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Description of the Land at Bear Island Catholic Youth Camp

The beautiful property that will become Bear Island Catholic Youth Camp and Retreat Center is located between St. Charles Retreat Center and St. Theodore Catholic Church in Moss Bluff a few minutes north of Lake Charles, Louisiana. The future Bear Island Catholic Youth Camp is centrally located in the Diocese of Lake Charles and consists of an 84 acre tract that features a gorgeous 42 acre island.

The Catholic Youth Camp Facility, Bear Island’s main land consists of seven acres in Moss Bluff where the main facility and the Priest's house will be located. Constructed already is a six foot wide, six hundred and eighty foot long boardwalk that leads through the marsh to Bear Island, the focal point of the Bear Island Catholic Youth Camp and Retreat Center, where the bunk house and shower house will be located. Bear Island’s gorgeous island will also serve as sports fields, a ropes course throughout the island, and Stations of the Cross. On one end of the island at Bear Island Catholic Youth Camp will be alligator feeding and skeet shooting, with canoeing on the other end with access to the West Fork River through a canal on South Perkins Ferry Road.

Bear Island Catholic Youth Camp and Retreat Center’s island itself has huge beautiful trees native to Louisiana such as cypress, oak, pine, beech, and magnolia. Bear Island also has five coves and consists of forty-one acres, with two additional acres on South Perkins Ferry Road. The remaining property surrounding Bear Island Catholic Youth Camp is an equal proportion is swamp, marsh, and river access.

Construction of the Main Facility at Bear Island

David Eakin - Monday, November 28, 2011

The clearing of the island, the construction of the road, and the building pad have been completed. The construction of the main facility, which was scheduled to begin midsummer, was delayed due to issues for permitting (size and 2nd story associated with assembly). We are working through these issues with the architects, and hope to be receiving permits in the near future.  Read More...

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