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Location and Transportation

Location and Transportation

Spanning more than 650 square miles in the southwestern portion of Louisiana, Jeff Davis Parish is strategically located near a number of excellent modes of transportation. The parish is ideally placed within reach of major highway networks, airports, railways and waterways – all making travel and distribution in and out of the area quick and convenient.

A wealth of arterial highways wind throughout the parish, offering easy accessibility to neighboring communities and regional and national destinations. Main thoroughfares in and near the parish include Interstate 10; U.S. Highways 90, 165 and 190; and eight Louisiana state highways. These State Highways include 14, 26, 99, 101, 102, 380, 382 and 395. Commuters can also take advantage of affordable transportation through the area’s only public-use service, the Jefferson Davis Parish Public Transit.


Commercial air travel can be accessed through the Lake Charles Regional Airport, a short 35 miles from the center of the parish. The airport accommodates the travel needs of Southwest Louisiana through the services of American Airlines’ nonstop service to the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and United Airlines’ nonstop service to the Houston Intercontinental Airport. General aviation is provided here and can also be found within the parish at Jennings Airport (5,000-foot runway) and Welsh Airport (3,000-foot runway).

For businesses, the Union Pacific Railroad is centrally located within the parish, with the availability of the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railroad and the Southern Pacific Railway serving the area as well.

Additionally, the parish’s location along the Mermentau River affords it access to the Port of Mermentau (a shallow water port), as well as a connection to the Intracoastal Waterway. Lake Arthur provides an additional water access source, along with the Port of Lake Charles, a deepwater port located 35 miles from Jennings.

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