Sam Houston Jones State Park - Louisiana Office of State Parks
Sam Houston Jones State Park
Sutherland Road, Lake Charles, LA 70611
337-855-2665 or 888-677-7264
For reservations, call 1-877-CAMP-N-LA (877-226-7652) toll
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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. Coordinates: 30.299869,-93.256068.
Hours of Operation: Site is open daily. Gates open at 6
a.m. and close at 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and at 10 p.m. on
Friday, Saturday and days preceding holidays.
April-September,entrance station is open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.;
October-March, entrance station is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Entrance Fees: $2 per person; Free for Seniors (62 and
older) and children age 3 and under
Complete listing of
available facilities and activities
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Originally named for the Texas
folk hero who traveled extensively in the western reaches of Louisiana, Sam
Houston Jones was given its current name in honor of the state's 37th governor,
who was instrumental in setting aside this tract of land for the public to enjoy
for both day-use and overnight visitors.
Because the caretakers of this 1,087-acre park have worked to keep the land
in its natural state, abundant wildlife inhabits the area. Tree-filled lagoons
and a mixed pine and hardwood forest combine to create a unique natural
environment. The park is located just north of the most productive birding
region of Louisiana. The bird watching is always excellent, but at certain times
of year, nearly 200 species of birds can be seen at or within 30 miles of the
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.
But it's not necessary to fish to enjoy the water. Rental
boats are available those who simply wish to take in the serene beauty of
the park's ponds.
The three hiking trails winding through this beautiful
park make strolling or serious hiking, pleasurable. Particularly interesting is
the old stagecoach road, which hikers may travel to explore the park and the
banks of the various tributaries to the Calcasieu River.
Cabins: Basic cookware,
cooking utensils, dinnerware, silverware, towels and linens are provided. Bring
your own food and personal supplies. (click here for facility pictures
and layouts) (map)
||12 available, 2 are ADA compliant
||$85/night, sleeps up to 6 people; with either 1 double bed and 2 bunk
beds or 1 queen bed and 2 bunk beds|
||1 available, ADA compliant
||$160/night, Oct-Mar; $180/night on Fridays & Saturdays, Apr-Sept; sleeps up to 14 people with 2 queen beds, a queen sofa sleeper and 4 bunk
of sites 1-6) (map
of sites 10-22) (map
of sites 23-43) (map
of sites 44-62)
|39 Improved Campsites (water and electrical hookup)
||$18/night, Oct-Mar; $22/night, Apr-Sept|
|20 Premium Campsites (pull-through sites with water and electrical
||$20/night, Oct-Mar; $28/night, Apr-Sept|
|19 Improved Tent-only Campsites (water and electrical hookup) (map
of tent campsites 1-19)
||$18/night, Oct-Mar; $22/night, Apr-Sept|
|America the Beautiful Senior and Access Passes (formerly
Golden Age & Golden Access Passports) (Available through the
National Park Service. Click here for more information)|
Holders of the Passes,
whose state of residence also
honors the America the Beautiful pass, are entitled to a 50% reduction on
camping fees at Louisiana State Parks. (Passport holders are allowed one
site per passport).
Additional Information About Overnight Facilities
Rental Boats (State Park operated rentals)
|Boat Rentals Temporarily Discontinued|
Due to excessive vegetation in the lake, the park will discontinue boat rentals until conditions are safe for boat traffic. We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause.
||$15 per day
||includes 2 paddles and 3 life jackets|
- Additional life jackets can be rented for $1 each where available
- Price varies with concessionaire rentals - please contact site to
check availability and rates
|Trails at Sam Houston Jones State Park:
Riverwalk Trail -- 1.6 miles
Cypress Tupelo Trail -- 1/2 mile
Swamp Walk Trail -- 1.1 miles
Longleaf Pine Trail -- 3-1/2 miles
Longleaf Pine Extension -- 1.3 miles
||Bob Rodgers Memorial Disc Golf Course:
Sam Houston Jones SP offers disc golf; the course is located near the trailhead of the Longleaf Pine Trail. Click HERE for
a full-size map.
Professional Disc Golf Assn.
Disc Golf Rules
A Birder's Guide to Louisiana gives directions to over 100 areas for birding throughout the state, includes maps, Louisiana specialties, and contains beautiful photography and checklists of Louisiana birds and other wildlife. The Guide was produced through a partnership between the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area and the American Birding Association.
South Toledo Bend State Park (16 miles
west of Anacoco, off LA Hwy. 191) - Set on the scenic bluffs of the southern end
of the Toledo Bend Reservoir, the park offers cabins, campsites, a visitor
center with meeting room facilities and a paved nature trail. A boat launch
provides a route to some of the best fishing in the nation.
Creole Nature Trail National Scenic Byway - A 105- mile driving
and walking tour touching four state and national wildlife refuges and a bird
sanctuary. Along the way you can take a chance at fishing, crabbing, shelling,
just strolling the beaches, or observing the birds in the largest birding area
in the South. You can expect to see beautiful marsh flowers in season,
alligators, and marsh animals along the way.
Sabine National Wildlife Refuge (Hwy 27 south, Hackberry) -
This 125,000-acre wildlife refuge preserves a large block of coastal marsh. A
Visitors Center displays a diorama and exhibits. A one-mile paved nature trail
is open to the public.
Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge (10 miles south of
Holmwood, 1428 Hwy 27, Bell City near Lake Charles) - The refuge offers a
Visitor Center with wildlife dioramas, a Cajun Robot, wetlands scenery, and many
species of birds. A wildlife drive is included.
Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge (Lake Arthur) - Featuring
more than 30,000 acres of freshwater marsh, the area offers fantastic views of
wading birds and thousands of wintering ducks and geese. Fishing and hunting are
Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge (On LA 82 south of Lake Charles) -
The 84,000 acres of coastal marshland offer a refuge for ducks and geese and a
resting place for transient birds on their way to Central and South America. It
is an excellent bird watching location.