Lake Charles Louisiana


Lake Charles Louisiana Travel, Tourist Information, Casinos, Things to Do

Lake Charles, the 5th largest city in Louisiana, is known for its Cajun and Creole culture, and its legendary Cajun cooking and fine cuisine.

Lake Charles Attractions

Lake Charles is considered the "Festival Capital" of Louisiana with its 75 annual festivals, from Mardi Gras early each year to the Contraband Days Pirate Festival later in the year.

Area gaming casinos include the L'Auberge Du Lac Casino Resort and the Isle of Capri Casino and Hotel.

In addition, nearby is the Delta Downs Racetrack, Casino and Hotel. A large petrochemical industry base also provides a part of the area economy.

Lake Charles is also the home of McNeese State University, and serves a large, regional retail area in Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas.

The Downtown Crawfish & Seafood Festival in Lake Charles

The Downtown Lake Charles Crawfish & Seafood Festival is being held on April 7-9, 2017 at the Lake Charles Civic Center in downtown Lake Charles. The event promotes awareness of the crawfish season, the history of the crawfish, and how the seafood industry has benefited Louisiana in the past 200 years.

Among the many events scheduled are the crawfish parade, crawfish pageant, carnival, art show and lots of great music.

Creole Nature Trail Video ... from Louisiana Travel

Lake Charles Hotels, Motels and Lodging

Location of Lake Charles

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Lake Charles is about 100 miles southwest from Alexandria via U.S. 165, and located strategically on I-10 and the Calcasieu River, as shown on the map below.

The parish seat of Calcasieu Parish, the City of Lake Charles is located near Sulphur, Westlake, Vinton, Iowa, Dequincy, Kinder, Jennings, Cameron and Holly Beach on the Gulf of Mexico.

For more information, contact the Southwest Louisiana Chamber of Commerce and Economic Alliance.

History of Lake Charles Louisiana

The first people to settle the lake were Mr. and Mrs. LeBleu of Bordeaux, France. They arrived in 1781 and built their home six miles east of the present site of Lake Charles, and known today as LeBleu Settlement.

On March 16, 1867 the area formerly known as Charleston was incorporated into the town of Lake Charles.

Rich in history, the Charpentier Historic District extends over 40 blocks of downtown Lake Charles, and includes one of the finest collections of Victorian architecture in Louisiana, dating from the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Vintage Postcard of Ryan Street, Lake Charles, La, Circa 1020s
Vintage Postcard of Ryan Street, Lake Charles, La, Circa 1020s

 

Ryan Street, Lake Charles, Louisiana ... Downtown, 1950s

 

Ryan Street, Lake Charles, Louisiana ... Downtown, 1950s

Ocean Going Steamer Loading Rice at Lake Charles, LA

Ocean Going Steamer Loading Rice at Lake Charles, LA

City Hall, earlier times, in Lake Charles, Louisiana

City Hall, earlier times, in Lake Charles, Louisiana

Bird's Eye view of Ryan Street, Looking South from Pujo Street, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Bird's Eye view of Ryan Street, Looking South from Pujo Street, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Scene on Lake Calcasieu, Skyline of Lake Charles in the distance

Lake Charles, Louisiana

Scene on Lake Calcasieu, Skyline of Lake Charles in the distance

Boat Club, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Boat Club, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Aerial view of the Calcasieu - Lake Charles highway bridge, U.S. 90 and I-10

Lake Charles, Louisiana

Aerial view of the Calcasieu - Lake Charles highway bridge, U.S. 90 and I-10

Hotel Chareston in Lake Charles, Louisiana

Hotel Chareston in Lake Charles, Louisiana

Chateau Charles Motel located in Lake Charles, Louisiana

Chateau Charles Motel located in Lake Charles, Louisiana

Crystal Courts ... The South's Most Modern Tourist Court, Highway 90, 2900 East Broad Street, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Crystal Courts ... The South's Most Modern Tourist Court, Highway 90, 2900 East Broad Street, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Sammy's ... Southwest Louisiana's finest restaurant and cocktail lounge, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Sammy's ... Southwest Louisiana's finest restaurant and cocktail lounge, Lake Charles, Louisiana

The Aragon Cafe & Drive Inn, 2501 E. Broad, Lake Charles, Louisiana

The Aragon Cafe & Drive Inn, 2501 E. Broad, Lake Charles, Louisiana

McNeese Junior College, Lake Charles, Louisiana

McNeese Junior College, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Lake Charles, Louisiana Map

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Lake Charles Links of Interest

L'Auberge Du Lac Casino Resort

Isle of Capri Casino and Hotel

Delta Downs Racetrack, Casino and Hotel

Southwest Louisiana Chamber of Commerce and Economic Alliance