Sam Houston Jones State Park RV & Campground Guide

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When Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote the first line to his epic poem "Evangeline," he pictured Nova Scotia's wilds. "This is the forest primeval" rings across the centuries as a call to preserve the vision European colonists found in the Americas. Though the location is different and the forest's trees are of another species, this line describes Sam Houston Jones State Park quite well. Located at the Houston and Calcasieu rivers' confluence as they drift into the Indian Bayou, the park is an excellent example of what the original explorers discovered here. Abundant wildlife flourishes in the 1,087-acre park, with up to 200 species of birds visiting yearly. Visitors flock to the park from nearby Lake Charles, LA, and citizens as far as Lafayette claim it as their own.

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Summer 72-92 F
Fall 50-88 F
Winter 42-65 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Sam Houston Jones State Park

Moving a family during a vacation from one spot to another is easy in an RV. You have the same amenities you have at home—beds, range, shower, microwaves, and everything else you need for a comfortable stay. To experience the comfort of camping in an RV, visit this Lake Charles, LA, site to find one to rent near the park.

Sam Houston Jones State Park Campground

Sam Houston Jones State Park Campground offers 62 spacious RV campsites with picnic tables. The park provides a dump station so that guests can clean their waste tanks. Restrooms with flush toilets are provided for all visitors' convenience, and bathhouses with hot showers make life more comfortable even during the heat of the summer. The campgrounds are placed beside the famous lagoon with its tall cypress trees, wildlife, and fishing opportunities.

  • Water Hookup: Yes
  • Electric Hookup: 30/50 amps
  • Sewer Hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi Available: No
  • Pet-Friendly: Yes
  • Fee: $20 to $33 per night

Whispering Meadow RV Park

Whispering Meadow RV Park, only four miles northwest of Sam Houston Jones State Park, offers 89 RV campsites. Of those sites, 47 are pull-thru with concrete pads, 17 are back-ins with concrete pads, and 25 are back-ins with crushed stone pads. The park supplies a dump station so that visitors can clean their waste tanks at arrival and when leaving. At a central location in the 10-acre park, a large building houses the restrooms and hot showers. Two laundry facilities sit at each end of the RV camping area. Guests receive a free 48-channel cable TV feed.

  • Water Hookup: Yes
  • Electric Hookup: 20/30/50 amp
  • Sewer Hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi Available: Yes
  • Pet-Friendly: Yes
  • Fee: $42 to $49 per night

Hidden Ponds RV Park

Hidden Ponds RV Park sits 12 miles west of Sam Houston Jones State Park. The park features 159 RV campsites, 104 of which are pull-thru sites with concrete pads capable of handling rigs up to 65 feet in length. The remainder is a mix of concrete and graveled back-in sites that can handle rigs up to 40 feet in length. Each site comes with a picnic table and a fire ring. Warm showers and restrooms with flush toilets are available. A laundry facility with a wash and fold option operates on the park grounds. There are seven acres of well-stocked fishing ponds and trails that wander throughout the park. A dump station is available for visitors who need to empty their waste tanks. Each campsite at Hidden Ponds has access to cable TV.

  • Water Hookup: Yes
  • Electric Hookup: 15/20/30/50
  • Sewer Hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi Available: Yes
  • Pet-Friendly: Yes
  • Fee: $21 to $40 per night

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What to Do at
Sam Houston Jones State Park

Inside Sam Houston Jones State Park

Many guests come to Sam Houston Jones State Park seeking a return to nature. While strolling the park grounds, tree-filled lagoons draw the eye, and mixed hardwood and pines soar overhead. Beyond the Calcasieu River's lagoons lie waterways where a rowboat, canoe, or kayak adventure awaits all who seek it. Five trails of various lengths meander through this beautiful park, making hiking and strolling a pleasurable experience. One of the boat launches, used for small craft specifically, can be used by visitors to explore the upper reaches of narrow streams where larger vessels cannot float. The launch for larger boats brought by guests can be used to venture south into the Gulf of Mexico. Birdwatching and wildlife awareness are among the favorite activities of young visitors who see nature in full blossom for the first time.

