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Cameron Parish

Carved out of Calcasieu Parish on March 15, 1870, Cameron Parish encompasses a 1,445 square mile area.  Cameron Parish, which has a population of 9,991 (2000 census), is home to flourishing oil and gas, fur and trapping, fishing, and truck farming industries.Cameron Parish Map

Cameron Parish is perhaps best known for the devastation caused by Hurricane Audrey in 1957.  On June 27,1957, Hurricane Audrey slammed onto the the parish's shores, with winds of up to 144 mph.  The category 4 hurricane left behind massive destruction and nearly destroyed the parish's principal town.  The only thing that seemed untouched was the town courthouse, which served as home for many people until the parish was rebuilt.  Audrey killed approximately 500 persons and inflicted hundreds of injuries.

Cameron Parish's principal tourist attraction consists of The Creole Nature Trail National Science Byway.  The first National Byway in the Gulf South, this 180-mile-long trail traverses the Louisiana coastal marsh.DOTD Cameron Parish Tourism Map  The byway provides the greatest access to Louisiana's beautiful and distinctive coastal marshlands.  Like the Florida Everglades, the wetlands along the byway are carpeted with gorgeous verdure.  Marinas, fishing and crabbing venues, bird watching, boat launches, and lodging are available in the wetlands area.

by Richelle Turner and Alana A. Carmon

 

Principle Towns

Cameron

Grand Chenier

Hackberry

Holly Beach

Oak Grove

Cameron Parish Tourism Commission

 

Events and Festivals

The Louisiana Fur and Wildlife Festival (Cameron)

The Alligator Harvest Festival (Grand Chenier)

 

Historic Sites, Plantations & Museums

National Register of Historic Places

Wildlife Preserves

Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge

Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge

Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge

Sabine National Wildlife Refuge

Lagniappe

Creole Nature Trail

Cameron Parish Library

Cameron Parish Courthouses

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