As of the 2000 census, the population was 71,757. Lake Charles is the principal city of the Lake Charles Metropolitan Statistical Area, having a population of 194,138.It is the larger principal city of the Lake Charles-Jennings Combined Statistical Area with a population of 225,235. A 2008 population estimate of the five parish area was over 285,853.
This growing city is considered a major center of petrochemical refining, tourism, gaming, and education being home to McNeese State University and Sowela. With over 75 festivals held annually, Lake Charles is referred to as the Festival Capital of Louisiana.
LAUBERGE DU LAC
The gaming industry has always been a major part of Lake Charle's economy.One of the newer casinos and a major tourest attraction to come to down is LauBerge Dul Lac hotel and casino.Many tourist from as close as texas and as far away as Washington visit this casino each year.
This premier facility is ideal for the business traveler or guest looking for the ultimate in hospitality and dining experiences, plus non-stop gaming action.
The property includes a 26-story hotel complex with approximately 750 spacious rooms and suites; an 18-hole golf course designed by Tom Fazio; 26,000 gross square feet of meeting space, including a business center and conference registration area; a pool with lazy river and private cabana courtyard; full-service salon and spa and cardio fitness center; retail stores; ten innovative dining outlets; and top-name entertainment.
The casino features 30,000 square feet of Vegas-like gaming action with 62 table games and more than 1,600 ticket-in ticket-out slot machines.
Hunting and fishing in Lake Charles
Our lakes, bayous, river and streams - not to mention the nearby Gulf of Mexico – are teeming with wildlife. Year round fishing is a pastime in Lake Charles Southwest Louisiana where the mild climate allows wildlife to thrive no matter when you visit.. Just kick back, smile, feel the sun on your face and enjoy the abundant waters of Southwest Louisiana. During the fall hunting season, you’ll see hundreds of thousands of waterfowl who winter here – smack in the crosshairs of the Mississippi and Central Flyways. Local hunting guides can show you the ropes, and some even come equipped with lodging, ready to put you up for the hunt!
Madi gras or (Fat Tuesday)