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Calcasieu Lake is a brackish lake located in southwest Louisiana, United States, located mostly within Cameron Parish. The Lake, also known as Big Lake to the local population, is paralleled on its west shore by Louisiana Highway 27, and is located about 17 mi (27 km) south of Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Calcasieu Lake
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Hurricane debris (2006)
LocationCameron / Calcasieu parishes, Louisiana, United States
Coordinates29°54′01″N 93°16′58″W / 29.90028°N 93.28278°W / 29.90028; -93.28278Coordinates: 29°54′01″N 93°16′58″W / 29.90028°N 93.28278°W / 29.90028; -93.28278
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface area76.8 sq mi (199 km2)[1][2]
Average depth1 m (3.3 ft)

Big Lake is well known among Gulf Coast anglers as a destination for red drum (redfish) and spotted sea trout (speckled trout) as well as flounder and brown and white shrimp. It is not uncommon for anglers to catch speckled trout at seven pounds or larger in this estuary.

On June 24, 2007, a rare albino "pink" bottlenose dolphin, Pinky, was spotted by a charter fishing-boat captain based in Lake Charles.[3][4]

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  1. ^ Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (n.d.) Calcasieu Lake
  2. ^ United States Geological Survey notes that the lake is subject to tidal fluctuation, and has given area estimates from 90 sq. mi. in 1963 [1] to 67 sq. mi. in 1970 [2]
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  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-06-11. Retrieved 2008-06-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)