Known as the "Gateway to Cajun Country," and thanks to exceptional resources for outdoor recreation, historic cities and a world-class casino resort, Allen Parish has tempted many to linger long within its own borders. The Ouiska Chitto is a river whose ideal paddling conditions has earned the nearby town of Mittie the reputation as a regional canoeing capital. Enjoy Calcasieu River’s sandy-white beaches and top-notch fishing. Cities such as Kinder, Oberlin and Oakdale offer shopping, historic buildings, Cajun-style food and museums, including Oakdale's new Leatherwood Museum with exhibits on local history. The Native American Coushatta tribe chose Kinder as the home for their Coushatta Casino Resort, one of Louisiana's largest casinos, which not only offers gaming but live concerts and golfing. Native Americans from tribes across the U.S. and Canada gather for the Coushatta's annual Pow Wow, a public celebration held in early October that showcases tribal culture and history.