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happening on the trail, while building the network of local trail "Ambassadors."  


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 November 4, 2013 

An outdoor photo session on "Perspective" during SEOPA 2013


Southeastern Outdoor Press Association (SEOPA) Conference

hosted in Southwest Louisiana for Fourth Time


On October 9-12 the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau hosted the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association (SEOPA) annual convention for a record fourth time. This group of over 250 outdoor communicators and corporate members convened in Southwest Louisiana to learn about the latest trends in the outdoor industry. Conference sessions were held at the Isle of Capri Casino Hotel while Breakout Day was held at the Lake Charles Civic Center and Shooting Day was held at the Lake Charles Gun Club. 


SEOPA members took full advantage of pre and post conference press tours ranging from alligator and duck hunts, to fishing or boating in our bountiful wetlands with post conference tours on-going through January of 2014. A total of 18 press tours, hosting 37 outdoor communicators, will be seen in coming years through increased visitation as a result of stories written, photographs taken, radio recordings produced and television projects filmed take place.  


Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Tourism Awarded 

Gulf Tourism and Seafood Promotional Fund Grant


The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau was recently awarded a grant from the Gulf Tourism and Seafood Promotional Fund administered by the Deepwater Horizon Economic Claims Administration, BP and the Plaintiff Steering Committee.


Existing birding guide

The $500,000 grant will be utilized to combat the ongoing perception that all of Louisiana's coastline and beaches were in oil. A large portion of the funds will be applied to advertising efforts targeting niche markets, such as birders, fishermen and other outdoor enthusiasts, to visit the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana area including the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road. Additional collateral, such as seafood, wildlife and wildflower identification guides, will also be created.


"The Creole Nature Trail, and outdoor adventure, is the second largest visitor draw to our area" says Shelley Johnson, Executive Director of the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau. "It is critical that potential visitors understand that not only are we open, our outdoor product is more accessible than ever."


Drawing upon the success of the GPS enabled video tour app created for the Creole Nature Trail, a walking tour app will be created for the regions only National Register area the Historic Charpentier District. "When we have group tours the bureau hires professional guides to step-on and talk about the architecture, history and interesting facts about each home. We want make that same depth of information available to all our visitors with this app." 

 Share your Creole Nature Trail Birding
Experiences with the World!


Some of the sightings recorded on the Creole Nature Trail on October 28, 2013

The Creole Nature Trail website now features a direct link to eBird, a real-time, online checklist program by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society. Now you can which birds have been observed along the trail in the past 30 days (including how many were seen and a map of where they were seen!) plus you are invited to set up your own (free!) eBird account and record your own bird observations! Check it out for yourself at


eBird allows the observations of each participant to join with those of other participants in an international network of eBird users. eBird then shares these findings with a global community of educators, land managers, ornithologists, and conservation biologists.


Since we are in the middle of fall migration of neo-tropical songbirds and on the verge of waterfowl migrating to our area, now is a great time to bird.


To learn more about the power of eBird, check out the "New York Times Highlights eBird's Crowdsourcing Success" article from the September 2013 issue of Cornell Lab eNews here.


eBird heat mapping
Heat mapping of the northern migration of the chimney swift from eBird observations


The 8th Wonder of the World Winner is...


Price Lake Road Re-Opened


Closed since April for the construction of new public access facilities and road renovations, Price Lake Road on Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge was re-opened on Saturday, October 26.

The $1.2 million construction project added three fishing piers, all handicap accessible, with extended walkway access for recreational fishing, crabbing, shrimping and sightseeing. A large parking area was also constructed to improve public use of the facility. 


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Creole Nature Trail All-American Road District Board of Commissioners
Monte M. Hurley, Chairman    Capt'n Sammie Faulk, Vice Chairman    Shelley Johnson, Secretary/Treasurer
Ben Welch    Jimmy Brown    Carolyn Thibodeaux    Steve Jiles    Paul Guillory    Annette Richey
Creole Nature Trail All-American Road
1205 N. Lakeshore Dr.
Lake Charles, Louisiana 70601