Visitors to the town of Cameron can see the many fishing vessels that call this port home. There are excellent photographic opportunities throughout this seafood port. Fresh seafood is abundant and can be purchased at a number of processing facilities. Barges are loaded and unloaded, and some offshore oil companies have port facilities here. Helicopters that ferry men and supplies to the rigs are in abundance. Several place to launch boats give boaters and recreational fishermen access to the Gulf of Mexico and to Calcasieu Lake. The rock jetties constructed south of Cameron Pass provides many fishing opportunities. Two ferries are located in the town of Cameron. One ferry joins the east and west sides of Cameron Parish and crosses the Calcasieu Ship Channel. There is a $1 fee to ride the ferry, but is only collected as it leaves the town, not as it enters. Another ferry takes visitors to Monkey Island, which also contains the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers killed at the Battle of Calcasieu Pass. On May 6, 1864, Confederate soldiers captured two Union gunboats. The graves of the eight Union sailors and fourteen Confederate soldiers who died are unmarked but are a recognized archaeological site. A monument to this event stands in front of the Cameron Parish Courthouse located in the heart of the town. The Cameron Parish Courthouse survived Hurricane Audrey in 1957. The storm devastated Cameron Parish when it struck in the early morning hours on June 27th, killing over 500 residents. An annual Hurricane Audrey Memorial is observed with a local holiday. The courthouse is an excellent bird watching location. Cameron is built upon a chenier and development extends east and west along La. 82. All areas of the parish are serviced by electric and telephone services. All areas areas also have natural gas service. Public utility providers serving Cameron Parish are:
TelephoneCameron Telephone Company
ElectricitySuppliers: Cajun Electric Power Cooperative
Distributors: Jefferson Davis Electric Cooperative
Natural GasSupplier: United Gas Pipeline Company
Water and SewerThere are no incorporated communities in Cameron Parish, therefore there are no municipality-operated facilities. Available where facilities depend on established service districts. Cameron Parish waterworks districts are:
Cameron P.O. Box 960, Cameron, LA 70631 337-775-5660
Hackberry P.O. Box 375, Hackberry, LA 70645 337-762-3935
Creole P.O. Box 111, Creole, LA 70632 337-542-4718
Grand Chenier-Muria P.O. Box 339, Grand Chenier, LA 70643 337-542-4504
Hollybeach-Johnson Bayou HC 69, Box 325, Cameron, LA 70631 337-569-2110
Grand Lake-Sweetlake Rt. 2, Box 358, Lake Charles, LA 70605 337-598-3439
CAMERON STATE BANKCameron Office: 495 Marshall St. Cameron, LA 70631
Creole Office: 4503 Creole Hwy. Creole, LA 70632
Hackberry Office: 806 Main St. Hackberry, LA 70645
Grand Lake-Sweet Lake Office: 10323 Gulf Hwy., Grand Lake, LA 70607
Grand Chenier Office: 2807 Grand Chenier Hwy. Grand Chenier, LA 70643
On January 15, 1966, Cameron State Bank became the first Cameron Parish domiciled bank and was opened on the corner of Marshall and School Streets in Cameron. Largely owned by residents of Cameron Parish, the bank has steadily grown to a total of six locations throughout the parish. Branches are at Creole, Grand Chenier, Hackberry, Grand Lake-Sweetlake, and Johnson Bayou-Holly Beach.
The Main Office in Cameron has three drive-in facilities, night depository, five teller windows, and a 24-hour automatic teller machine. The branches at Creole, Grand Lake-Sweetlake, and Hackberry also have 24-hour automatic teller machines.
Cameron State Bank offers the following services: commercial checking accounts, commercial loans, personal checking accounts, personal loans, investment services, Money Market Checking and Investment Accounts, Money Market Certificates of Deposit, NOW Accounts, savings accounts, safe deposit boxes, direct deposit services, trust services, and individual retirement accounts.
