Caddo Lake WMA

Phone: (430) 502-2246
4752 FM 805
Jefferson, TX 75657

Contact: Vanessa Neace

Dates Open: Open year round, except area closes for annual Drawn Hunts.


The Caddo Lake WMA has 8,124 acres in Marion and Harrison counties. The Caddo Lake WMA was established in 1992 when land was purchased for conservation with the help of The Nature Conservancy. In 1993, Caddo Lake was selected as "a wetland of international importance, especially as waterfowl habitat" under the Ramsar Convention. The Ramsar designation includes state, federal and private lands surrounding Caddo Lake. The WMA protects a permanently flooded bald cypress swamp, seasonally flooded bottomland hardwood forests, and mixed pine-hardwood upland forests... Fishing, trapping and public hunting of white-tailed deer, feral hog, waterfowl, dove, other migratory game birds, squirrel, rabbit, hare, coyote, raccoon, beaver, nutria, and frogs is permitted with the Annual Public Hunting permit. Primitive overnight camping is available. Outdoor recreational opportunities include wildlife viewing, birding, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and nature photography. This WMA is entry by permit only. The two accepted permits are either an Annual Public Hunting Permit or a Limited Public Use permit. Please see the Annual Public Hunting Permit webpage and the Annual Public Hunting Map Booklet for details.

Please Note
  • Bring your own drinking water.
  • There are no restroom facilities.
  • Insect repellent is recommended.
  • Visitors should prepare for high heat and humidity during warm months.
  • The WMA is not wheelchair accessible.
  • Airboats, ATVs, and ORVs are prohibited.