Welcome to Big Lake, also known as Calcasieu Lake Estuary. Big Lake, a 40,000 acre bay which opens into the Gulf of Mexico is located in Cameron Parish, and easily lives up to the name Sportsman Paradise with its excellent fishing, crabbing, and shrimping. Known for its tremendous trout, if you are looking for a trophy wallhanger, this is the place to be! Redfish, flounder and many other species are also plentiful.
Located in the southwest corner of Louisiana, it is easily accessible ( see map and driving directions ) from all directions.
Pink Dolphin Sightings
Tell us where you saw the dolphin and show us your photos!
On Thursday evening, July 16, representatives of the 3rd Annual Big Lake "Speck"tacular presented a check for $18,125 to the Catch a Dream Foundation. During the meeting, Dr. Marty Brunson from Catch a Dream gave a slideshow presentation about the organization and its goals and also explained how donations to the foundation are put to good use. Excellent organization!
(left to right) Renee Freeland, Brennan Freeland, Dr. Marty Brunson from Catch a Dream, Kevin Olson, Bubba Morvant
Tell EPA to Deny Waiver Petition to Allow E15
EPA Should Not Allow Increased Ethanol Blends:
On March 6, 2009, a new pro-ethanol lobbying organization called Growth Energy and 54 ethanol manufacturers formally requested that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) increase ethanol blend levels in gasoline up to 15 percent (E15). As is required by law, EPA on April 21 published a Notice for Comment in the Federal Register, beginning a 30-day public comment period. On May 15, EPA extended the comment period. The original public comment period was slated to end on May 21, 2009 but will now be extended to July 20, 2009.
Ethanol Advocates are mobilizing their forces to submit 20,000 favorable comments to EPA requesting that the Agency grant a waiver for E15.
There are 18 million boats currently in operation in the U.S., and none of them has been designed, certified or warrantied to run on anything above E10, the current maximum legal blend level. Boaters know very well that increased ethanol blends will cause performance problems with their boats and engines, increase maintenance costs, potentially pose safety risks and increase air pollution. E15 will also void manufacturer warranties.
Read more and post your comments to EPA here.
The 4th of July at Big Lake !!
The 3rd Annual Big Lake Trout "Speck"tacular was a huge success.
The winners of this year's event are:
Adult Division: John Solari 5.68 lb. Trout
Youth Division: Phillip Rue 5.72 lb. Redfish
This year the proceeds went to Catch a Dream. Catch-A-Dream grants once-in-a-lifetime outdoor experiences to children 18 years old or younger who have a life-threatening illness. Brennan and Rene Freeland did a fantastic job organizing the tournament, and with entry fees and the silent and live auctions raised over $16,000. Well done Brennan and Rene! Also a big thanks goes to the many sponsors who helped:
Janco Water Division
Cal-Cam Termite & Pest Control
Farm Bureau Insurance
Con Co Directional Boring, LLC
Manco Vegetation Management, Inc.
Kevin D. Millican, Attorney at Law
Brett Geymann, State Representative
Pumpelly Oil Company
Gragson, Casiday & Guillory, L.L.P Certified Public Accountants
Big Lake Guest Houses-Andre and Rachel Abadie
Stringer Charters-Jason Stringer
Stine Lumber, Lake Charles
Jason Benoit and Clo De Riz Farms
Bin There Hunting
LSU Foundation/Bill Bowden
Contraband Charters-Sam Bordelon
Bubba's Bulk Distributing
Freeland Home Builders, LLC
Pro Pools & Spa
Corbello's Guide Service-Jack Corbello
Billy Navarre Chevrolet
Calcasieu Charters-Eric Rue
South Central Pool Supply
Doug cuts a watermelon for the kids.
What a cutie...
Music was provided by Kris Harper of Do Not Destroy and Todd Howard of Tightrope.
Brennan and Rene
Parties went on nonstop at the camps and David Reed outdid himself with this year's firework display on the Lake. Great job, David!
What is CPR?
Catch, Photograph, & Release—a concept developed by the Lake Charles Chapter of CCA and now coming to you statewide. More at CCA...
LOUISIANA SPRING SHRIMP SEASON TO OPEN
Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries
The Louisiana inshore shrimp season in Shrimp Management Zone 1 will open at 7:30 a.m. on May 18 except the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double-rig line (LA R.S.56:495.1(A)2) which shall open at 7:30 a.m. May 11. Zone 2 as well as that portion of the State's Outside Waters south of the Inside/Outside Shrimp Line as described in R.S. 56:495 from the western shore of Freshwater Bayou at 92 degrees 18 minutes 33 seconds west longitude to the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the River Channel Buoy Line will open at 7:30 a.m. on May 11. Zone 3 will open at 7:30 a.m. on May 25. ...more.