We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Beautiful but small park”

Caddo Lake State Park
Ranked #2 of 6 things to do in Karnack
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: A highly recommended park in northeast Texas with the largest natural lake in Texas and interesting swamp-land. This park is near the towns of Karnack, Uncertain, and Marshall.
New Braunfels, Texas
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Beautiful but small park”
Reviewed 15 June 2014 via mobile

The sites were spacious and had plenty of room between sites, even though the park was mostly full it didn't feel cramped and we couldn't see the people on either side of our lot. We were in site 11 which had a screened in shelter with a picnic table inside and out, which was super nice for getting away from the mosquitoes. We were a couple of sites from the nearest bathroom, but a little far from the bathrooms with showers. It is very close to the fishing pier which was nice because everytime you went to the restroom you could look down at the pond and one morning I saw a great blue heron in my walk back from the restroom. The mosquitoes were not too terrible, but we all got a bad case of chiggers even though we had bug repellant on. It was the all natural repellant so not sure if it works on chiggers. The part of caddo lake in the park is a very small portion of the lake, but is filled with cypress trees. We took a boat tour with captain Ron's pontoon tours which took us into a different part of the lake that was filled with bigger cypress trees. You should definitely go on a boat tour if you want a better view of the bald cypress. Our tour guide was Byron, wasn't crazy about him or his snarky attitude. It was $20/person for an hour tour on a covered pontoon. We called the morning of the tour and went at noon although they do have several tours in a day. I think there are some cheaper options out there, but we just took the first guy that answered the phone. For good eats in Jefferson we ate at Kits Kornbread and Pies and the bayou cafe and bakery, the homemade bread and sinful brownies are to die for! The general store has ice cream!

Visited June 2014
Helpful?
8 Thank Sarah C
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

168 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    105
    43
    18
    1
    1
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Houston, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Finally made it to Caddo Lake SP”
Reviewed 4 June 2014

I had been hearing how much friends had liked Caddo Lake SP and we finally had a chance to take a long weekend there. Went the weekend after Memorial Day, so park was pretty quiet, especially since forecast called for showers all weekend. We enjoyed walking all over the park; scenery was great looking over Saw Mill Pond and the bayou to Caddo Lake. We were in a motorhome and spacing was nice between the sites. Went to several Ranger talks where Ranger Mia Brown shared her enthusiasm for the park and all things outdoors; frogs, birds, and the CCC's history. Enjoyed the talks. Next time, and there will be a next time, we will go out on the water to see what everyone else is talking about. Talked to a fisherman coming in for lunch who said he didn't even open his boat's rod box; he was too much in awe of the scenery he saw as he worked his way to Caddo Lake and back. Will reiterate another's warning, bring your bug repellent. It's a must this time of year.

Visited May 2014
Helpful?
1 Thank cal4361
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Houston, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“easy flowing river”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Took kayak up from houston for two nights camping and some fishing. Heavy rains previous week so fishing not so good. But very serene on river and totally relaxing. Went early in week so campground almost empty(week before memorial day. Sad to say second night group of drunk rowdys came in and disturbed peace. A work crew from some company. Its ashamed they allow this, no night patrol.

Visited May 2014
Helpful?
1 Thank Jefferson7
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Dallas, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
115 reviews
86 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“A great place for the long weekend”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

This is a great place if you want to get away from the city. Make sure to rent a place on the water to get the full effect of the quiet, relaxing set up. The first day, rent a pontoon boat a go around. The next day, spend time in the Caddo state park- there is a little trail but we enjoyed the canoes that we rented here. Kids had a lot of fun, but I don't know if I want them to swim this in water.... Overall, it was a good break.

Visited May 2014
Helpful?
2 Thank VNADFW
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Plano, Texas, United States
Level 6 Contributor
159 reviews
80 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Unique little Texas State Park”
Reviewed 26 May 2014

We just returned from a great trip to Caddo Lake State Park in our 30 ft RV. We made reservations for Armadillo Run and had some friends join us to tent camp in the water only sites over at the Mill pond area.
There is really great history in this area that I will enjoy exploring on a future trip to the area, like Marshall and the old town of Jefferson. Tons of Texas history and old CCC architecture make this a gem.
Our favorite aspect of this trip was definitely renting canoes(they have 16 now) to explore the Caddo River cypress swamp, which just dripped with Spanish Moss. We also enjoyed the short hiking trails, but wish there was more distance to cover. This park is one of the smaller we've visited in Texas.
We also enjoyed the Plants of Caddo Lake SP Ranger activity, Mia Brown did a fabulous job of sharing a lot of information with us.
Even though it was a holiday weekend, it never felt crowded or cramped except for the challenge of trying to find a site that would fit our rig. Our site, #26, was sloped pretty well toward the front (a challenge to level from front to back), but pretty secluded and private. We heard road noise, but also plenty of birds.
If you happen to not have the convenience of your own facilities on board, bring a bike as the restrooms can be a fair walk up the road.
DON'T forget your bug spray or you will leave with many red and itchy souvenirs!

Visited May 2014
Helpful?
3 Thank Jessica D
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Been to Caddo Lake State Park? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing