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Shelling / Beaches

The 26 miles of Gulf beaches along the Creole Nature Trail are undeveloped and easily accessible, providing an excellent opportunity  for a wide range of water activities from swimming and tubing, to surf fishing shelling, birding and sun bathing. 

The beaches are also conveniently located only 45 minutes for Lake Charles.

Guide IconTake a look at our Shelling Guide.

ShellSince the beaches along the creole nature trail a relatively secluded they offer the perfect opportunity for finding shells without dealing with large crowds. Located west of the Mississippi Delta, they are constantly replenished by the "muddy river's" southeast tidal flow which carries rich deposits of driftwood and a wide variety of shells including whelks, cockles, angel wings, cat's eyes, olives, wentletraps, coquinas and periwinkles. The best part is that you can keep all the shells you find as souvenirs!

Low tide following a storm system offers prime shelling. With a little luck, you'll find a "Sea Bean" - a pod carried all the way from Central and South American forests.

Shelling along Gulf beaches in Lake Charles, Louisiana.