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Calcasieu Parish

Calcasieu Parish MapNestled against the Sabine River, Calcasieu Parish is where Louisiana literally and figuratively meets the Lone Star State.  Originally occupied by nomadic Atakapas Indians, the area encompassed by modern Calcasieu Parish was first settled by pioneers of European ancestry in the 1790's.  From the 1790's until 1807, present-day Calcasieu Parish was part of the Opelousas District.

In 1807, the Opelousas District became St. Landry Parish.  DOTD Calcasieu Parish Tourism MapThirty-three years later, Calcasieu Parish was carved from St. Landry.  For much of its history, Calcasieu Parish was a ranching and logging area, and these industries have left an indelible imprint upon the character of the area's inhabitants.  In the twentieth century, the area surrounding Lake Charles became heavily industrialized.

The gaming industry emerged as a prominent feature of the local economic landscape in the 1990's.

by Carl A. Brasseaux and Alana A. Carmon

Principle Towns

De Quincy


Lake Charles

Moss Bluff




Calcasieu Parish Tourism Commission


Events and Festivals

Black Heritage Festival (Lake Charles)

Cajun French Music & Food Festival (Lake Charles)

Contraband Days (Lake Charles)

Iowa Rabbit Festival (Lake Charles)

Starks Mayhaw Festival

Lake Charles International Music and Cultural Festival

Louisiana Railroad Days Festival (DeQuincy)

Southwest Louisiana Christmas Lighting Festival (Lake Charles)

Historic Sites, Plantations & Museums

National Register of Historic Places

Brimstone Historical Society Museum (Sulphur)

DeQuincy Railroad Museum

Imperial Calcasieu Museum (Lake Charles)

Charpentier Historic District (Lake Charles)

Wildlife Preserves

Sabine Island Wildlife Management Area



Creole Nature Trail

Calcasieu Parish Public Library

Calcasieu Parish Courthouses

LSU AgCenter