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Sam Houston Jones State Park

107 Sutherland Road, Lake Charles, Louisiana 70611 USA

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  • Wifi
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“Tree Filled Lagoons and Abundant Wildlife!”

Originally named for the Texas folk hero who traveled extensively in the western reaches of Louisiana, Sam Houston Jones was given its current name in honor of the state's 37th governor, who was instrumental in setting aside this tract of land for the public to enjoy for both day-use and overnight visitors. Because the caretakers of this 1,087-acre park have worked to keep the land in its natural state, abundant wildlife inhabits the area. Tree-filled lagoons and a mixed pine and hardwood forest combine to create a unique natural environment. The park is located just north of the most productive birding region of Louisiana. The bird watching is always excellent, but at certain times of year, nearly 200 species of birds can be seen at or within 30 miles of the site. The numerous waterways in this area make water sports a natural highlight at the park. Two boat launches are conveniently located on the West Fork of the Calcasieu River, providing access to the Gulf of Mexico, only a few miles away. But it's not necessary to fish to enjoy the water. Rental boats are available those who simply wish to take in the serene beauty of the park's ponds. The three hiking trails winding through this beautiful park make strolling or serious hiking, pleasurable. Particularly interesting is the old stagecoach road, which hikers may travel to explore the park and the banks of the various tributaries to the Calcasieu River.

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April 22, 2014

One of my favorite places to visit. I love that it's only a few miles from my house, too. :)

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June 02, 2022
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If you’re looking for an adventure, Sam Houston Jones State Park is a great place to visit. It has plenty of activities in the great outdoors to keep you busy and lets you explore everything the area has to offer.

With miles of hiking and biking trails and opportunities for canoeing, fishing, and bird watching, the park has something for everyone. With its scenic views of Lake Charles and the surrounding bayous, the park is also a great place to relax and take in the beautiful scenery.

Whether you’re looking for an adventure or just a peaceful escape, add Sam Houston Jones State Park to your list of things to do in Lake Charles.

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January 07, 2021

Closed until further notice due to hurricane. Pretty devastated area

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Sam Houston Jones State Park

107 Sutherland Road
Lake Charles, Louisiana
70611 USA


Open now until 9:00 pm
  • Sun - Thu: 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Fri, Sat: 6:00 am - 10:00 pm

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