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Caddo Lake history
On the border of Texas and Louisiana lies one of the true gems of the South: Caddo Lake.

Originally formed by a 100-mile logjam on the Red River known as the "Great Raft", Caddo Lake is the one and only natural lake in Texas, and was 2nd largest in the entire South until the official formation of it's dam in the 1900s.

The history of Caddo Lake pre-dates European settlement, and is named for the Caddo Nation, a confederacy of native tribes known as the Caddoan, descendants Caddoan Mississippian who settled in western Louisiana, East Texas, and southern Arkansas (nicknamed today as the Ark-La-Tex region). In the mid 1800's the Caddo people were forced onto a reservation and then into Indian Territory, and no longer inhabit the area surrounding Caddo Lake.

Caddo Lake has experienced it's share of industry throughout the centuries, beginning as a steamboat waterway connecting the bustling ports of Port Caddo, Swanson's Landing and Jefferson, Texas, along with Mooringsport, Louisiana. Captain Henry Miller Shreve, Shreveport's namesake, led the movement to remove the Great Raft logjam, which would forever change the shape and nature of Caddo Lake. The lake level dropped nearly in half, making safe steamboat passage impossible, and destroying the port industry on the lake.

Industry would have a rebirth in 1911 with the discovery of oil, and the world's first oil platform built over water on Caddo Lake. Several decades of oil production ran on the lake, in addition to other factories, which have all since been closed down or abandoned. The legacy of industry (and the associated pollution) on Caddo Lake was officially put to rest in 1993 with the creation of the 7400-acre Caddo Lake State Park and Wildlife Management Area.

Caddo Lake wildlife
Today, Caddo Lake is known for it's rugged, wild beauty and dense biology. The lake is home to over 70 known species of fish, and over 240 species of birds. This makes it a popular fishing and birdwatching destination, as well as touring, boating and kayaking. From alligators to eagles, bobcats, river otters, owls and beavers, there is plenty of wildlife in this unique ecosystem.

Caddo Lake fishing
As a fishing lake, Caddo is primarily known for lunker largemouth bass, but is also a great fishery for catching crappie, white bass (often called "sand bass" or "sandies") and sunfish. Catfishing is a local favorite, and the lake holds channel cats, blue and flathead catfish. Another fun Caddo favorite is fishing for chain pickerel, a small southern pike that can be found on the edge of weed beds. For fishing Caddo Lake there are several fishing piers to fish from, and it's a great lake to fish from a boat as well, especially with a fishing guide. There are 42 miles of "boat roads" that have been designated to guide boaters through the maze of channels for safe passage, as it's a relatively shallow lake.

For over five decades Caddo Lake has been well known for Bigfoot sightings, spurring the nickname of the "Caddo Critter" for the unknown but frequently-seen Sasquatch. The Caddo Critter was even featured in the 2006 Travel Channel documentary "Bigfoot".

Visit Caddo Lake
Caddo Lake is a wonderful bayou experience, attracting tourists and kayakers who love to see the strange and mysterious age-old cypress trees living in and around the lake. Thanks to these giant buttressed trees, Caddo Lake has a signature look unlike any other lake.

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Caddo Lake Weather Forecast


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Thursday Night

Partly Cloudy

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Friday Night

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Caddo Lake Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 5/25: 171.62 (+3.62)