The lowlands and bayous surrounding Lake Charles along the Creole Scenic Byway are full of egrets, herons and alligators. Fishermen and fishing boats by the dozen normally cram every waterway searching for crawdads, bass and other tasty critters. The farther south you go the more salt water you get from the Gulf of Mexico. Somewhere in between is a rough boundary of differing plant and animal life.
Contraband Days is a big festival held during the first 2 weeks of May each year. It is a festival celebrating a local legend. According to this legend, a pirate named Lafitte hid his treasure somehwere along the banks of Lake Charles while trying to flea from capture.
If you like to gamble, then this is your city. Numerous casino's and riverboat's can be found for entertainment pleasure.
See the travelogue for more on casino's
The thrill of winning or the despair of losing - which will it be for you? The food is great, hotel accomodations on site and great entertainment!
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Sabine National Wildlife Refuge
Includes a 1.5 mile marsh trail with superb views of wildlife, interpretation stations, and an observation tower. Very nice!