Caddo Lake State Park has been set apart as a Wetlands of International Importance. Is it any wonder that a multitude of bird species can be found here!Here are just the "Key" birds: Wood Duck, Wild Turkey, Greater Roadrunner, Red-headed and Pileated Woodpeckers, Fish Crow and the Brown-headed Nuthatch are present at all times of the year.Summer...more
For a serene view of Big Cypress Bayou, a guided tour can be scheduled with Old Port Caddo Rentals and Tours, which is located within Caddo Lake State Park. A pontoon boat will be your transport as you glide past tall Cyprus trees draped in Spanish moss to explore the waterways of the Bayou. Guided tours can be booked on Mondays, Thursdays and...more
These canoes lined up neatly at shore's edge caught our eye as we drove through Caddo Lake State Park.They're available for rent, so you can do more than just enjoy the two trails. A canoe would allow you to be privy to the park's inner beauty from a whole different perspective.Old Port Caddo Rentals and Tours gives visitors an opportunity to take...more
Canoes and kayaks are a popular way to explore the lake and maze of bayous. The water level is kept under control by dams and reservoirs.The lake is fairly shallow in some places at 8-10 feet, but goes to a depth of about 20 feet at the bayou. The park brochure sets the number of fish species at seventy one. Largemouth bass, white bass and crappies...more
The temperature this February afternoon was in the 70's, the sun was shining and we couldn't have ordered a more perfect day to visit Caddo Lake State Park. The park has two trails to try out--we chose Caddo Forest Trail, which is only about 3/4 mile in length and an easy hike offering a shaded walk through the forest, traversing over wood bridges,...more
This was the extent of the wildlife we encountered...one friendly little squirrel, who didn't seem to mind posing for my camera. However, other creatures,such as, alligators, turtles, frogs, snakes, numerous waterfowl and other birds, raccoons, armadillos, feral hogs, white-tailed deer, minks, nutrias* and beavers call Caddo Lake State Park their...more
A Beavers Lodge - Research discovered an abundance of beaver activity related to the cypress as well as a lack of cypress regeneration because of them. This was one of a few beaver lodges we saw. Researchers believer that beaver populations are reaching historically high proportions in the area..more
Don Henley's (of the Eagles Band) grew up on Caddo Lake and threw his support behind the Nature Conservancy's action to preserve the Lake. He has been deeply engaged as founder of the Caddo Lake Institute for wetlands protection. In the Ramsar Treaty, which was signed in 1971 in Ramsar, Iran, the international organization has recognized 13 regions...more
This house served as a bar and liquor store for Harrison County which was 'dry'. On the other side of the river channel where it sat was Marion County which was 'wet'. As an easy convenience and to save a long travel by land to get to it, the house was built on stilts to allow for boats to travel across the channel to buy liquor..more
The upper 1/3 of the lake is a 10,000 acre pristine cypress swamp crisscrossed by a maze of boat roads. It was the site of the first Powerboat Mail route. New boaters should carry a map of the lake and a compass to avoid getting lost among the densely wooded, confusing channels. Better yet, hire a guide, or tour the lake on one of several tour...more
The first off-shore oil drilling happened in Caddo Lake by the Gulf Oil Company although the mushy swamp made moving the heavy equipment for drilling impossible. The US Army Corps of Engineers were persuaded by the oil men to construct an earthen weir at Mooringsport, La. The Corps was the same agency which had hired Captain Henry Shreve to remove...more
I believe in the warmer months you can listen for Yellow-billed Cuckoos, Acadian and Great Crested Flycatchers, Wood Thrushes, White-eyed, Red-eyed, and Yellow-throated Vireos, and at least 13 species of warblers. At almost any time of year, one can hear Fish Crows, Red-shouldered Hawks, Barred Owls, Pileated Woodpeckers, nuthatches and more..more
Between 1845 and 1875 more than 200 steamboats travelled between Shreveport, Louisiana, and Jefferson, Texas marking up more than 2,500 documented trips. Their route took them through Caddo Lake where they made stops at Mooringsport Landing, Swanson's Landing, Montery Landing, and others. The main exports at the time were Cotton and Beef exports..more
Canoes and other small boats are available to rent at the boat pier at Caddo Lake St. Park. The prices depend upon how long you want to use the canoe. I just did it for an hour, but it was worth it. It gives you enough time to paddle around the inlet and the riverway near the park. I was looking for alligators but no luck...they must have been...more
By car : If you are travelling from Jefferson, take SH134 out for about 15 miles until you reach FM2198. Continue straight until you come to the Motor Supply Bldg and turn left for 3 blocks. Caddo Grocery is on your left. Or travel north of Karnack one mile on SH43 to FM2198; go east for 1/2 mile to Park Road 2. Caddo park is 15 miles northeast of...more
East and northeast Texas was home to the Caddo Indians. This area is called The Piney Woods and extends from East Texas to the Atlantic ocean in the South. A deep forest of oak, pine and nut trees, like hickory and pecan grow near the rivers and creeks. The Red River and Trinity River cut through this part of Texas.Unlike some parts of Texas, this...more
Our family has a love of history and it often influences where we travel, so it was interesting to learn about the Indian culture that once thrived right here in Texas. The Caddo people were able to form large 'confederations' since they were farmers. Large groups like this were able to defend themselves from other tribes.This culture befriended...more
January 1999 - A lawyer and two of his buddies were fishing on Caddo Lake in Texas. A lightening storm hit the lake and most of the fishermen immediately headed for the shore. But not our friend the lawyer. He was alone on the rear of his aluminum bass boat and his buddies were in the front. This gentleman stood up, spread his arms wide...more
Giant Salvinia is a "floating aquatic plant" that is quick growing, forms thick mats which push out other vegetation, adversely affects water quality and threatens recreational access.
This 'creepy" water plant has somehow been transported to Texas waterways. It grows in fresh water and absorbs the oxygen around it, thereby causing a problem for fish.
The public is urged to carefully inspect their boats before departing the area, since even the smallest bit of Giant Salvinia can easily create new pockets of infestation.
Caddo Lake State Park offers several different options along with the campsites:1.There are twenty sites that allow Pop-up campers and small trailers, provide water and include a picnic table, fire ring and grill. The charge is $8 per night or $50 weekly. Note: if a generator is used, it must be off between the hours of 10 pm and 7 am.2.Eight of...more
A small fee is charged to enter Caddo Lake State Park--we paid $4.00 for two people. Here are some park rules to be aware of: Guests are required to leave the park by 10 pm unless they have a permit for camping. Permits must be visible on the windshield of each vehicle.There is no picnicking at the park, since the numbered sites are for campers...more
I think I could spend a pleasant night in one of these screened cabins. That is, if you're fortunate enough to have made your reservation early.They're set back from the road in a lightly forested area. Each screened cabin has electricity inside and out*, a water spigot and grill. For these 12 x 16 shelters, you'll pay $20 for each night or $120...more