Prien Lake is a lake in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana.
It is located west of Prien, Louisiana, and south of the Israel LaFleur Bridge. The city of Lake Charles is located to the northeast.
Prien Lake was historically located along the Calcasieu River. Construction of the Calcasieu Ship Channel was completed in 1941, and included the construction of the Rose Bluff Cutoff, northwest of Prien Lake. The cufoff enabled a more efficient navigational route, and isolated Prien Lake from the direct flow of the river.
Prien Lake connects to the Calcasieu Ship Channel at three places on the north and west sides of the lake.
Development within the Prien Lake watershed is 36 percent commercial or residential, and 5 percent industrial.
The lake has several wetlands which are considered sensitive environments.
The lake's designated uses, according to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, are recreation, and the propagation of fish and wildlife. Prien Lake supports both recreational and commercial fishing, and fish species include croaker, redfish, speckled trout, flounder, and black drum.
Two public parks provide access to Prien Lake. Prien Lake Park has a public boat launch, parking, and picnic areas. LaFleur Park has a boat launch, beach for swimming, parking, and picnic areas.
For travelers who use our world travel planner, Lake Charles holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Prien Lake Park and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
Prien Lake Park Reviews
On sunny mornings I enjoy going to the park to walk and people watch.The view of the lake imakes me happy. I have watched many people their dogs, setting up for picnics, bar bques or birthday... more »
Whether you are by yourself, with a friend, or walking the dog... This is the place to go around sunset... So peaceful!, more »
Very beautiful park. Picked this place to try out my new kayak. Boat ramp has plenty of parking. I was more amazed with the sunset, even though a storm was rolling in. This is going to be my regular kayaking place.
Prienlake park is the place to take the kids to play in the waterpark or playground on a hot summer day. It's so shady and the breeze coming off of the water is awesome. If you like to walk for health they have different excercise stations you can stop at with directions on how to get the best results from each exercise equipment you choose to utilize. There are awesome covered areas with pits and picnic tables to have a cookout with your family. If you have a fishing license you can even fish off of the bank or off load you boat at their awesome new boat ramp. If you love anything outdoors this is the place to be year around.
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