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Sam Houston State Park


Park Contact Information: Sam Houston State Park, 107 Sutherland Rd., Lake Charles, LA, Phone: 337-855-2665, Toll Free: 888-677-7264, Reservations: 877-226-7652, Email: samhouston@crt.state.la.us


Directions:  From I-10 westbound at Lake Charles, take LA 171 north toward Deridder. Turn west onto LA 378, then north (right) onto Sam Houston Jones Parkway. From I-10 eastbound, take LA 378 east then north (left) onto Sam Houston Jones Parkway. GPS Coordinates: N 30 18.1246, W 93 15.5163.


Hours Of Operation: 6 a.m. till 9 p.m, Sunday thru Thursday, all park sites close at 10 p.m.Friday and Saturday.


Park Fees: Day visit $1 per person. Free for seniors (62 and older) and children age 3 and under.


Park History:

Louisiana's 37th Governor set aside a beautiful tract of land for the public to enjoy an afternoon of calm and peace of surrounding wildlife and nature's beauty, thus being named the Sam Houston State Park in his honor. Located just a short drive north of Lake Charles, LA; the park is a great bird watching area, as it lies north of the state's most productive birding region.


Nature's Overview:

The parks 1,087 acres provide abundant wildlife, lagoons filled with cypress trees, camping facilities, and hiking trails, along with plenty of water sports, as the Calcasieu river runs along the edge of this enchanting forest setting. A great location to take your children to learn about wildlife, as the park provides a wildlife education center to view squirrels, turtles, ducks, geese and deer that have been set up in a natural viewing area. Visitors may also catch a glimpse of nutria, gators, raccoon and fox while camping at one of the parks 12 vacation cabins, 62 campsites or those roughing it, can enjoy setting up camp at any of the facilities 19 tent sites.


Reservable Facilities:


Standard Cabins 6 available, 2 are ADA compliant $70/night, sleeps up to 6 people with 1 double bed and 2 bunk beds. Standard Cabins 6 available $70/night, sleeps up to 6 people with 1 double beds, 2 single beds and 1 sofa sleeper.


  • Camping: 42 Improved Campsites (water and electrical hookup) $16/night

  • 20 Premium Campsites (water, electrical and sewerage hookup) $18/night

  • 19 Improved Tent-only Campsites (water and electrical hookup) $16/night

  • Golden Age & Golden Access Passports: Visitors who hold a Golden Age or Golden Access Passport are entitled to a 50% reduction on camping fees at Louisiana State Parks. (Passport holders are allowed one site per passport). 

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