Hurricane Recovery Updates

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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Backyard Birding 101 🐦

"When the world is in chaos, just watch nature. It is always in perfect order." Since the majority of us are close to home right now practicing "social distancing," it's the perfect time to get in touch with your backyard. If you take note of it, you will see that life is carrying on in ways that…

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Moving On #VisitLakeCharles: Photo of the Month

I know I’m not alone with occasionally getting into a rut. (And by occasionally I mean more often than I’d like to admit!) It’s so easy to do the same thing every day or week. Getting comfortable with the usual. There’s hope! Every spring I cannot fight the urge to start up something new. Gardening…

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Going South: Birding in Lake Charles

Photos by Arlene Vidaurri Cain Southwest Louisiana is a bird lover’s paradise and designated as one of the Top 10 Birding/Birdwatch Destinations in the country – and with good reason. The region is home to more than 400 bird species. During fall, winter, and spring, the bird population soars as…

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Spring Birding Hot Spots (Part 2)

Being raised in the wetlands of Southwest Louisiana, I’ve grown up knowing some of the best places to find all sorts of birds. My family’s hunting camp deep in the marshes of Cameron Parish, accessible only by boat, has made it easy for me to be familiar with the area and to know where to find…

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Spring Birding in Southwest Louisiana (Part 1)

Looking back now, I don’t know that I’ve ever fully appreciated the incredible fortune of being raised in the wetlands of Southwest Louisiana. I consider myself lucky. Lucky to have a father who to this day spends his every free moment guiding his boat through the seemingly endless, winding trails…

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