Lake Charles Community Overview

The I-210 Bridge Welcomes Visitors to Lake Charles


The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau recently embarked upon the task of showcasing not just "what" there is to experience in Southwest Louisiana, but really what it "feels" like to experience Southwest Louisiana through video. Listen to the original song from the homegrown artist Wendy Colonna.

Calcasieu Parish's rich history combined with a diversified economy and many recreational opportunities make Lake Charles a great place to live! Visitors to Lake Charles quickly fall in love with our cajun food and recreation. The people of Lake Charles have always known the value of locally sourced ingredients and down-home cooking in Southwest Louisiana which sets us apart with culinary delights Lake Charles Locals Amazing Food Choices. 

Take a Historical Tour of Lake Charles in this article which highlights the Lake Charles downtown area and Charpentier District. The Lake Charles Tourist Bureau has launched a great FREE Mobile App where visitors may view videos and historical tours about Lake Charles! Download Lake Charles Historic Tour from the App Store on your mobile device.

With the abundance of streams, rivers and lakes nearby metropolitan Lake Charles is often referred to as “The Lake Area.” and "Sportsman's Paradise". Serious anglers come from all over the country to pounce on the spotted sea trout found in Calcasieu Lake, a.k.a. the Big . Hunters and nature lovers, epic waterfowl-hunting and bird-watching opportunities are all abound in the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge.

Lake Charles is the home of McNeese State University, a four year fully accredited university, as well as Sowela Technical Community College, one of Louisiana's largest vocational schools. Lake Charles offers Vegas style gaming with L'Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles. Another new casino Golden Nugget Lake Charles has opened and is adjacent to the existing L'Auberge Casino.


City of Lake Charles

Southwest Louisiana Convention Visitors Bureau

McNeese State University

Calcasieu Parish Public Schools

Louisiana Sportsman's Paradise

L'Auberge du Lac Hotel & Casino

Banners Arts and Humanities Series

Lake Charles Symphony

Lake Charles Chuches

Creole Nature Trail

Equestrian Services

Lake Charles Racquet Club

Lake Charles Golf Courses


You will see why Lake Charles is 8th Most Happiest City in the United States after viewing local musician Sean Ardoin's Zydeco Happy!