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Parks and Recreation

There are plenty of active and passive recreational activities to be found within and nearby Opelousas. The city’s Parks and Recreation Department oversees nearly a dozen park sites within its boundaries as well as two recreation centers situated in North City Park and South City Park.

Both of these locations offer Opelousas residents a number of summer recreation programs with everything from baseball and softball, a Biddy Ball League and art, drama, music, dance, tennis and swimming lessons to a program for the area’s senior citizens.

Nestled within central St. Landry Parish is the 11,000-acre Thistlethwaite Wildlife Management Area, an ideal site for hunting and educational nature walks. Situated just outside of the parish in Ville Platte is Chicot State Park. This 6,400-acre park provides ample opportunities for fishing and boating on Lake Chicot (three boat launches are available) and plenty of sites for camping, picnicking, swimming, climbing playground equipment and hiking along a trail that encompasses the lake itself.

Golfers don’t have to look far for excellent courses. The 18-hole Indian Hills Country Club offers a 6,149-yard course for a par of 71. Opened in 1949, Indian Hills features Bermuda Grass fairways and greens and it is perfect for those looking for either a challenge or a leisurely game amongst friends.

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