Business hours Monday through Friday are 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., with the drive-in facilities opening at 8:30 a.m. The bank reopens Friday afternoon from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
HIBERNIA NATIONAL BANKCameron Office: 451 Marshall Street, Cameron, LA 70631
The Cameron Branch opened for full service business in 1952. At that time, the branch was located in the Henry Building on Marshall Street in Cameron. The current location of the branch opened on May 31, 1969, at the corner of Marshall and Lions Streets. The Cameron location is one of branches of the Lake Charles domiciled bank. Financial services available at the Cameron Branch include personal checking accounts, commercial checking accounts, savings accounts, investment services, personal loins, commercial loans, trust services, day and night depository services, safe deposit boxes, and direct deposit services. Business hours Monday through Friday are 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., with the drive-in facilities opening at 8:30 a.m. The bank reopens Friday afternoon from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
South Cameron Memorial Hospital Systems5360 West Creole Hwy., Cameron, LA 70631
Services Offered: Emergency Ambulance, Acute Care/Swing Bed Hosipal, Emergency Room Coverage 24 hours per day, X-Ray, Lab, Out-patient Services, Physical Therapy, Fitness, Home Health, Geriatric Phyhiatic Care and Wellness Program.
Hours: 24 Hours per day, 7 Hours per week
Cameron Parish Health UnitP.O. Box 930, Cameron, LA 70631
Services Offered: Maternal & Child Health, High Rish Infant Screening Clinic, Hypertention Services, Handicapped Children's Services Program, Speech, Hearing and Vision Services, Environmental Health Services, Vital Records.
Hours: 8 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. Monday - Friday
Fees: Income Bases
Help/Hope of Cameron, Inc.P.O. Box 1197, Cameron, LA 70631
Services Offered: Applicants are usually victims of the following situations, low income, fire burn-out victims, sickness, recent divorce or separation, unemployed or between jobs, Temporary Emergency Situations.
Hours: 8:30 A.M. - 11:30 A.M. Monday, Wednesday & Friday
Cameron Council on Aging, Inc.P.O. Box 421, Cameron, LA 70631
Services Offered: Homemaker, Home Delivered Meals, Congregate Meals, Nutrition Education, Transporation, Legal Assistance, Information & Assistance, Outreach, Medical Alert, Recreation, Visiting, Telephoning, Material aid.
Hours: 8 A.M. - 4 P.M. Monday - Friday
Cameron Community Action Agency, Inc.P.O. Box 421, Cameron, LA 70631
Services Offered: Energy Assistance, Emergency Energy Assistance, Needy Family Commodities, Food Source, Clothing Bank, Emergency Food, Medical bill Assistance, Summer Feeding Program, Child Abuse Prevention, Transportation, GED Program, Housing, Head Start.
Hours: 7:30 A.M. - 4 P.M. Monday-Friday
LIBRARYCameron Parish Library
P.O. Box 1130, Cameron, LA 70631
Services Offered: Interlibray loan, cassette, books on taps, films and videos from state library, meeting room, story hour, story books.
Hours: 9 A.M. - 5 P.M. Monday - Friday
CAMERON PARISH SCHOOLSCameron Parish School Board
P.O. Box 1548, 246 Dewey St.
