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Caddo Lake State Park

  • Kayaking Family at Caddo Lake
    Paddle underneath towering bald cypress trees as you explore Caddo Lake.
  • Caddo Lake Program
    Learn about the park at a program led by a park ranger.
  • Couple Exploring Caddo Lake
    Discover the sights and sounds of East Texas on our trails.
  • Fishing at Caddo Lake
    The fishing is fine; more than 70 species of fish live here.
  • Caddo Lake and Cypress Trees
    Marvel at the maze of bayous thick with ancient bald cypress.
  • Caddo Cabin
    Reserve one of our historic cabins, built more than 80 years ago by the CCC.

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.


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. 


Explore Caddo Lake’s twists and turns. Rent a canoe in the park office (daily from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m.) 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). While there are many trails in the area, only Hell’s Half Acre begins in the park.

    Learn more about canoe rentals in the park.


    • 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.


    Explore the forest afoot. One-quarter mile of the Caddo Forest Trail is ADA accessible. Learn more on our Trails Information page.


    Pick up gifts and souvenirs at the park store.

    Get involved

    Volunteer: Visit our Volunteer page to see how you can help.

    Donate: Support state parks by donating to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation.

    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:


    Become a Junior Ranger!


    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: $4 Daily
    • Child 12 Years and Under: Free

    Open daily,
    8:15 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

    We often reach capacity and highly recommend reservations for both camping and day use. To guarantee entry, reserve passes online or by calling the customer service center before you visit.

    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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