With Lake Charles being the home to the Southwest Louisiana Boudin Trail, it is only right for us to share a recipe! • Too lazy to make one…

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SWLA Christmas: A to Z

Cooler weather, colorful Christmas lights, warm cups of hot chocolate, and the big guy himself, Santa Claus. It must be the holiday season! Southwest Louisiana has one festive collection of Christmas fun. Here’s a Cajun Christmas list from A to Z. A is for Amazing Decorations along Shell Beach Dr…

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All aboard SWLA!🚂

Soon Lake Charles will be in full swing of holiday cheer. Lights lining every tree and house, hot chocolate in the air and gumbo in the pot! Lake Charles is known for the iconic lights located at the Civic Center and Prien Lake Park, but what else comes to mind when you think about Christmas? A…

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Roast Pork and Tasso Gumbo Recipe

Makes 6 to 8 servings Ingredients 1 (4-pound) boneless Boston butt, untrimmed 3 tablespoons Cajun seasoning, divided 2 tablespoons kosher salt, divided 2 tablespoons ground black pepper, divided 3 tablespoons olive oil 10 ounces tasso ham, chopped 1 cup brown Stovetop Roux (recipe/instructions…

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