Lake Charles, Louisiana




Lake Charles is located off Interstate-10 between Houston, TX and New Orleans, LA. Lake Charles makes up the

shores of the Calcasieu River just 30 miles upstream from the Gulf of Mexico. We are connected to the Gulf by

means of a deep-water ship channel and is the seat and port of entry of Calcasieu Parish.


Distance to Major Cities (in miles)

Baton Rouge 129.4

Dallas: 358.8

Houston: 142.8

New Orleans: 205.2


Lake Charles Map


City Demographics

2010 Population: 71,993

2000 MSA Population: 194,198

Square miles: 43.105

Square acres: 27,587


Parks and Trails

Creole Nature Trail - All American Road

Tuten Park

Veteran's Memorial Park

Bord du Lac Park

Lakefront Promenade



Central School Arts & Humanities Center

1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center

Children's Museum of Lake Charles

Imperial Calcasieu Museum

Mardi Gras Museum


Festivals & Fairs

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras of Imperial Calcasieu

Black Heritage Festival

Southwest Louisiana Garden Festival

Contraband Days

Downtown at Sundown

Texas/Louisiana Crawfish Festival

Red, White, Blue & You July 4th Celebration

Cajun French Music & Food Festival

Bayou Blues & Zydeco Festival

Lake Charles Gatorman Triathlon

International Music & Food Festival

Arts Fest

Veteran's Day Parade

SWLA Christmas Lighting Festival

New Year's Eve Pops

Natchitoches Christmas Lighting