COVID 19 Guidelines

Governor John Bel Edwards has formally renewed the state's public health emergency. A statewide mask mandate has now been extended through September 29 for all people, regardless of vaccination status, if 6 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained indoors. Please be sure to have a mask with you when traveling. More Info

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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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Best Ways to Get Outdoors in Southwest Louisiana

National Get Outdoors Day will be taking place on June 8, 2019. Intended to highlight all the physical and mental benefits that come along with being active in nature, there are so many ways to celebrate the great outdoors here in Southwest Louisiana. Firstly, Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point is…

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Trip Advisor Says: Golfing in Lake Charles

Lucky for avid golfers, golfing is a year-round attraction in Southwest Louisiana. We’ve got everything you need for a perfect round of golf. Don’t believe us? Here’s what Trip Advisors reviewers had to say about the area’s six courses. “Great course, not crowded” The Country Club at the Golden…

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How to Clean Your Catch

Spring is a time when flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and the fish are biting! Here in Southwest Louisiana, we without-a-doubt have some of the best fishing around. Lake Charles’ proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and the rich marshlands along the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road…

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18 Outdoor Dining Options in Lake Charles

With cooler weather approaching, I like to combine my love for food and the outdoors by eating outside. This isn’t just reserved for backyard barbecues anymore, Lake Charles has plenty of restaurants that have adopted the concept as well. 1. 1910 Restaurant and Wine Bar Enjoy downtown Lake Charles…

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