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Sam Houston Jones State Park, Lake Charles

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Sam Houston Jones State Park is a park near the city of Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish, in southwestern Louisiana (USA) located at the confluence of the Houston and Calcasieu Rivers and Indian Bayou. It consists of 1,087 acres (440 ha) of woodlands, lakes and rivers. Prominent in the park are many bald cypress trees. Tree-filled lagoons and a mixed pine and hardwood forest combine to create a unique natural environment. The area hosts an abundance of wildlife, including deer, squirrels, bobcats, rabbits, alligators, otters, nutria rats, raccoons, foxes, and diverse bird life. Ducks and geese are usually found swimming in the ponds.

Originally named for Sam Houston, the Texas folk hero who traveled extensively in the western reaches of Louisiana, its current name is in honor of former Louisiana governor Sam Houston Jones, who was instrumental in setting aside this tract of land for the public to enjoy. Facilities include campsites, cabins, a boat launch, rental boats, a scenic picnic area with pavilions, a playground and restrooms.

The site is located in the Central Migratory Flyway and just north of the most productive birding region in Louisiana. In the spring and fall, migratory patterns bring nearly 200 bird species within 30 miles (50 km) of the park 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. Rental boats are available those who simply wish to take in the serene beauty of the park's ponds or for fishing.

The three hiking trails winding through this beautiful park make strolling or serious hiking, pleasurable. Hikers may visit the old stagecoach road to explore the park and the banks of the various tributaries to the Calcasieu River.

Hours of Operation are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday. All park sites close at 10 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and days preceding holidays.

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Sam Houston Jones State Park reviews

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  • Go camping here! Great place and plenty of space to camp. We have a 36 ft travel trailer and there was tons of space and lots of hiking. Fire wood everywhere that you can pick up and burn. Free... 
    Go camping here! Great place and plenty of space to camp. We have a 36 ft travel trailer and there was tons of space and lots of hiking. Fire wood everywhere that you can pick up and burn. Free...  more »
  • We went here on our honey moon in 1975 and then again many times after. We haven't been back since the hurricane so things may have changed. 
    We went here on our honey moon in 1975 and then again many times after. We haven't been back since the hurricane so things may have changed.  more »
  • We took family photos there a few years ago. They turned out very nicely. They have a pier that you can walk out over the swamps, little bridges here and there. There was an gentleman that went out... 
    We took family photos there a few years ago. They turned out very nicely. They have a pier that you can walk out over the swamps, little bridges here and there. There was an gentleman that went out...  more »
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  • Was here in 2019. Was a nice place, kinda old, lots of trees, deer, and leaves everywhere. Saw the recent reviews of how decimated it was from the Hurricane, well I was pleasantly surprised. The campground is pretty sparse but they rebuilt it 10x better. Full hookups, laundry, all paved and nice. The bayou area looks hardly effected so is absolutely gorgeous. Had a great 5 days...you should check it out for sure
  • This park just recently reopened after rebuilding the campground and the cabins after the destruction from hurricane Laura two years ago. The new cabins are very nice. And the full hookups in the RV campground are a welcomed addition, but the lack of trees (which were all downed in the hurricane) means it will be unbearable during the summer months. Overall it is a beautiful park and convenient to the Lake Charles area.
  • What am amazing job they have done reopening this park. There's more still to be done but you can see the care and be effort they put into it. The campground turned out great. There is landscaping yet to be done but we what a great place.
  • This is an amazing park. So clean and the employees are very nice and helpful. Fishing is very good and a few different play areas for the kids. Will definitely stay here again.
  • I enjoyed seeing the beautiful trees and the cool plants, we even saw a baby alligator! The only reason I am giving it 4 stars is because the map doesn't seem too accurate and we coudent figure out where we were for a while. Other than that though, It was an amazing experience!

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