Media

Opportunities for unique stories abound on the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road. From scientific and industrial, to the warm and fuzzy, stories and tales galore await your discovery.

Check out the Story Ideas and Writer Information sections below for more on how we can help you get the story you want — along the Creole Nature Trail.
 
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Story Ideas
We want to make it easy for you to get the information you need about the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road and Louisiana’s Outback. This list of story ideas should help point you in the right direction and provide you with some interesting background material.
 
Birding: The Creole Nature Trail All-American Road has been listed among the Top 40 Birding Hotspots by Wildbird magazine. Besides the thousands of geese and ducks that stop over, the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road is a major resting and eating stop for rare songbirds and millions of butterflies.
Hunting & Fishing: Louisiana’s Outback is perfectly positioned to provide some of the finest fishing and hunting in North America. With freshwater and saltwater fishing, as well as hunting seasons for duck, geese, deer, wild dove and other game, the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road offers unique and memorable experiences for every outdoorsman.
Marsh Ecosystem:  The Creole Nature Trail’s coastal wetlands support thousands of different animal species, and play an important role in the natural balance on the North American continent.
Wildlife Refuges: The Creole Nature Trail All-American Road includes three national wildlife refuges and one state refuge that contribute important scientific internationally significant research that contributes to our knowledge of plants and animals.
Beaches: The Creole Nature Trail All-American Road is home to 26 miles of natural Gulf Coast beaches, where visitors can swim, shell, fish or just enjoy a lazy day in the sun.
Festivals: Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana is the festival capital of our Louisiana, with more than 75 exciting festivals and events year-round. The carnival season of “Mardi Gras” spans weeks of masked balls, parades and colorful merriment. At “Contraband Days,” modern-day pirates bring the legend of the notorious Jean Lafitte to life as they take over the city of Lake Charles for two weeks of gleeful fun. Although the “Cameron Louisiana Fur & Wildlife Festival” in January is known as the "Oldest & Coldest Festival in the State," our winters are so mild that you won't want to miss the incredible fresh seafood and wild game prepared by the fun-loving folks of Cameron Parish. Other area festivals that provide great photo opportunities and terrific stories are the “Alligator Harvest Festival,” the “Cajun Food & Music Festival” and the “Black Heritage Festival.”
Ghosts of the Civil War:  Confederate and Union forces met at the Battle of Calcasieu Pass, and a site on Monkey Island still stands where the blue and gray were buried side by side. Fort Niblett, now the site of Niblett's Bluff Park in Vinton, was a strategic outpost for the Confederacy, designed to prevent a Union land attack from the west or from the Sabine River.
 
 
Writer Information
The Creole Nature Trail All American Road passes through Louisiana’s Outback and the stories awaiting you are many. To help you make the most of your visit, the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau provides the following services:
 
• Itinerary development including help with accommodations, meals, attractions and interviews.
• Ground transportation by a bureau staff member if necessary.
• Guide services.
• Photography to accompany your story: your choice from the Bureau’s large photo library.
• A copy of writer guidelines on request
• Customized help for your project from our media specialist.
 
For more information:
Call (800) 456-7952 or e-mail our outdoor adventure director at aklenke@visitlakecharles.org
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