Caddo Lake State Park

Forest Trail Region
245 Park Rd 2 Karnack, TX 75661 (903) 679-3351

This lake was the only natural lake in Texas until it was artificially dammed in the early 1900s when oil was found and for flood control in 1914. A new dam replaced the old one in 1971. From its freshwater marshes, backwater swamps, and majestic moss-festooned bald cypress, Caddo Lake provided plenty of inspiration for the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s who constructed landscape-friendly structures, including the quaint cabins still in use today. Activities enjoyed by visitors include camping, birding, hiking, paddling trails, picnicking, nature study, fishing and boating.

Caddo Lake State Park

245 Park Rd 2 Karnack, TX 75661


Adults: $3, Children (12 and younger): Free.