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Recreation destination coming to Cameron Parish

LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) – A new recreation destination is coming to Cameron Parish, right on the edge of the gulf.

Recreation Destination coming to Cameron Parish

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Recreation Destination coming to Cameron Parish

Cameron Parish has partnered with Venture Global LNG to create a unique destination spot called Lighthouse Bend along the ship channel in downtown Cameron.

“Lighthouse Bend is a project that began a few years ago, actually, in cooperation between Cameron Parish and Venture Global, who is building an LNG facility nearby,” said Robert Kidder, with the Lighthouse Bend project.

Lighthouse Bend will have several amenities, including a marina, market, RV resort, boardwalk, and a 100-seat restaurant.

Venture Global gave Cameron parish a 58 acre plot just north of the LNG plant to use for a recreation spot.

Kidder says it is being built with both residents and visitors in mind.

“It is a visitor destination but built with the residents and workers down there and certainly people in Lake Charles and beyond to come down there.”

A new development, like Lighthouse Bend, could bring extra revenue to Cameron Parish.

“It’s going to be a great thing and a great economic developer for the parish.”

The developers are looking for bids for someone to establish a restaurant, which will be the centerpiece of the destination.

“We certainly are interested in having people who are interested in beginning a business down in Cameron to look at Lighthouse Bend. If someone is interested, for example, in operating the restaurant or the convenience store that’s going to be there, or the RV resort, they’re invited to tune in to our website and download the request for proposals that we’ve put there.”

Kidder says the hope for the project is to showcase the natural beauty of sportsman’s paradise.

“It gives us an opportunity to attract some visitors. We can show them what there is to enjoy in Southwest Louisiana.”

Kidder says they hope to have everything built and move-in ready by this time next year. For more information, visit their website.

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Cameron Peak, East Troublesome fires evacuees face hard decisions



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By the time Becky Jensen returned to her home in Poudre Canyon in late October, she hadn’t slept in her bed for 12 weeks.

Back in August, Jensen returned from celebrating her 50th birthday with a two-week hike in the San Juan Mountains as the Cameron Peak Fire ran east down Colorado Highway 14, forcing widespread evacuations that included her cabin a mile west of Rustic.

For the next 2½ months, Jensen camped out in her mother’s basement in Fort Collins with two cats and a dog, even as mandatory evacuations turned to voluntary. 

“I have asthma and pets. It was smart to gather everything together and head to Fort Collins and stay with my mom,” Jensen said as she prepared to return home after evacuations were lifted for the Colorado 14 corridor.

It’s been a long slog, but Jensen considers herself lucky. Her house is still standing and she was able to take refuge with family. Not everyone had that option.

Unlike the 2012 High Park Fire, when the American Red Cross opened a large evacuation center at The Ranch in Loveland, COVID-19 concerns prompted the agency to pay for hotel rooms for evacuees unable to find shelter with family or friends. 

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The Red Cross reported to Larimer County leaders that it has paid for more than 27,000 hotel nights. A family or single person staying in a hotel room for one night counts as one hotel night.

At the peak of Cameron Peak Fire evacuations, the Red Cross housed 1,300 evacuees in 570 rooms spread across 16 hotels and a KOA campground.

That number soared Oct. 22 when Estes Park residents fled the approaching East Troublesome Fire. Through Tuesday, 2,273 evacuees were housed in 1,043 rooms across more than 35 area hotels and two KOAs.


Hilary and Josh Embrey’s home in Buckskin Heights in Masonville, Colorado was destroyed in the Cameron Peak Fire.

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While the loss of homes is still being assessed, Larimer County Sheriff’s Office has reported more than 442 structures have been destroyed within the county.

Of those damaged or destroyed, 209 are homes —  26 are primary residences. An additional 208 are outbuildings and 17 were designated as businesses that were part of the Shambhala Mountain Center in Red Feather Lakes.

Those who lost their homes will be forced to find more permanent housing over the coming days and weeks while they decide what comes next.

Their decisions — depending on the final structure loss from the fires — could both tighten an already stressed housing market and help a hotel industry decimated by COVID-19.

Want to help: Here’s how to help those impacted by the Cameron Peak and East Troublesome fires

COVID-19 clears hotel space for fire evacuees

In normal years, hotels in Fort Collins and Loveland would have been hard pressed to accommodate so many evacuees as

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