Outside Sam Houston Jones State Park

With Louisiana's fifth-largest city located a mere 10 miles outside Sam Houston Jones State Park, guests find plenty of opportunities to explore the essence of Cajun and Creole culture. Restaurants provide a palate-pleasing diversity of cuisines. Shops can handle any need you come up with, from flowers to underwear. The community holds places for children to play their hearts out and for an older generation to learn and reflect.

Restaurants

Darrell’s Poboys

Darrell’s Poboys is the most popular sandwich shop in Lake Charles, LA. When you are looking for a fast lunch with a zing, stop here and order the spicy Cajun shrimp sandwich.

Type: Cajun

Location: 119 West College Street, Lake Charles, LA 70605

Leonard’s Food Quarters

If you want a taste of the real Louisiana, stop by Leonard’s Food Quarters. Their menu is a mix of Cajun and Creole foods. Try their seafood platter for an unbelievable melody of flavor.

Type: Cajun, Creole

Location: 1708 Gerstner Memorial Drive, Lake Charles, LA 70601

La Truffe Sauvage

For something unexpected in Louisiana, visit the La Truffe Sauvage. Here, you find a mix of Greek, Mediterranean, and French cooking. Try the pan-roasted wild gulf red snapper for a fish dish that is not fishy at all.

Type: International Cuisine

Location: 815 West Bayou Pines Drive, Lake Charles, LA 70601

Shopping

Wendi’s Flower Cart

For wonderful floral displays, visit Wendi’s Flower Cart. Here, you find floral arrangements for any occasion with fresh and long-lasting blossoms.

Location: 3617 Common Street, Lake Charles, LA 70607

CC's Pawn Superstore

If you are tired of the same old shopping experiences, try something different by visiting CC's Pawn Superstore. Look over their shelves to find bargains in everything from fishing gear to jewelry.

Location: 628 East Prien Lake Road, Lake Charles, LA 70601

Prien Lake Mall

The nearest shopping mall to Sam Houston Jones State Park is the Prien Lake Mall. When you are looking for a variety of items, this is the place to visit. The mall holds 90 stores, including national brand names like JC Penney, Pier One Imports, and The North Face.

Location: 496 West Prien Road, Lake Charles, LA 70601

Sightseeing

Millennium Park

If you have children from age 5 to 12 along for the family vacation, you must sometimes stop by an entertainment place. The Millennium Park is designed for children of that age and includes many adventurous game options that they and you will enjoy.

Location: 1100 Bord Du Lac Drive, Lake Charles, LA 70601

Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu

When you think of Louisiana, the first thing that comes to mind is the Mardi Gras in New Orleans. At the Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu you discover that the festival is not limited to the big city. Mardi Gras's history in Lake Charles is housed here with costume displays and official documents telling the event's story.

Location: 809 Kirby Street, Suite 229, Lake Charles, LA 70601

USS Orleck Naval Museum

An essential place to visit while in Lake Charles is the USS Orleck Naval Museum. The destroyer was an essential ingredient in the Navy's program of shore support. The Orleck became legendary during the Vietnam War and was labeled "Top Gun" as it fired more rounds in ground support than any other ship in service.

Location: 604 N. Enterprise Blvd., Lake Charles, LA 70601

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How to Get to
Sam Houston Jones State Park

Lake Charles, a city of some size, is only 10 miles away. To get to Sam Houston Jones State Park from Lake Charles, take Interstate 10 West for two miles to exit 27. Turn right to merge onto Louisiana Highway 378 North. Follow LA-378 N for five miles. Turn left onto Sam Houston Jones Parkway, and travel for one mile. Turn left onto Sutherland Road for less than a half-mile; then, turn right onto Sam Houston Jones State Park Road. The park entrance is one-half mile ahead.

Lafayette, LA, is over 80 miles east of the park. To approach Sam Houston State Park from Lafayette, take I-10 W for 70 miles into Lake Charles, and then, follow the instructions above.

Entering Sam Houston Jones State Park

Sam Houston Jones State Park is a day-use area that is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Entry fee (per person) : $3

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