Commissary Point - Cameron Parish, Big Lake, LA
Commissary Point is one of the finest recreational properties on the Gulf Coast, offering year-round enjoyment of the outdoors. This is a duck hunter’s dream first and foremost, but also offers phenomenal fishing on Lake Calcasieu for speckled trout, redfish, and flounder. No boat is required to crab and cast to redfish just outside the back door, or fish lights for speckled trout off the pier. Birdwatch the waterfowl during the migratory season, numerous shorebirds year-round, and catch the neotropical species on their way back north in the spring. As a bonus, deer, hogs, and alligators are present in huntable numbers, or be a kid again and catch some bullfrogs for frying! The casinos in Lake Charles are a short and easy drive away for additional action. This is a true year-round getaway with a comfortable lodge ready for use, and a rare opportunity to own your own piece of the Sportsman’s Paradise that is Southwest Louisiana.
Located in Cameron Parish near Big Lake, on the east bank of Lake Calcasieu, this ranch is roughly 2.5 hours from Houston, 1.5 hours from Lafayette, and minutes south of Lake Charles. Direct air travel into the Lake Charles Regional Airport is available from both Dallas and Houston.
Topography, Rangeland & Habitat
Experienced waterfowlers know that not all waters are created equal when it comes to hunting. First, its location on the western edge of the Mississippi Flyway in an area of hundreds of thousands of acres of habitat provides the birds. Importantly, Commissary Point is set up so that the waters can be managed for depth, creating shallow areas of marsh full of widgeon grass, plus flooded prairie full of grass seed. This is accomplished via a series of canals, water control gates, and levee system in conjunction with land management. Two primary, adjacent impoundments create “permanent” marsh areas of ±275 acres of more brackish marsh adjacent to ±420 acres of sweeter, more grassy marsh area. North and adjacent to this area is ±570 acres of coastal prairie that is under rotational management and is shallow flooded by relift pumps from the sweet water canals. There is an additional ±340 acres that is currently used for grazing that could be added into the mix of waterfowl habitat with the addition of groundwater irrigation, or it could be overseeded with rye or oats, creating a goose field.
Per USDA data, the uplands soils of the ranch are approximately 85% loam soils, with approximately 15% silt loams.
Ducks are tops on this list of this ranch, as indicated. Greenheads and pintails love the flooded prairie, while gadwall and widgeon prefer the marsh. Blacks and teal trade back and forth, and of course, any of the above can be found in either setting, along with spoonies and the various divers. Many a speckle belly has been taken from Commissary Point.
For saltwater fishing, Lake Calcasieu is a name location for fishermen on both sides of the Sabine River. Fish the shorelines, reefs, or weirs for trout, redfish, and flounder. Or, pack a rod and pick up a redfish after a morning in one of the marsh blinds. Blue crabs are plentiful as well.
For the birdwatcher, this is a year-round delight. From the year-round shorebird population to migratory waterfowl to springtime neotropicals returning north to Louisiana’s own brown pelicans, there are always plenty of species to enjoy, so keep your ID guide and life list handy (along with a good pair of field glasses)! Raptors, various cranes and herons, roseate spoonbills, gallinules, rails, and coots are other common sightings.
Aside from the waterfowl, enjoy watching the white-tailed deer, the occasional hog, sunning alligators, and various varmints that make the marsh and prairie home.
Lodging consists of a very comfortable lakefront home, featuring 3 bedrooms, each with its own private full bath, plus two additional half-baths in the living areas. The wrap-around porch provides fantastic sunrise views over the marsh, and sunsets across the lake. Plenty of concrete parking is below the elevated home.
Additional improvements include a three-slip boat shed and ramp for marsh boats, and a pier into Lake Calcasieu. The shoreline is protected by a bulkhead and generous riprap.
Surface only is included in the asking price. There are no active leases or production, and no pipelines impacting the property have been identified.
William D. Swanson (281) 844 2928
Republic Ranches, LLC Licensed in TX, LA, OK, CO
3535 Westheimer, Suite 227
Houston, TX 77027