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Conceptual Rendering, Contraband PointeContraband Pointe is the name of the mixed unit development that encompases 149 acres bordered by W. Prien Lake Road, Contraband Bayou, and Nelson Road, to the East and North of Prien Lake Plaza. Presently, approximately 111 acres remain available.

The name was selected because approximately 5000 feet of the property fronts the historic and beautiful Contraband Bayou.  

This bayou, which runs through Lake Charles to Prien Lake, is so named because the famous Pirate Jean Lafitte was rumored to have buried treasures along its shores. 

Contraband Parkway will connect Prien Lake Road from the recently completed traffic circle at Holly Hill to Nelson Road.

Stripping of Contraband Parkway completeThe owners have donated the land for the road which is now under construction.

Contraband Parkway will be a 4-lane road with a median and sidewalks on both sides. There will be an internal traffic circle, as indicated on this conceptual drawing. This new road will provide a much needed traffic artery in this heavily traveled area.

This June 23, 2019 photo shows that the stripping of the Contraband Parkway is complete.

Hard-surfacing of Contraband Parkway began in mid-July. The completion date is projected for mid July, 2019 with a worst-case completion date of August, 2019.

Absolutely!  The owners have taken several steps to reduce due diligence time for developers and to be developer-friendly.  For example:

Example of residential waterfront settingAt this time, individual lots are not available.  However, those interested in registering their interest and type of lot desired are encouraged to e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., understanding that their information will be passed on to future developer(s). 

The owner's goal is to sell large parcels to residential developers.

It is anticipated that a variety of home types will be offered, including condos, single family, townhouses, and live-work.

Waterfront lots as well as non-waterfront lots are envisioned.


Part of being developer-friendly involves being flexible.  The owners are very willing to consider other ideas.

Yes. Deed restrictions and architectural standards will be developed.

Yes, especially along Contraband Parkway closer to what is likely to be a residential/mixed-use area. Preferred signage will be "monument" type signs.

Photo of Contraband Bayou taken from Contraband PointeAs multi-generational owners of the property, the goal of these Barbe heirs is to see this property developed as a first-class mixed-use community that includes commercial, lifestyle and entertainment, and residential properties.

A significant focus is on the approximate one mile of navigable water frontage.  With that in mind, the creation of a first-class marina and/or marina hotel is one of the goals along with waterfront dining, shopping, and boardwalks.

With all of the water and natural beauty that is Southwest Louisiana, the Lake area has been lacking in developments that embrace the water.  The owners hope that this development will fill this gap.


  • Contraband Parkway nearing completion (4 lane road from W. Prien Lake Road at Holly Hill to Nelson at L’Auberge Avenue)
  • 5,000 feet along Contraband Bayou
  • 121 Acres zoned “Business”
  • Prime opportunity for Town Center featuring residential, commercial, medical, and offices


  • 3400+ hotel rooms within 1.5 miles of the W. Prien Lake entrance
  • 2 Major Casino Resorts
  • Visibility and easy access to and from Interstate-210
  • Centrally between Houston and New Orleans (2.5 hours from Houston and 3 hours from New Orleans)
  • Nearby Commercial
  • Vital and Growing Economy!

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Road progress as of July 13, 2019

From the traffic circle at W. Prien Lake and Holly Hill Road, facing North.
Facing South toward W. Prien Lake Road and Interstate 10
Golden Nugget and L'Auberge Hotel and Casinos are located just across Nelson Road.
Facing North from internal traffic circle
Facing West toward Nelson Road
Future home of Rowdys and Shucks
Internal traffic circle within Contraband Pointe
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