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Calcasieu River

 
Length: 200 miles (322 kilometers)

Calcasieu River (KAL-kuh-shoo), approximately 200 miles long, west central Louisiana; rising in Vernon parish, and flowing southeast into Rapides parish, then southwest into Allen parish, through Jefferson Davis parish, into the Calcasieu parish, and the city of Lake Charles. From the city of Lake Charles the river is paralleled on the west by the Calcasieu Ship Channel, which affords ship access to the city from the Gulf of Mexico 30 miles away, and barge access to Intracoastal Waterway 10 miles away. The river enters the large natural Calcasieu Lake and Cameron parish before exiting into Gulf through a 5-mile long channel.



CALCASIEU RIVER LAKES
Calcasieu Lake is a brackish lake located in southwest Louisiana, United States, located mostly within Cameron Parish. The lake is paralleled on its west shore by Louisiana Highway 27 and is located about 17 miles south of Lake Charles, Louisiana. The Lake is also known as Big Lake to the local population. Big Lake is well known amongst Gulf Coa...