Caddo Lake State Park

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Caddo Lake State Park

Texas

(903) 679-3351

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Overview

Thick bald cypress and a tangle of aquatic plants thrive in the waters at Caddo Lake State Park. Because the vegetation is so lush, much of the lake is really a maze of sloughs, bayous, and ponds. The park affords excellent access to the diverse fishing in Texas. Also popular are the park's quaint cabins, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. The park is open 7 days a week year round. There is no gate. Busy season is from March through November.

This lake was the only natural lake in Texas until it was artificially dammed in the early 1900's when oil was found and for flood control in 1914. A new dam replaced the old one in 1971. Caddo Indian legend attributes the formation of the lake to a giant flood. Scientists believe the lake formed when floodwaters, blocked by massive log jams on the Red River, backed up into the Cypress Bayou watershed, forming the lake.

The park's original improvements were made by Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Begun by Company 889 in June to November of 1933 and completed by Company 857 between October 1934 and March 1937. The U.S. Army had 15 barracks and an Army mess hall that were converted into the 9 log cabins and group recreation hall that are used today. There is also a CCC pavilion and remnants of original picnic sites and a latrine along the trails.

Map of Caddo Lake (TX)

Latitude, Longitude: 32.689264, -94.179004

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Activities

  • Boating

    There are canoe rentals in the park, Jon boat with motor rentals (outside the park about 6 miles away), and pontoon boat tours daily except Wednesday.

  • Camping

    Caddo Lake State Park has 20 campsites with water, 18 sites with electric and water hookups, and eight campsites with electric/sewer/water hookups. Amenities include restrooms, showers, picnic sites, boat ramp, dump station, interpretive center, and playground.

  • Fishing

    An angler's delight, the lake contains 71 species of fish. It is especially good for crappie and large-mouth and white bass.

  • Hiking

    There is a 3/4 mile nature trail and 1.5 miles of hiking trails.

  • Picnicking

    Please visit the park web site for more information.

  • Water Sports

    Please visit the park web site for more information.

Seasonality/Weather

January average low is 48 F, July average high is 88 F.

Directions

Driving

Travel north of Karnack one mile on State Highway 43 to FM 2198; go east for 1/2 mile to Park Road 2. The park is 15 miles northeast of Marshall.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(903) 679-3351

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