Southwest Louisiana is known for its beautiful outdoor scenery and waterways. There are several ways that you can enjoy the great outdoors, even if you leave the kayaks, paddle boards,ski ropes, jet skis, and boats at home! Some of our outdoor rental companies offer guided tours that truly enhance your experience. Drift through lush marshlands and bayous at your own pace or get your feet on the pedals for a ride around downtown and the lakefront. Or, launch your boat into the Lake Area's many waterways for an day of fun with family and friends. Check out our outdoor rental/tour companies below to plan your playdate in Louisiana's Playground. 

Outdoors & Recreation

Kayaking in Lake Charles

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Southwest Louisiana's Guide to Paddling Adventures Southwest Louisiana has no shortage of waterways – shimmering lakes, meandering rivers, mysterious bayous, cypress swamps, and salt grass marshes – and where there is water, there are boats. Sailboats, motorboats, bass…

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