Market Access & Infrastucture

Market Access & Infrastucture 2017-12-19T11:30:13+00:00

 Access & Infrastructure 


Commercial Airport

The nearest commercial aviation facility is the Lake Charles Regional Airport, 35 miles from the center of Jefferson Davis Parish. It offers air transportation by American Airlines and United Airlines. One and two-stop service is available to most major domestic destinations. The Jennings Airport, with a 5,000-foot runway, and the Welsh Airport, with a 3,000-foot runway, are both located within the parish.

Water Transportation

Cargo Export and Import

Inland Waterways

Cargo can be delivered and exported via the Intracoastal Waterway and the Mermentau River. Lake Arthur offers another inland water access for the parish.

Shallow Draft Access

The Port of Mermentau, is a 9-ft deep port located 5 miles from Jennings.

Deepwater Ports

The Port of Lake Charles, with a 40-foot depth and 400-foot width is located 25 miles from the Lacassine Industrial Park.

 Auto & Rail 



The main transportation arteries through Jefferson Davis Parish are Interstate 10, U.S. Highways 90, 165, and 190, and numerous Louisiana state highways. The state highways are eight in all: 14, 26, 99, 101, 102, 380, 382, and 395. These highways make the parish’s communities easily accessible to each other and provide an extensive network for all ground transportation needs.

Freight Rail

Three railroad companies serve the two main-line communities of Jefferson Davis Parish: Union Pacific Railway, BNSF, and Southern Pacific Railway. There are numerous sites across the parish and in separate townships with railroad access.  The Lacassine Industrial Park has two-mile-long rail spurs.

Distance to Major Cities

In Miles from Center of Parish

  • Atlanta, GA – 625 miles

  • Birmingham, AL – 516 miles

  • Chicago, IL – 1,032 miles

  • Cincinnati, OH – 983 miles

  • Dallas, TX – 391 miles

  • Houston, TX – 179 miles

  • Kansas City, MO – 789 miles

  • Memphis, TN – 493 miles

  • Minneapolis, MN – 1,229 miles

  • Nashville, TN – 704 miles

  • New Orleans, LA – 174 miles

  • St. Louis, MO – 787 miles

Electric Power & Fuel 

Powering Our Parish

Jeff Davis Electric Co-op Inc.

JDEC, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, is dedicated to serving its 7,000 members/owners who live and work in Allen, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis and Vermilion parishes.


Entergy Corporation is Louisiana’s largest power supplier with operating companies Entergy Gulf States, Entergy Louisiana and Entergy New Orleans providing electric energy to 1.1 million customers. Through its operating companies, Entergy serves 59 of the state’s 64 parishes (counties). Entergy is the leading electric energy supplier to the Middle South, a region comprised of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and east Texas.

Water & Sewerage

The water sources for the different parish cities and townships are provided by the individual cities, towns and villages of the parish. Each municipality maintains its own separate sewage system, all of which are also responsible for standard water treatment and purification procedures.

Solid Waste

Jefferson Davis Parish has three separate companies that provide solid waste disposal to all urban areas. Dillon Disposal, Progressive Waste, and Browning Ferris Industries (B.F.I.) serve the parish communities. Jeff Davis Parish owns a regional solid waste disposal facility which offers the possibility of a supply of raw materials necessary for use in the secondary re-manufacturing market.


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Even a crawfish wouldn't mind jumping into a boiling pot today....Bundle up, JDP! #jeffdavisparish #onlylouisiana
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Our office is closing today due to inclement weather. Everyone stay safe and warm!
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Make plans to come out for a fun day in Jennings!!! Mardi Gras 2018!
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Even a crawfish wouldn't mind jumping into a boiling pot today....Bundle up, JDP! #jeffdavisparish #onlylouisiana JeffDavisParish photo
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Lake Arthur Mardi Gras Celebration is Saturday, February 3, 2018! Make plans to attend! #jeffdavisparish #onlylouisiana JeffDavisParish photo
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Ready to start the New Years' Resolutions? How about training for the National MAINLY MARATHON event coming to the I-10 Park in Jennings? February
20, 2018, 5K up to Marathon distance. Visit their site to sign up today!
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Had a nice surprise visit from Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser today at the Tourist Center! He met Pearl, our resident duck greeter and held a baby gator! And today is the Lt. Gov's birthday! #jeffdavisparish #onlylouisiana @LouisianaLtGov JeffDavisParish photo


Official Instagram of the Jeff Davis Parish Tourist Commission. Come Hold a baby gator! Share your images with us at #jeffdavisparish
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