From I-10 in Lake Charles, take Exit 33 for US 171. Turn north and proceed 1.05 miles to Fitzenreiter Road. Turn left (west) on Fitzenreiter and proceed for .88 mile when you will see the park entrance directly ahead.

The open waters of the Calcasieu River dominate the birding scene of this 210-acre park.  Already, about 136 species have been sighted at this relatively new development, including several rarities, including Bald Eagle and Sandhill Crane.

Set up a spotting scope or a tripod on any piers or the observation deck to check for waterfowl, wading birds, and other waterbirds. Black-bellied Whistling Duck and Wood Duck nest here. Other waterbirds of interest include Double-crested and Neotropic Cormorants, Anhinga, American White Pelican, Laughing and Ring-billed Gulls, Black and Forster's Terns, Osprey, Bald Eagle, and Belted Kingfisher. A rotating cast of swallow species hunts over the river year-round.

The park also features cypress swamps, bottomland hardwood forests, and freshwater marsh habitats. Check the marshy areas for King Rail, Common Gallinule, Black-necked Stilt, Wilson's Snipe, and other shorebirds. Bottomland hardwood and cypress swamp areas typically yield a variety of woodpecker species, along with Great-crested Flycatcher, American Goldfinch, Hermit Thrush, and any of a dozen or so warbler species that have been recorded here.

Aside from birding, recreational opportunities include fishing, paddling, picnicking, and nature photography. Amenities include paved parking, a visitors center, an amphitheater, a boat launch, a picnic area, a pavilion, fishing areas, several piers, restrooms/water, and a hard-surfaced walking path along the river, ending at an observation deck. The site is handicapped-accessible. 

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