Cameron, La. 70631
Phone 318-775-5784 Fax 318-775-5097
Cameron Elementary School
Office - 775-5518 or 775-8176
Carol Wainwright, Principal
P.O. Box 609, Hwy 82/27
Cameron, La. 70631
Grand Lake School
Office - 598-2231 or 598-2056 Fax - 598-2961
David Duhon, Principal
1039 Hwy 384 Grand Lake Lake Charles, La. 70607
Hackberry High School
Office - 762-3305
Austin S. LaBove, Principal
1390 School St.
Hackberry, LA 70645
Johnson Bayou School
Office - 569-2138 Fax - 569-2673
Doug Welch, Principal
6304 gulf Beach Hwy Cameron, La. 70631
South Cameron Elementary School
Office - 542-4401 Fax - 542-4402
Barry Richard, Principal
P.O. Box 60
895 Oak Grove Hwy.
Grand Chenier, La. 70643
South Cameron High School
Office - 542-4628 Fax - 542-4419
Eddie Benoit, Principal
P.O. Box 10
Creole, La. 70632
753 Oak Grove Hwy
Grand Chenier, La. 70643
CIVIC ORGANIZATIONSCameron residents are active in community organizations throughout the parish. Listed are active -community organizations in Cameron Parish:
CLUBS AND ASSOCIATIONSCameron Lions Club
Cameron Parish Extension Homemakers Council
- (Cameron Extension Homemakers Club)
- (Creole Extension Homemakers Club)
- (Grand Chenier Extension Homemakers Club)
- (Hackberry Extension Homemakers Club)
- (Sweetlake Extension Homemakers Club)
Cameron Chapter National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Cameron Parish Cattlemen's Association
Le Mesche Bass Club
Cameron Parish Historical Society
Louisiana Fur and Wildlife Festival Association
Ducks Unlimited, Cameron Parish Chapter
South Cameron Rodeo Association
Cameron Parish Farm Bureau Association
Woodmen of the World
ORGANIZATIONSGrand Lake Little League (Grand Lake)
Dixie Youth Organization (Hackberry)
American Legion Post//176 (Creole)
American Legion Auxiliary # 176 (Creole)
American Legion Post #364 (Grand Chenier)
American Legion Auxiliary Post #364 (Grand Chenier)
V.F.W. Doxey-Vincent Post #10019 (Cameron)
Masonic Lodge #439 (Cameron)
Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 225 (Cameron)
Boy Scouts of America (Cameron)
Boy Scouts of America (Creole)
Boy Scouts of America (Grand Lake)
Cub Scouts (Creole/Grand Chenier)
4-H Clubs in all Cameron Parish Schools
Knights of Columbus Councils at Cameron, Creole, Grand Chenier, and Johnson Bayou
Boy Scout Explorer Posts #215 and #216
(Law Enforcement) Cameron Parish Sheriff's Office
FIRE DEPARTMENTSCameron Volunteer Fire Department - District 1
Chief: Ron Johnson Home:337-775-7231
Creole Volunteer Fire Department - District 7
Chief: Jude Primeaux Home: 337-542-4636
Hackberry Volunteer Fire Department - District 8
337-762-4777 Chief: Mike Welch Home: 337-762-3347
Grand Chenier Volunteer Fire Department - District 9
337-538-2440 Chief: Mark LeBoeuf Home: 337-542-4193
Holly Beach and Johnson Bayou Volunteer Fire Department - District 10
Holly Beach Phone: 337-569-2440 Chief: J.P. Constance Home: 337-569-2422
Johnson Bayou Phone: 337-569-2119 Chief: Larry Jinks Home: 337-569-2476
Grand Lake- Sweet Lake Volunteer Fire Department - District 14
Chief: Mark Bertrand Home: 337-598-3223
Klondike Volunteer Fire Department - District 15
337-536-6963 Chief: Joel Trahan Home: 337-774-3139
Lowery Volunteer Fire Department - District 16
337-774-2694 Chief: Charlie Broussard Home: 337-774-3900
CAMERON PARISH RECREATION DISTRICTSHackberry Recreation District
1250 Recreation Circle, Hackberry, LA 70645 ® Tel. (337) 762-3535
Johnson Bayou Recreation District
135 Berwick Rd., Cameron, LA 70631 ® Tel. (337) 569-2288
Grand Lake Recreation District #5
108 Recreation Lane, Grand Lake, LA 70607 Tel. (337) 598-3333
Cameron Recreation District #6
300 LeBleu Camp Rd., Cameron, LA 70631 ® Tel. (337) 775-5087
Recreation District 7 Creole Community Center
P.O. Box 294, Creole, LA 70632 · Tel. (337) 542-4603
Recreation District #8
Rt. 1, Box 228, Gueydan, LA 70542 ® Tel. (337) 536-6963
Grand Chenier Rec. Dist. 99
P.O. Box 207, Grand Chenier, LA 70643 ® Te1.(337) 538-2457
LAW ENFORCEMENTSheriff- 4 yr. Term
James R. (Sono) Savoie
119 Smith Circle, Cameron, LA 70631
Cameron Parish Sheriffs Dept.
P.O. Box 1250, Cameron, LA 70631
337-775-5111 or 1-800-440-5111
Services Offered: Emergency Assistance
Hours: 24 hours per day, 7 days per week
WILDLIFE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICESU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
2210 U.S. Post Office and Courts
Lake Charles, LA 70601
La. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
1213 N. Lakeshere Drive
Lake Charles, LA 70601
CHURCHESCameron Parish is home to many religions. The following churches are located throughout the parish.
