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Rutherford Beach

Rutherford Beach is located in central Cameron Parish of Louisiana south of the communities of Creole and Oak Grove, not far from the city of Lake Charles. This excellent Louisiana canoeing and kayaking beach is situated at the old mouth of the Mermentau River. Its position there permits paddlers to go shallow water estuary boating through the old Mermentau River system. It also provides access to Gulf activities toward Grand Chenier to the east and toward Cameron to the west.

Miles of Louisiana beaches can be accessed along the coast. The area is famous for its bird watching and shell collecting opportunities. Paddlers who wish to take part in a combined Gulf and Mermentau River trip can head up the Mermentau River for approximately 9 miles to the Mermentau River Navigation Channel Gulf outlet, then on out into the Gulf before heading back westward along the coast to Rutherford Beach.