Caddo Lake
Marshall, TX
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Texas Outside Rating: 7.0

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Brief Overview:
This Review is being worked on. Wow, what a unique experience exploring the sloughs, bayou, and lake. The cypress swamps are nearly primeval and its easy to lose yourself in the twisting of the sloughs, bayous, and backwater of Caddo's shallow water. Big Cypress Bayou which leads into Caddo Lake is lined with river camps and houses (from run down shacks to very well done homes) on one side and the Caddo Lake Wildlife Management Area on the other side. From the Bayou you can take Boat Road C, if you can find it, and travel beneath an archway of river birches, dripping Spanish moss, and cypress nobs through the narrow and shallow cut to Caddo Lake. The first section is covered with green deceptively thick duckweed that opens and closes as you pass through it. Be aware it is very easy to loose your way in the Bayou as well as the lake.

A Typical Texas Outsider Day
In the evening, the outdoor amphitheater puts on a very good presentation on the lake, wildlife,


Other Cool Things To Do:
Make sure you visit the visitors center and check out the 7' long, 200 pound prehistoric looking long spatula snouted paddlefish. Paddlefish are native to Caddo Lake and they are the oldest surviving animal species in North American and they existed before the dinosaurs. Keep your eyes out for any of the several beaver and their homes.

What To Do If No Boat:
Rent a kayak or canoe in Caddo Lake State Park

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Species Poor Fair Good Excellent

*Courtesy of Texas Parks and Wildlife

Camping, Waterfront Lodging, and Day Use Parks

Caddo Lake State Park

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Texas Outside Rating of Caddo Lake
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Texas Outside Rating of Caddo Lake
(scale of 1 - 10)
Beauty:
8
Water Clarity:
4
Skiing & Board Conditions:
10
Beaches:
5
Crusing & Touring:
8
Restaurants & Bars:
5
Safety Level:
7
Lake Lodging & Camping:
7
Fishing:
7

Texas Outside Lakes Rating Scale

Texas Outside rates lakes on a 1 to 10 scale based on:

  • Beauty: high scores are given for lots of trees, hills, or pretty houses
  • Water Clarity: if you’re standing in two feet of water and can’t see your toes or the water has a deep brown color, we’re talking a 1
  • Water Conditions:  rough water with waves over a foot (good for PWCs or surfing) due to consistent wind or boat wakes don’t rate high on our scale
  • Skiing & Board Conditions:  on the weekends if you can typically find a good cove or part of the lake with glass, we’re talking a 10
  • Beaches:  don’t you hate those beaches when you step into the water you sink in mud up to your knees and loose your flip-flops or it’s all slime and weeds or small rocks – if so, that’s a 1
  • Fun Scale: lakes scoring a 10 have fun restaurants and bars, great coves for raft ups or swimming, and fun rental toys
  • Cruising & Touring:  if you can cruise the lake and look at beautiful houses, nice marinas, pretty coves, or anything similar it will score high
  • Restaurants & Bars:  nothing better than cruising over and having some good food and listening to some great music on the deck of a fun restaurant – the ride back with smooth water and a fun moon is also pretty cool – we’re talking a 10
  • Safety Level: lakes with lots of wild and crazy jet skiers or fast cigarette boats will score low
  • Camping:  we’re looking for beautiful spacious sites right on the water with a nice sandy beach to swim and park the boat
  • Fishing:  the bigger the better and they have to be easy to hook

 

*Fishing information was provided with permission of the Texas Parks and Wildlife (www.tpwd.state.tx.us) in 2006. Texas Parks and Wildlife does not endorse Texas Outside or information presented on texasoutside.com. ©Copyright Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

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