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A gorgeous sunset in the Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge
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As the city’s name suggests, Lake Charles is home to a beautiful lake, but it is also surrounded by several inland waterways and Gulf of Mexico beaches.

An abundance of birds and animals make their homes along the waterfront, providing a feast for the eyes. While visiting, be sure to try catching your own Louisiana blue crabs, or test your fishing skills from the shore or a boat. Those who want help catching fish will find a plethora of professional fishing guides to lead the way.

Absorb the Beauty of a Scenic Byway

Travel the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road through an area known as Louisiana’s Outback and see firsthand why it was designated one of the USA’s first Scenic Byways. At Adventure Point in Sulphur, plot your itinerary. Bring your camera and some snacks, as well as binoculars for birding; you’ll want to make the most of the four- to six-hour tour that leads south to the Gulf of Mexico and back north to Lake Charles. More than 400 bird species can be seen along the trail each year. Good places to spot birds – and alligators! – include the Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge and Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge. Head to the Gulf of Mexico coastline, and try surf fishing or searching for seashells at Rutherford Beach. Have time to stay overnight? Camp at Sam Houston Jones State Park, and see deer, bobcats and nutria while hiking an old stagecoach road along tributaries that feed the Calcasieu River. Or rent a kayak to explore serene waterways, including the Intracoastal and the Calcasieu River.

Spot an alligator along the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road

Spot an alligator along the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road
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