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Bienvenu Siblings Enjoy Fall Vacation In Popular Recreation Area

Photograph: The Bienvenu family on recent vacation to Lake Ouachita in Arkansas (Photograph courtesy of Dale Bienvenu and family.)

BOBBY ARDOIN
Editor/Consulting Writer

While some St. Landry Parish residents might have spent last week hunting or watching football games, the members of the Bienvenu family formerly of Opelousas, were enjoying several days of outdoor activities in the Lake Ouachita State Park recreation area.

Dale Bienvenu, his brother Steve and sister Lessley and their spouses, watched the foliage in the popular Arkansas vacation transform into a series of colors, as well as spending time boating, camping and observing wildlife which often visit the high cliffs.

Last week the Bienvenu siblings mailed a gallery of photos from their family vacation, capturing some of the scenes they observed as they rented boats, toured on the water, rented cabins and camped in the area.

Dale Bienvenu and his siblings lived in Indian Hills and spent their formative years in Opelousas during the 1950’s and 1960’s. Each of them also graduated from The Academy of The Immaculate Conception.

“(Lake Ouachita) is located about an hour from where (his wife) Jan are living. We drive up often to picnic, rent a boat, go camping. We have been doing this for about 30 years,” Dale Bienvenu wrote in an email sent to the St. Landry Now editorial staff.

For many years Dale and Jan Bienvenu lived on the banks of False River, but several years ago, the couple decided it was time to relocate and begane overseeing the completion of a home on a hill near LIttle Rock while they continue to explore recreational areas in Arkansas.

“The lake is one reason Jan and I moved to Little Rock. You can camp in tents or cabins in addition to move around on the water in a houseboat or pontoon boats. There are about 200 islands, and coves to see. We just like to tie up a houseboat or boats and never see another soul,” wrote Dale Bienvenu.

Steve Bienvenu, an Opelousas attorney, was accompanied by his wife, Patti.

“This place is truly incredible. On some of our trips, we’ve seen at least three eagles, some of them coming down for fish,” Dale Bienvenu wrote.