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Sam Houston Jones State Park

Lake Charles

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Sam Houston Jones State Park has over 1,000 acres of lakes, trees, and rivers. It is a camper's paradise. Tree-filled lagoons and a mixed pine and hardwood forest combine to create a unique natural environment. The area hosts an abundance of wildlife including squirrels, bobcats, rabbits, alligators, otters, nutria rats, raccoons, foxes, and diverse birdlife. The park also has a herd of deer kept in a special area of the park. Sam Houston Jones State Park is an excellent spot for bird watching with nearly 200 species brought in by the migratory patterns in the spring and fall. Ducks and geese are usually found swimming in the ponds.

The numerous waterways in this area make water sports a natural highlight at the park. Two boat launches are conveniently located on the West Fork of the Calcasieu River, providing access to the Gulf of Mexico, only a few miles away. But it's not necessary to fish to enjoy the water. 

The three hiking trails winding through this beautiful park make strolling or serious hiking, pleasurable. Particularly interesting is the old stagecoach road, which hikers may travel to explore the park and the banks of the various tributaries to the Calcasieu River. This tract of land can be enjoyed for both day-use and overnight visitors

Camping

Camping sites range from $18 - $35 per night and cabins are $85/$95 per night. Admission varies depending on type of accommodations. Visitors pay $3 per person. 62 RV spaces, 2 pavilions (1 holds 60 and 1 holds 100), 8 cabins, and a lodge that can accommodate up to 14.

Boat Launch

  • Water Type: Freshwater
  • Access Type: Two launches with access to West fork of the Calcasieu River
  • Type of fish typically caught near this launch: bass

State Fees and Reservation Information

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    Business Continuity
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    • Hours of Operation: Temporarily Closed to public due to Hurricane Laura & Hurricane Delta damage
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    • Special Notes: 10.13.2020 Update from LA Office of State Parks: Hurricane Laura caused severe damage to the property and buildings at Sam Houston Jones and Hurricane Delta didn’t help in the clean-up and restoration process. It’s slow going to find loggers to remove and process trees in the Lake Charles area. We do not expect to reopen Sam Houston Jones State Park this year. The park lost over 90 percent of its trees which have yet to be removed from the site. All but one of the cabins were destroyed and other buildings were damaged. Besides the tress that have come down, there are more along trails, etc. that need to be removed. There is no date for a public opening at this time.
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