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Opportunities for recreation are abundant in Jeff Davis Parish, which boasts several parish parks and facilities that are open throughout the year. In addition to the replica of the first oil rig, the Alligator House and the Tourist Information Center are located in Jennings’ 31-acre Louisiana Oil and Gas Park. This park provides picnicking and fishing on its 11-acre lake, playground equipment and a jogging/walking trail.

Houssiere Park, West End Park, War Memorial Swimming Pool and Park, North Cutting Park and Tennis Courts, and the Mermentau River are also prime areas for recreational activities in Jennings. Lake Arthur Park is ideal for swimming, picnicking, volleyball, tennis, basketball and softball. Lake Arthur’s beautiful lake is a wonderful site for boating, skiing or fishing. John Blank Sportsman’s Park in Welsh offers such pastimes as tennis, fishing, boating, picnic areas, RV hookups and trail walking.


Golf enthusiasts take advantage of the Jennings Golf Club. The club features a newly renovated 18-hole course that spans more than 6,300 yards for a par 72, as well as a pro shop, tennis courts and a swimming pool. Patrons can also find a 19th hole, plus a number of tournaments and special events. The golf course is open Monday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. (337) 824-1274 or (337) 824-1284

Hunters are invited to take guided duck and goose hunting tours at Bin There Hunting’s expansive preserve in Welsh. The professional game bird hunts are available during various hunting seasons. Guests can partake in one-day hunts or are invited to stay the weekend at one of Bin There Hunting’s comfortable lodges. There are also accommodations for RVs. In addition to guided hunts, they provide target-shooting areas with safety equipment. More information can be found by calling (337) 438-4868 or visiting

Located at the southern end of the Mississippi and Central flyways, the Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge was created in 1937 as a sanctuary for area wildlife. The refuge protects one of the nation’s major wintering grounds for waterfowl, with peak populations reaching more than 300,000 ducks and 80,000 geese. The nearly 35,000-acre wildlife haven is also home to swamp rabbits, fox squirrel, mink, coyotes, white-tailed deer, a large population of American alligators and more. Hunting and fishing are permitted at designated times, with hiking, biking, boating and wildlife observation rounding out the list of available activities. The Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge is open all year, seven days a week from sunrise to sunset.

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