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Caddo Lake Texas

Exploring Caddo Lake by canoeWow, what a unique, scenic, and intriguing Lake and this Caddo Lake page will help you learn more about Caddo Lake and what there is to see and do on and nearby Caddo Lake. Caddo Lake is one of those must visit lakes to understand, appreciate, and believe it's rich history, mystery, and beauty. Caddo Lake is and the Bayous are alive with thick bald cypress and a tangle of aquatic plants and because the vegetation is so lush, much of the lake is a maze of sloughs, bayous and ponds which makes it fun and erie to explore. Four watersheds help form Little Cypress Bayou, Big Cypress Bayou, Black Cypress Bayou, and Jeems Bayou and together they helped create the largest natural lake of fresh water in the south, covering about 26,800 acres with maximum depth of 20 feet. Don't expect clear water, thanks to all the aquatic live and cypress the water is stained a brownish copper color. Today Caddo Lake is perfect for camping, fishing, water sports, and cruising. See below the Caddo Lake Map for more information about Caddo Lake.

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    Resource Guide For Caddo Lake
    Texas Outside Favorites Cruising Big Cypress Bayou and into Jefferson, Caddo Lake State Park for camping, and skiing/boarding on the Big Cypress Bayou
    TP&W has some good information on fishing, ramps, marinas, and more
    The place to camp or stay in quaint cabins if you're going to Caddo Lake
    Good info on Caddo Lake lodging, camping, restaurants, shopping, and lots more
    Information about lodging, tours, birding, fishing, photography, camping, canoeing

    Some of the history of Caddo Lake includes:

    • in 1835, the US purchased Caddo Lake from the Caddo Indians for $80,000 - the Caddo Indians were the first settlers on Caddo Lake and they were a friendly and peaceful tribe who hunted, fished, made pottery and weapons
    • the lake was a heaven for outlaws of all types and a region of the lake known as
      Old Monterey was the center for a racetrack, saloons, brothels, rooster fights, and more it boasted that it averaged at least one violent death per a day as travelers were ambushed, robbed, and murdered
    • the area started booming in the 1830s to 1840s when paddleboat and steamboat traffic through Caddo Lake was in full swing and used for everything from commerce trade of iron ore, cotton, leather goods, and many
      other trade items and during the Civil War, the steamers were used to move both  military and civilian supplies to the rest of the confederacy
    • the lake level was lowered spelling an end to the paddleboat and steamboat business but creating rich beds of pearls springing up a whole new industry but the lake levels rose and wiped out the peal industry
    • at the turn of the century oil was discovered on and around Caddo Lake and the first over the water drilling platform was built on Caddo Lake and today there are still oil wells pumping
    • today a lot of the Louisiana side of Caddo Lake is under siege by a fast-spreading, Velcro-like aquatic fern known a Giant Salvinia which doubles in size every two to four days, rapidly killing off life below the surface

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