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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Sports for Those Visiting the Gulf Coast (Part 1)

This is part one of a six part article that highlights what sports, sporting venues, and recreation anyone that visit's the Gulf Coast can partake in. The six parts will cover the most visited places along the Gulf Coast of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle.

Each area has their own particular sports or sports venue's, but we throughout the entire Gulf Coast there are a multitude of sports visitors to the area(s) can enjoy and be a part of. The sports covered are not the same for each area, but will include professional sporting events and recreational sports. Those sports covered along all Gulf Coast area's are as follows:

Dog Racing, Fishing and Fishing Charters, Golf Courses, Horse racing, Hunting and Hunting Guides, Motor Sports, Professional Baseball, Professional Basketball, Professional Football, Professional Golf Tournaments, and Running and Races

As we start we will have each article cover either one particular area or multiple areas depending on the number of sports and sports activities it has in its area. Going from West to East we will start with the Gulf Coast of Louisiana and end with the Florida Panhandle.


Part 1 will cover the area's of Lake Charles, Lafayette, and Baton Rouge, LA.

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Fishing -

Lake Charles is the only area of these three cities in Louisiana that offer guided fishing. Sure Lafayette and Baton Rouge have fishing, but you will not find a guide service in these areas or you will have a very hard time finding a pond or stream that you can fish.

Lake Charles fishing offers you multiple ways to fish. You can bring your own boat or find a guide, fish fresh water or salt water, fish offshore in the Gulf or inshore in the Marsh. The choice is up to you. If you decide to bring your own boat, don't forget to get a fishing licences. If you decide to fish with a guide check and see if they include the licences with their fee. For information on Guide Services, Boat Launches, Fishing Licences, and Fishing Guides/Maps - CLICK HERE

Golf Courses - 

Here are the area's top Golf Courses listed alphabetically by course name.
Contraband Bayou -  A L'auberge Casino Resort Course in Lake Charles. A true Casino resort golf course with immaculate conditions and friendly to golfers of all levels.
Gray Plantation - A semi-private golf course in Lake Charles that was ranked in the top 100 courses from 2001 to 2006. this has one of the best layout's in Louisiana.
The Bluffs Golf Resort - 30 minuets North East of Baton Rouge, this course is one of the most picturesque golf courses in the area.
The National Golf Club of Louisiana - A semi-private golf course just north of Lake Charles. A beautiful course and a fun challenging layout.
The Wetlands - A public links-style golf course in Lafayette. Always in great condition, with a friendly staff and good food.

For other golf courses in these areas and to book select tee times - Click Here

Horse Racing - 

For those that enjoy watching the Horses race and maybe placing a few bets can find two different tracks in this area. Both are owned and operated by Boyd Gaming, with one in Lake Charles and one in Lafayette. For those visiting Lake Charles wanting to see a race can go to Delta Downs just west of downtown Lake Charles. The other, know as Evangeline Downs, can be found just North of Lafayette. As well as Horse Racing both locations also have a full service hotel and casino

Hunting - 

Hunting is available in the Lake Charles and Lafayette areas during Hunting Season and does require a license to do so. In the Lake Charles area you can hunt for deer, dove, quail, rabbit, squirrel and turkey. you can also hunt and trap beaver, bobcat, coyote, gray fox, mink, muskrat, opossum, river otter, red fox, raccoon, and skunk. Ito find Hunting Guides and more information on hunting in the Lake Charles area you can do so by - CLICKING HERE

To find a guide for hunting near the Lafayette area is a bit more limited than the Lake Charles area. There are two guides just outside Lafayette with one for hunting duck and goose and the other for hunting quail. If you are interested in hunting for duck and/or goose that would be the expertise of David Smith Hunting. For those that want the expertise to go quail hunting should go see Louisiana Quail Hunting in the Bayou Tech Hunting Preserve.

Running -

For those of you that enjoy running whether it be in a marathon or just a 5k race and will be in the Lake Charles, Lafayette, or Baton Rouge areas can find a variety of races to run. Here we will highlight the next upcoming races in those areas. For more races in these areas of Louisiana throughout the year can check Running in the USA for a list of races that may be going on during your visit. The next race in Lake Charles is the 5k Mardi Gras Run on the River which will be held on Feb 14th, 2015. Just north of the Lafayette area in Carencro, LA is the Cherokee Chase 10K/5K Trail Run on Jan 31st, 2015. The next race in the Baton Rouge are is coming up real soon and is a two day race depending on the distance you want to run. The Louisiana Marathon will be held on Jan 17th with the 5K run and Jan 18th with the 10K Run

Stay tuned for Part 2 that will cover all the sports and sporting venues in the New Orleans, LA area.

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