Caddo Lake State Park

A maze of bayous thick with ancient bald cypress trees and more than 70 species of fish. There’s plenty to lure you to the only natural lake in Texas.

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

At Caddo Lake State Park, you can fish, paddle, hike, picnic, camp or stay in a cabin, look for a geocache, and go boating. Rent our group hall for your next reunion!

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.

Ranger Programs

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.

Learn more:

Kids: Become a Junior Ranger!

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.

Area Attractions

Nearby cities include:

Take a boat tour! Schedules depend on the weather:

For other information:

245 Park Road 2
Karnack, TX 75661

Latitude: 32.680233

Longitude: -94.176361

(903) 679-3351

Make reservations online

Reserve by phone: (512) 389-8900

Entrance Fees
  • Adult: $3 Daily
  • Child 12 Years and Under: Free

Open daily.
There is no gate.

Busy Season

March through November


January average low is 48 degrees. July average high is 88 degrees. First freeze occurs mid-November. Last freeze occurs mid-March.

National Weather Service forecast for this area

237 feet

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