Sam Houston Jones State Park Paddling

Sam Houston Jones State Park

Western Acadiana, Louisiana

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Sam Houston Jones State Park Paddling


  • Calcasieu West Fork River.- Sam Houston Jones State Park Paddling
  • Getting pumped for a day on the water.- Sam Houston Jones State Park Paddling
  • You can put on the water right from the picnic area, or from the nearby boat ramp.- Sam Houston Jones State Park Paddling
  • Peaceful day on the Calcasieu.- Sam Houston Jones State Park Paddling
  • Pulled over to rest on shore.- Sam Houston Jones State Park Paddling
  • Cypress knees are abundant throughout.- Sam Houston Jones State Park Paddling
  • Heading upstream on Calcasieu West Fork.- Sam Houston Jones State Park Paddling
  • Hints of green in early spring.- Sam Houston Jones State Park Paddling
  • Dark water flowing out of a lagoon.- Sam Houston Jones State Park Paddling
  • Admiring spring green coming to the cypress limbs.- Sam Houston Jones State Park Paddling
Overview + Weather
Multiple water bodies.
Houses along river. Lagoons may be dry.
Western Acadiana, LA
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Site characteristics: Water: 
Motorized watercraft allowed: 
Year round: 
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Portage required: 
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Put-in location (lat, long coordinates): 
30.294526, -93.265704
Shuttle required: 
Take-out location (lat, long coordinates): 
30.294526, -93.265704
Total Distance: 
1.00 mi (1.61 km)
Trail type: 
Typically multi-day: 
Water difficulty: 
Easy / Class A
Water temperature: 
140.00 °F (60.00 °C)
Current Local Weather:
Paddle Description

Paddle Description

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Sam Houston Jones State Park is a recreation hotspot in the Lake Charles area, loved for its diversity of activities and overnight camping. Paddling is right up there with hiking, biking, and fishing as one of the best ways to spend a day or weekend here. The park contains three cypress-filled lagoons that are perfect for a calm paddle in shallow water surrounded by greenery and wildlife. Two of the lagoons are along the road near the picnic area, and they are very easy to access with a canoe or paddleboard. The third and largest is east of these and reached by a short walk through the woods or from the campground. They are not always full, however, because they may be drained or dried up depending on the time of year.

There is also the river, which is always available for paddling. This is the Calcasieu West Fork which forms one boundary of the park. Current is noticeable but easy enough to paddle against, so you can travel out and back in either direction. You will pass homes and private docks along the river, but boat traffic is normally low and there is still plenty of natural forest lining the rest of the banks. You can easily put on from the park's boat ramp, or from the low-walled bank at the picnic area. On both the river and the lagoons you are likely to see a lot of southern Louisiana's native residents like deer, herons, egrets, waterfowl, and turtles.

This paddle adventure was equipped by and published in collaboration with Bote Boards.

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