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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.

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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Gin Blossoms is an American rock band formed in 1987 in Tempe, AZ. They first came to notice with the song "Hey Jealousy" from their first major label album, New Miserable Experience. Read More →
If you’re interested in feasting on savory dishes prepared by local food enthusiats from the ameteur to the professional who enjoy hunting and fishing, then you will want to purchase Read More →
Delbert McClinton is an American blues, rock, and electric blues singer-songwriter, guitarist, harmonica player, and pianist. Active as a sideman since 1962 and as a band leader since Read More →
Are you ready, Lake Charles? The Arts Council of SWLA, the City of Lake Charles, and Deep South Production will present the fifth season of Live @ the Lakefront , a free Read More →
The final concert of the season returns to the Rosa Hart Theatre on Saturday, April 1, 7:30 PM . A surprise special guest conductor will lead the orchestra in Trevor Jones’ Read More →
Michael McDonald has been thrilling listeners with his distinctively soulful style for four decades. From '70s-era Doobie Brothers classics such as "What A Fool Believes" and solo hits Read More →
Louisiana Railroad Days Festival is an alcohol-free, family friendly, three day festival. There is no admission fee or parking fee (there is a fee for carnival rides). The Louisiana Railroad Read More →
Acrobats of Cirque-tacular is a heart-stopping mind-boggling display of artistry and athleticism. Discover all the wow factor and star quality of the circus tent, concert hall, and Read More →
CyPhaCon is returning for our 7th year at the Lake Charles Civic Center! For ticket info, click a Read More →
CyPhaCon is pleased to announce the return of our official Convention Pub Crawl celebrating its 2nd year! All CyPhaCon Attendees over the age of 21 can Read More →
Tickets will be sold at Civic Center box office Saturday 10am to 9pm after the advance ticket deadline is over. Tickets can be purchased on Friday at 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 →
It’s time for The Dirtiest Party in Town! Once again, Nissan of Lake Charles and 171 Chrysler Dodge Jeep are showcasing their support for health and wellness within our community by Read More →
The 42nd Annual Palm Sunday Tour of Homes will feature homes throughout historic Lake Charles with gracious homeowners sharing their gardens and interiors on Palm Sunday, Read More →
Kick-off the City of Lake Charles Sesquicentennial Celebration with this trio of events on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Opening of the Centennial Time Read More →