· The Catholic Church of the Assumption
· Johnson Bayou Baptist Church
· Grand Lake Faith Temple
· St. Mary of the Lake Church
11054 Hwy. 384 Big Lake, Lake Charles, LA 70607
· St. Patrick Chapel
Hwy. 27 Sweet Lake, Bell City, LA 70630
· Big Lake Gospel Tabernacle
Creole, Cameron and Grand Chenier
· Oak Grove Baptist Church
703 Oak Grove Hwy., Creole, LA 70632
· First United Pentecostal Church
125 Shannon Lane, Creole, LA 70632
· Ebenezer Baptist Church
2005 Trosclair Road, Creole, LA 70632
· Macedonia Baptist Church
1065 Abraham St, Cameron, LA 70631
· Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church
5250 W. Creole Hwy., Creole, LA 70632
· Wakefield Methodist Church
569 Marshall Street, Cameron, LA 70631
· Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church
135 Our Lady Road, Cameron, LA 70631
· First Baptist Church of Cameron
110 School Street, Cameron, LA 70631
· Cameron Full Gospel Tabernacle
116 Harper Street, Cameron, LA 70631
· St. Eugene Catholic Church
Grand Chenier Hwy, GrandChenier, LA 70643
· lmaculate Conception Chapel
Grand Chenier Hwy, Grand Chenier, LA 70643
· First Baptist Church of Grand Chenier
Grand Chenier Hwy, Grand Chenier, LA 70643 · St. James Church of God in Christ
Mermentau River Road
St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church
United Pentecostal Church
Hackberry Methodist Church
Cameron Parish is served by two major state highways. The major north/south routes through the Parish follow State Highway 27 which connects with Interstate Highway 10 in Calcasieu Parish--16 miles north of the Cameron Parish border. The major east/west route, through the parish is State Highwa y 82 which follows the Gulf coast. Traffic on State Highways 27 and 82 must use the Cameron Ferry to cross the Calcasieu River Ship Channel.
United Parcel Service, Federal Express, Emery, and Purolator provide parcel service in Cameron Parish. Motor freight carriers serving the parish include Railway Express, SAIA, and Yellow Freight Systems--but none have terminal facilities in Cameron Parish. The nearest intercity bus service is available in the nearby cities of Lake Charles and Sulphur.
There are no public general or commercial aviation airports in Cameron Parish. There are several private companies that have landing strips and offer helicopter services (primarily to the offshore oil and gas industry).
Commercial air-carrier service is available from the Lake Charles Regional Airport. American Eagle provides connecting flights to the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Continental Airlines provides flights to Houston Intercontinental Airport.
There is no rail service to Cameron Parish. Connections to three major freight rail systems (the Kansas City Southern Railway, the Union Pacific System, and the Southern Pacific Transportation Company) can be obtained in the nearby Lake Charles/Westlake/Sulphur metropolitan area of Calcasieu Parish. Amtrack Intercity Rail Passenger service is also available in Lake Charles.
NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGESCameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge
1428 Hwy 27, Bell City, La. 70630
Visitor's Center: M-F - 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m
Office Hours: M-F - 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wildlife Drive Hours: 7 days, sunrise to sunset
General Information: Established 1988, located 25 miles southeast of Lake Charles, La. and 12 miles north of Creole, La. on La. Hwy 27. Consists of 24,548 acres. Activities: Bird watching and wildlife observation, photography, auto tour (Pintail Wildlife Drive), limited hunting and fishing and boating.
Sabine National Wildlife Refuge
3000 Main Street
Hackberry, La. 70645
Office Hours: M-F 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Visitor's Center: M-F 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sat. and Sun. 12 noon - 4 p.m.
Hiking Trail: 7 days, sunrise to sunset
General Information: Established in 1937, it is the largest coastal marsh refuge on the Gulf. The refuge is located 25 miles south of Sulphur, La. along La Hwy 27. It consists of 124,511 acres of marsh lands. Activities: Bird watching and wildlife observation, photography, (improved 1.5 mile hiking trail ) limited hunting, fishing and boating.
Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge
209 Nature Road Office Hours: M-F 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Lake Arthur, La. 70549
General Information: Established in 1937, refuge habitat consists of 34,878 acres of freshwater marshes and scattered uplands. The refuge office is located in Lowery, La. off La. Hwy 3056. The largest portion of the refuge (Lacassine Pool) is accessed from La. Hwy 14, roughly 4 miles south of Hayes, La. Activities: Bird watching and wildlife observation, photography, limited hunting, fishing and boating.
Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge
5476 Grand Chenier Highway
Grand Chenier, La. 70643
Office Hours: M-F 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
General Information: Rockefeller consists of approximately 83,980 acres of coastal marsh, bordered on the north by Grand Chenier (stranded beach). The refuge headquarters is located approximately 10 miles east of Grand Chenier on La. Hwy 82. Activities: Bird watching and wildlife observation, photography, limited fishing and boating.