With year-round hunting, fishing, golf and countless other opportunities for outdoor recreation, it is easy to see why Louisiana's nickname is "Sportsman's Paradise.” Sure, that’s a lot to live up to. But with thousands of hiking and biking trails, beautiful State Parks, and one of the largest game preserves in the United States, Louisiana is the ultimate playground for all outdoorsmen. Our vast expanse of coastal wetlands and countless birding trails make our state a habitat for many rare and endangered species and a natural paradise for bird watchers as well. Come step into the wild outdoors of Louisiana.
To the east of Lake Charles, is the quaint town of Iowa, (pronounced eye'-oh-way). The history of Iowa is filled with stories of the early Midwestern Settlers from Kansas, Illinois and Iowa to the French Canadians (Cajuns) to Jean Lafitte’s pirates along the Old Spanish Trail. The railroad that cut through this country, brought settlers who were lured to the prairie land for rice farming, cattle raising and later oil fields. While visiting Iowa, take the opportunity to sample Acadian Creole cuisine or visit with local merchants. Enjoy City Park, or if you're in the mood for shopping, you'll definitely want to visit the indoor outlet mall. If your visit falls during the third weekend in March, you can enjoy the celebration of the Iowa Rabbit Festival, which celebrates the area’s rabbit industry, and the festivities are complete with activities, live Cajun music, mouthwatering authentic foods, pageants and carnival rides.