The region’s waterfronts are an untapped asset for quality of life and economic development. Exciting new projects like the Port Wonder Children’s Museum and Nature Center, Lake Area Adventures, and a new Crying Eagle Brewery restaurant will activate the Lake Charles lakefront. The city of Lake Charles's economic incentives helps to make future investments attractive. Making a transformative public investment in a continuous, public edge from the Lake Charles Civic Center, across the new I-10 bridge, to Westlake would connect over 5 miles of pedestrian promenades with vibrant restaurants, recreation, and entertainment activating the waterfront. A strong and activated waterfront can help contribute to additional organic growth along the I-10 corridor and North Lake Charles.
For years, the Lake Charles and Calcasieu River waterfronts have been discussed as opportunities for economic development and improving quality of life, but they remain underutilized. With the excitement around Port Wonder, Crying Eagle Brewery, Paul’s Rib Shack, Lake Area Adventures, and the new Calcasieu River Bridge, now is the time to invest. A new, pedestrian-friendly waterfront edge will attract new restaurants, shops, and recreation.
Cameron Parish is pursuing development along its bayous, lakes, and coastline that will enhance the quality of life and eco-nomic development. Waterfront development in Calcasieu Parish will also encourage and lay the groundwork for increasing ecotourism in Cameron by creating a gateway to water-based recreation and transportation for the region.