• Fun at the Bob Rodgers Memorial Disc Golf Course

    Toss the disc with friends at the Bob Rodgers Memorial Disc Golf Course

  • Standard cabin at Sam Houston Jones State Park

    Appreciate ‘small-house living’ in the cabins set among the longleaf pines

  • Boating on the west fork of the Calcasieu River

    A boat launch near the park entrance provides a way onto the west fork of the Calcasieu River

  • Getting in an evening walk at the park

    Day visitors and overnight guests alike appreciate the trails of the park

  • Visiting with the local wildlife

    You’re sure to see some of the “local residents” on your visit

107 Sutherland Road
Lake Charles, LA 70611

30.299869, -93.256068

Park Map:

Hours of Operation:
Site is open daily.

Gate Opening Times:
Sunday through Thursday
  • open at 6 a.m.
  • close at 9 p.m.
Friday, Saturday and days preceding holidays.
  • open at 6 a.m.
  • close at 10 p.m.
Entrance Station Hours:
Sunday through Thursday
  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, Saturday and days preceding holidays.
  • 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Entrance Fees
  • $3 per person
  • Free for seniors (62 & older)
  • Free for children (3 & under)



Online Reservations

Sam Houston Jones State Park sign

Originally named for the Texas folk hero who traveled extensively in the western reaches of Louisiana, Sam Houston Jones was given its current name in honor of the state's 46th governor, who was instrumental in setting aside this tract of land for the public to enjoy for both day-use and overnight visitors. ↓ show more

Because the caretakers of this 1,087-acre park have worked to keep the land in its natural state, abundant wildlife inhabits the area. Tree-filled lagoons and a mixed pine and hardwood forest combine to create a unique natural environment. The park is located just north of the most productive birding region of Louisiana. The bird watching is always excellent, but at certain times of year, nearly 200 species of birds can be seen at or within 30 miles of the site.

The Office of State Parks has partnered with Sasol in Lake Charles on the Longleaf Legacy Project,  to preserve the iconic tree's rich history, restore the splendor of local forests, and ensure the resiliency of such habitats for generations to come.  The project includes restoration of over 70 acres of longleaf forest in the park and companion educational programs for local teachers and families.

Sam Houston Jones State Park is home to more than 70 acres of longleaf pines, the oldest living southern pine species. They were once one of the most abundant tree species in the United States, stretching across 90 million acres from Virginia to Texas. Over time, land-use practices such as logging, farming, development, urban encroachment, and fire exclusion have diminished the longleaf pine, leaving less than 4 million acres of longleaf forest and less than 10 percent of their original presence in Louisiana.

The numerous waterways in this area make water sports a natural highlight at the park. Two boat launches are conveniently located on the West Fork of the Calcasieu River, providing access to Calcasieu Lake, about 20 miles away. (No-Wake Zone Advisory )

The three hiking trails winding through this beautiful park make strolling or serious hiking, pleasurable. Particularly interesting is the old stagecoach road, which hikers may travel to explore the park and the banks of the various tributaries to the Calcasieu River.

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The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) program promotes outdoor recreation, ranging from land acquisition to development of park facilities.
This Louisiana State Park site has received assistance from the LWCF.

Upcoming Events

In the interest of the safety of our guests and staff, please call the park or historic site directly to inquire if programs scheduled through May 15 are still ongoing.

Reservable Facilities
A $6 non-refundable fee will be assessed on each reservation transaction made online, via phone, or as a walk-in.

Cabins: Basic cookware, cooking utensils, dinnerware, silverware, towels and linens are provided. Bring your own food and personal supplies. (click here for facility pictures and layouts) (map)

Standard Cabins$85/night plus tax8 available, 2 are ADA compliant; sleeps up to 6 people; with either 1 double bed and 2 bunk beds or 1 queen bed and 2 bunk beds
Deluxe Lodge$175/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs
$225/night plus tax, Fri-Sat
1 available, ADA compliant; sleeps up to 14 people with 2 queen beds, a queen sofa sleeper and 4 bunk beds
Maximum Occupancy of 60 people.
Maximum Occupancy of 100 people.
*Units are equipped with electrical lighting.

Additional Information About Overnight Facilities

A $6 non-refundable fee will be assessed on each reservation transaction made online, via phone, or as a walk-in.
( map of sites 23-43)  ( map of sites 44-62)
9 Premium Campsites (pull-through sites with water and electrical hookups)$33/night plus tax, Fri-Sat
$30/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs, Apr-Sept
$25/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs, Oct-Mar
26 Improved Campsites (water and electrical hookup)$28/night plus tax, Fri-Sat
$25/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs, Apr-Sept
$20/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs, Oct-Mar
Backcountry campsites (maximum capacity of 6), 5 available on a first-come, first-served basis$9 per person/night, plus tax
Primitive camping area (maximum capacity of 20)$20/night plus tax
America the Beautiful Senior and Access Passes (formerly Golden Age & Golden Access Passports) (Available through the National Park Service. Click here for more information)
Holders of the Passes, whose state of residence also honors the America the Beautiful pass, are entitled to a 50% reduction on camping fees at Louisiana State Parks. (Passport holders are allowed one site per passport).

Additional Information About Overnight Facilities

Additional Fees

Use of Personal Golf Carts on State Park Property - $10/cart per day; $100 annual permit available. Proof of cart insurance required; must be operated by a licensed driver.

State Park Operated Rentals

Rental Boats

Boat Rentals Temporarily Discontinued
Due to excessive vegetation in the lake, the park will discontinue boat rentals until conditions are safe for boat traffic. We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause.
Boats$20 per dayincludes 2 paddles and 3 life jackets
  • Additional life jackets can be rented for $2 each where available
  • Price varies with concessionaire rentals - please contact site to check availability and rates


Trails at Sam Houston Jones State Park
  • Riverwalk Trail -- 1.6 miles
  • Cypress Tupelo Trail -- 1/2 mile
  • Swamp Walk Trail -- 1.1 miles
  • Longleaf Pine Trail -- 3-1/2 miles
  • Longleaf Pine Extension -- 1.3 miles

Disc Golf:

Bob Rodgers Memorial Disc Golf Course :
Sam Houston Jones SP offers disc golf; the course is located near the trailhead of the Longleaf Pine Trail. Click HERE for a full-size map.
On-Site Activities:

A Birder's Guide to Louisiana gives directions to over 100 areas for birding throughout the state, includes maps, Louisiana specialties, and contains beautiful photography and checklists of Louisiana birds and other wildlife. The Guide was produced through a partnership between the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area and the American Birding Association.

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