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Get Your Outdoor Game On
5/4/2017 10:46:52 PM

Summer is the perfect time to get outside, enjoy the warmer weather, and do something active. Whether you’re looking for something calming or something intense and competitive, there’s no shortage of outdoor sports and plenty of reasons to go play outside.


Nothing says Louisiana in the summer time like drifting down a bayou in a kayak, Spanish moss hanging in the trees along the banks, as you cast a line into the water. The Lake Area is full of beautiful and mysterious waterways that are best explored from a kayak or paddle board. In Lake Charles, check out Bayou Kayak for kayak rentals. Kayaks, life jackets and paddles can be rented by reservation for a half or a full day. Launching on Contraband Bayou, you’re just a 15 minute kayak trip to the beaches at either Golden Nugget or L’auberge Casinos.


Play out your World Cup fantasies and make new friends with the Calcasieu Soccer Club. With leagues ranging from Adult Co-ed, to All Male Competitive and Co-ed Semi Competitive, Calcasieu Soccer Club has something for any adult looking for some futbol fun. There’s a $90 initial annual registration fee, but returning players only pay $45. Summer registration opens soon. You can find more information about how to join at 

Beach Volleyball 

There are some great beaches in SWLA, but beach volleyball is best played at the Golden Nugget Beach. Nets and balls are provided so no need to bring your own. You can bring your own team, or easily find a pick-up game at this popular volleyball hot spot. If your competitive nature works up an appetite or thirst, hit up the nearby Cadillac Beach Bar and Grille for hand crafted cocktails and delicious food. When the sun goes down, hang out around the fire pits on the beach and re-cap the game.

Ultimate Frisbee

Combining the non-stop movement and endurance of soccer with the aerial passing skills of football, a game of ultimate Frisbee is played by two teams on a field with end zones, similar to football. The object of the game is to score by catching a pass in the opponent’s end zone. Ultimate is a transition game in which players move quickly from offense to defense on turnovers that occur with a dropped pass, an interception, a pass out of bounds, or when a player is caught holding the disc for more than ten seconds. In Lake Charles, check out Lake Charles Ultimate Frisbee for pick-up games. Pick-up games occur regularly at the Ward 3 Recreation Enos Darbonne Sports Complex at 7903 Lake Street on Wednesday nights at 8:00 p.m. You can find out more information from Lake Charles Ultimate Frisbee on Facebook. 


If you hydrate properly, summer is a great time of year for running, even in muggy Southwest Louisiana. Lake Area Runners has been leading the pack for running, walking, and hiking in the Lake Area for the last forty years and two of the area’s most popular races take place in the summer months. The Contraband Five-Miler takes place every year on the second Saturday in May. The Four-Miler on the 4th of July takes place in the morning on Independence Day. Both races feature fully supported aid stations, food, drinks, and live music at the finish. You can find more information and links to register at the Lake Area Runners Facebook page. 

Disc Golf

Disc golf is a game of precision and accuracy. Throwing a disc at a target, the object of the game is to traverse a course with the fewest number of throws at nine or 18 different holes. It’s golf with a Frisbee like disc. The Bob Rogers Memorial Disc Golf Course at Sam Houston Jones State Park offers a challenging mix of heavily to mostly wooded holes. White tee boxes, where you start each hole, are marked with white bricks in the ground. You can find course maps and information at the park office. Disc Golf is played with special discs made for the game. You can purchase yours at any major sporting goods store. To find pick-up games, tips, and partners, check out SWLA Disc Golf on Facebook.

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