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Mardi Gras King Cake - Lake Charles on Louisiana's Coast

What’s unique? What’s popular?

Mardi Gras is one of those holidays that is a bit quirky since it feels like it should be a national holiday to everyone who lives in Louisiana. We Louisianans have to remind ourselves that not everyone chases chickens, dresses up in regalia and glitter or has the world’s longest tailgate party, waiting on parades – or – puts a baby in King Cake! So, what’s Mardi Gras like along Louisiana’s Coast?

Here are some highlights:

While some individuals believe that working out at a gym or using the skills of a personal trainer can achieve the best physical fitness, others believe that hiking is a better experience. Hiking through some of the back trails and state parks in Louisiana can help develop optimal health and provide an uplifting of an individual’s well-being. Additionally, hiking through the back trails of Louisiana is extremely enjoyable.

As professional bass anglers will attest, the bass fishing in southern Louisiana is truly world class. Sometimes weighing in at 20 pounds or more, impressive numbers largemouth bass can be found in numerous southern Louisiana, especially in and around the Venice area located in Plaquemine’s Parish. Its smaller cousin, the smallmouth bass, can weigh about 10 pounds or slightly more. It is known for its impressive jumps and darting runs when landed on the end of a fishing line.

The history and natural wildlife of Louisiana make it one of the richest and most rewarding experiences when visiting or living in the area. The easiest way to experience the state is to enjoy its scenic byways that are situated all throughout Louisiana. While the northern portion of the state offers a unique experience, it is the southern portion of the state, along the coastline that is considered the most enjoyable.

The Bayou Teche Scenic Trail

Beginning just southwest of the state’s capital in Baton Rouge, the Bayou Teche scenic trail is a unique byway that meanders down to the southernmost portion of the state. Individuals can take the self-guided byway tour and see all that the area can provide. A leisurely visit across the area can take up to two days. You will witness huge moss-draped oak trees and dense vegetation. In the tradition of a true bayou experience, you will witness 135 miles of some of the most beautiful semi-tropical regions across southern Louisiana. The byway ends in Arcadiana.

Experience is not always necessary if you want to take your chance and chase trophy redfish in Louisiana. There is a good chance that your trip will take you deep into the marshlands of southern Louisiana were much of the best redfish experiences take place along the Gulf of Mexico. Some of the most amazing fisheries are located only minutes south of New Orleans, Lake Charles, and Baton Rouge. fish4   The red fishing experience in southern Louisiana is the envy of the world. The season for bull redfish last from November until late March. It is here that many of the experienced anglers can enjoy catching some of the largest redfish in the world (upwards to 40 pounds). From springtime, until early fall, red fishing is equally impressive. It is not uncommon to catch a huge assortment of reds found along the shallow waters in the marshlands in southern Louisiana, weighing in at 11 pounds and more.


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