Tourism in Southwestern Louisiana took a hit from the 2020 hurricane season. On a recent trip to the area, a visitor could find one hidden gem along Louisiana Hwy. 27 attracting birds and birdwatchers.
Each year, thousands of snow geese, ducks and other species winter in the Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge.
The Pintail Wildlife Drive, just off the highway, is arguably one of the best places to view wildlife in all of Louisiana.
Most refuge operations remain closed in the wake of the storms and visitors would be wise to check the access to this spot before making the journey.
The loop road, a three-mile graveled route, is located two miles south of the refuge visitor center. It includes interpretive signs along the route, describing wildlife species, marsh and plant ecology.
A variety of Louisiana’s residents from the natural world can be seen throughout the year, including alligators when the weather is warmer. Visitors should take the eastern leg of U-shaped Louisiana Hwy. 27 southeast of Lake Charles.
The colder weather can actually be a positive for those who make the trip, as birds seem to be drawn to the ponds here several miles inland from the coast.
Visitors to Cameron Prairie can often be rewarded with a spectacular sunrise or sunset over the marsh. Hwy. 27 is part of the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road. Visitors pass through several wetland habitats along the trail with areas to pull off and view wildlife. However, some of the other sites remained closed during a recent trip to the area.
Stay connected with NOLA Weekend!
NOLA Weekend is the ultimate destination for New Orleans food, things to do, culture, and lifestyle.