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Outdoor Recreation

There are many different ways to experience the sights and sounds of Southwest Louisiana. From kayaks to bikes to pontoons, check through the list below to see which is right for you. While you're at it, don't forget to experience the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road. See alligators, ride airboats and experience the natural splendor of Louisiana's coastal marshlands.

 Outdoor Adventures Itinerary

Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana offers lush hunting grounds and glistening waters filled with fish, from freshwater to the saltwater shores of the Gulf of Mexico, lapping up onto sand and shell beaches. Birding is top notch, with Southwest Louisiana located along the Mississippi Central Flyways meaning that hundreds of thousands of waterfowl winter here. Fishing is a year round affair with bass, crappie, redfish, and panfish - perfect for any Cajun dish! Crabbing is a local pastime, and anyone can join in the fun.

You will also want to check out Sam Houston Jones State Park or stroll out onto the Wetland Walkway at the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge for an up close view of alligators and the majesty of the marsh. The Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center has interactive displays so you can experience stories of animated Cajun characters, T'Maurice and Tante Marie!

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Live at the Lakefront is a free outdoor concert series hosted by the Arts Council of SWLA and the City of Lake Charles, featuring a variety of Louisiana musicians, an eclectic art market, and Read More →
Singer, songwriter, and Grammy winner Michael Bolton will bring his soulful voice and poignant lyrics to the Grand Event Center at Golden Nugget on Friday, March 23 at 8:30 PM. Bolton’s Read More →
SATURDAY, MARCH 24, 2018 | 7 PM F.G. Bulber Auditorium, McNeese State University $20 Adults | $5 Children (under 18) | Free to McNeese and Sowela Students with current ID a Read More →
Singer, songwriter, actress and entrepreneur Olivia Newton John will perform in the Grand Event Center at Golden Nugget Lake Charles on Saturday, March 24 at 8:00 PM. She is best known for Read More →
The 43rd Annual Palm Sunday Tour of Homes will feature homes throughout historic Lake Charles with gracious homeowners sharing their gardens and interiors Read More →
Amarillo, Texas native Kevin Fowler will perform at Golden Nugget Lake Charles on Friday, March 30 at 8:30 PM in the Grand Event Center. Fowler has released five studio albums and charted four Read More →
Tired of Easter activities being only for kids? Join us at the Bayou Rum Distillery in Lacassine, LA for a special Adult Only Easter Egg Hunt on the distillery grounds. Come out on Read More →
Smash Mouth is an American rock band from San Jose, California. The band was formed in 1994 and are known for songs such as "Walkin' on the Sun" ,"All Star" and a cover of Read More →
Friday-Sunday, April 6-8, CyPhaCon is bringing another convention to Southwest Louisiana in its long stream of exceptional Sci-Fi/Fantasy & Gaming culture conventions. Formed by a group of Read More →
Chaka Khan is an American recording artist whose career has spanned five decades, beginning in the 1970’s as the lead vocalist and focal point of the funk band Rufus. Known Read More →
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and the Friends of the Southwest Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge Complex and Wetlands are working with Read More →
The Louisiana Railroad Days Festival is a family orientated celebration of the railroad industry and the impact it had on the City of DeQuincy. Admission is free and it is an alcohol free Read More →
The Original DownTown Lake Charles Crawfish Festival - the SPICIEST Event in Southwest Louisiana - promotes awareness of the crawfish season, the history of it, and how the seafood industry Read More →
Established in 1992 after 25 years of being the St. John Bosco Church Bazaar, the Westlake Family Fun & Food Festival started as a small town festival bringing the community together for Read More →
Guests will enjoy champagne punch with a table service lunch while listening to music by The Barbe High School Buccaneer String Orchestra. Eight games of bingo will follow, with Joseph Frazier Read More →