Caddo Lake State Park
East Texas Treasure
Bald cypress trees draped with Spanish moss tower over the maze of bayous, sloughs and ponds of Caddo Lake. Paddle these waterways, stay in a historic cabin, or try your luck fishing. Discover an East Texas treasure!
Things to Do
Alligators live in the park; read our alligator safety tips before your visit.
Fish: Access the 26,810-acre Caddo Lake, which harbors more than 70 species of fish. We have a fishing pier and a boat ramp. You do not need a fishing license to fish from shore in a state park. Ask about borrowing fishing equipment to use in the park.
Paddle: Explore Caddo Lake’s twists and turns. Rent a canoe in the park or bring your own canoe or kayak. You can also venture onto more than 50 miles of paddling trails in the Caddo Lake area (scroll down to the Pineywoods section).
- Choose from 46 campsites, ranging from water only to full hookup sites.
- Stay at a screened shelter.
- Rent one of our historic cabins. These range from two- to six-person cabins, and several are ADA accessible.
Hike: Explore the forest afoot. One-quarter mile of the Caddo Forest Trail is ADA accessible. Learn more on our Interactive Map page.
Volunteer: Visit our Volunteer page to see how you can help.
We lead programs on the nature and history of the park and surrounding area, as well as hikes and paddles. Check our Events page for upcoming programs.
- Check out exhibits at headquarters on the colorful history of this area.
- Download the Interpretive Guide to Caddo Lake State Park (PDF).
- Visit our Nature and History pages.
Kids: Become a Junior Ranger!
- Borrow an explorer pack, loaded with tools for exploring the park.
- Pick up a free Junior Ranger Activity Journal. Complete tasks to earn a badge.
Teachers: This is a Texas Aquatic Science Certified Field Site.
Civilian Conservation Corps: The CCC built the dining hall, cabins and many other park facilities in the 1930s. To learn more, visit our History page.
Nearby cities include:
- Marshall, home of the Starr Family State Historic Site
- Karnack, childhood home of Lady Bird Johnson
- Jefferson, once the largest inland port in Texas
Take a boat tour! Schedules depend on the weather:
- Shady Glade Marina, Motel and Restaurant - (903) 789-3295
- Jefferson Landing Riverboat - (903) 665-2222
- Johnson’s Ranch Marina - (903) 789-3213
For other information: