Sunset at Prien Lake Park

Sunset at Prien Lake Park

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Lake Arthur, Louisiana

I had heard of a town named Arthur somewhere in the area – the weatherman mentions rainfall amounts there, a friend’s husband works there, there’s a great Hispanic grocer there, it’s a beautiful area, no, it’s industrial – it’s in Texas, right? No, it’s in Louisiana . . . I’d hear or read. I was confused about Arthur. It took me four years to figure it out . . . Port Arthur is west of Lake Charles in east Texas. Lake Arthur is southeast of us, over in Jeff Davis Parish south of Jennings.

I’d been considering going to Lake Arthur, just to check it out, for some time. But a feature story in Sunday’s American Press convinced me to finally go. Promises of a pretty beach and an ice cream store clinched it for me. It’s a teeny tiny town, population around 3,000 in an area about 2.5 square miles. We stopped for lunch at Nott’s Corner Seafood and Deli. That’s a big crawfish!

Eric and friend Josh ate gumbo. Look at the size of those bowls! You would think we were in Texas!

Down the road from Nott’s we found the beach. They ship in sand from the Ouiska (pronounced whiskey) Chitto River, a place in Louisiana I’ve not yet been, which is known for its pretty white sand. The park has plenty of covered pavilions to escape the sun. It’s quite nice.

Water soccer?

This small town is currently in the process of revitalizing, a “work in progress,” as one proprietor told me. There are a few gift shops, but with three teenage boys in tow, I didn’t take the time for those. I heard there’s a new bakery, but I didn’t see it. We concluded our trip to Lake Arthur with a visit to LA Scoops, the new ice cream parlor I’d read about. They serve locally made Kleinpeter Ice Cream. The Triple Chocolate Stampede will leave you wishing you’d ordered two scoops!


Jan Rider Newman said...

Makes me want to go. I haven't been there in many years, since the old Lakeview (?) Club was open and was THE place to go eat.

Angie said...

Jan, I wonder if it's still there? I did see a place along the lake (it's actually part of the Mermentou River)that looked like a restaurant, but I don't know the name of it.

Stargazer said...

Enjoyed your tour. I haven't been there in "forever." Compared to Oberlin, where I grew up, Lake Arthur is a thriving metropolis.

Common Household Mom said...

Lake Arthur is also about 1 hour north of us (as you know, I'm sure). Except it is an actual lake. Love the photos!

Angie Kay Dilmore said...

CHM, yes, I thought of Lake Arthur in Pa.

Anonymous said...

Angie, it's not still there, however, there is another in it's place. It's called The Regatta. It's named after a festival we have in Lake Arthur every year on Memorial Weekend. You should go next year, it's a good time. I am from Lake Arthur, but live in Georgia. I love going back home now, i used to not care. A group of people have gotten together and have begun a wonderful transformation. It's so exciting to go back now, just to see what's new! Thank you for blogging about our little work in progress! Maybe you will bring a group of friends for a girl's day next time, so you can experience the great little shops there. I hear a boutique hotel is comming, and of course get another ice scream, 2 scoops this time for sure though.
Thanks again,
Bridget Perkins

Angie Kay Dilmore said...

Bridget, thank you for reading my blog! I do want to go to the Regatta some year.