About Our Community
At Lake Charles Memorial Health System, we are proud to serve such a rich
and diverse community. Calcasieu Parish and the surrounding community
of Lake Charles, Louisiana, has a French history extending back to its
early settlers. Lake Charles is 70 miles west of Lafayette and 3 hours
from New Orleans, located near the Texas border just 2 hours from Houston.
Southwest Louisiana has a thriving arts community, complete with exhibitions,
festivals celebrating the
theatre and more. Our rich
cultural history makes art and creativity an intrinsic part of life for those living in
Events and Festivals
There are many ways to enjoy local sounds and delicacies. Lake Charles, the
Festival Capital of Louisiana has more than 75 festivals and special events each year, including
Mardi Gras, the
Contraband Days Pirate Festival, the
Black Heritage Festival, the
Cajun French Music & Food Festival and the
food at one of our
culinary festivals or catch a
live concert just about every weekend!
View a calendar of events to see what’s going on in Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana.
Outdoor Activies and Recreation
There are many different ways to experience the sights and sounds of Southwest
Louisiana. From kayaks to bikes to pontoon boats. 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!
Some points of attraction and interest include:
Visit our area's
Convention and Visitor's Bureau website for more information about Lake Charles, Louisiana, Sportman's Paradise!