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Caddo Lake (Texas And Louisiana)

Caddo
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Caddo Lake is a 25,400 acres lake and bayou on the border between Texas and Louisiana, in northern Harrison County and southern Marion County in Texas and western Caddo Parish in Louisiana.The lake is named after the Southeastern culture of Native Americans called Caddoans or Caddo, who lived in the area until their expulsion in the 19th century. It is an internationally protected wetland under the Ramsar Convention and includes one of the largest flooded cypress forests in the United States. Caddo is one of Texas's few non-oxbow natural lakes and is the 2nd largest in the South; however, it was artificially altered by the addition of a dam in the 1900s.Caddo Lake has been enjoyed by visitors for hundreds of years and has been considered a fisherman's paradise, a photographer's heaven, and a nature lover's dream.

Now, Caddo Lake is a state park, gaining its protected status in 1993. It is also one of 13 United States areas protected by the Ramsar Convention. It features a diverse array of animals and plants, including reclusive alligators, sunbathing turtles, and elegant egrets. Even sightings of the elusive Bigfoot have been reported several hundred times since 1965!

The current dam was constructed as a modification to provide for navigation, water supply, recreation, commercial fishing, preservation of existing land values and flood control. Caddo Lake Dam was completed and began impounding water in June 1971.

Today Caddo Lake State Park boasts several miles of hiking trails, public facilities, cabins, and an impressive array of wildlife. Park goers today can still enjoy the natural architecture and park attractions built by CCC.

Location
Texas, Louisiana

Caddo Lake

Caddo
calendarOct 19 2017

Caddo Lake

Caddo
calendarOct 19 2017