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“Beautiful Lake! Great Sites!”

Caddo Lake State Park
Ranked #2 of 6 things to do in Karnack
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed 28 July 2014

We went to Caddo Lake for a long weekend. The sites were big and beautiful. The bathrooms were clean and well-kept. We rented canoes, and it was so beautiful to canoes through all the trees. We also had fun fishing down by the lake and going on a guided tour of the ruins and the native trees and animals. We will definitely be back!

2  Thank Celisa H
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Reviewed 22 July 2014 via mobile

We took a guided tour at Caddo and it was amazing. We were shown the large tree lined lanes in the lake and some historical sites from when the lake was traveled by paddle boats from the South and an old juke joint on stilts out in the lake that can only be reached by boat. We saw an alligator and lots of birds and other aquatic life. It is surreal with all the Lily pads hard to tell where there is water. We began at Certain Texas. Amazing thing to see!

1  Thank Shelldoll87
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Reviewed 21 July 2014

I just returned from a weekend at Caddo Lake State Park with my son's Boy Scout troop. We were there primarily to canoe and really enjoyed canoeing among the beautiful cypress trees. The staff at the park was friendly and helpful. The bathrooms were the cleanest I have ever found in a camp ground! I especially liked how they had taped a list of the weekend's programs inside the bathroom stalls!

2  Thank Michelle W
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Reviewed 12 July 2014

The park is nice, but it is along Big Cypress Bayou and not actually on the lake. So if you rent a canoe at the park, you are limited to a small pond at the park and the bayou. It is a long canoe trip to reach the more interesting areas of Caddo Lake. So if canoeing is your main interest, rent a canoe from an outfitter at Uncertain.

There are at least two canoe rental firms at Uncertain. I used Crips Camp. They were friendly and the rental price was low. However, from Crips Camp you need to paddle through the Goose Prairie section of the lake before you can reach the main lake area. If you are looking to minimize paddling, rent from an outfitter on the Big Cypress Bayou side of the peninsula such as Johnsons Ranch.

When canoeing you will want to avoid water with powerboats. That means you'll want to avoid Big Cypress Bayou. The paddle trails are well-marked. The "Geo Plot System" map from Atlantic Mapping is very good. With the map and the trail markers you will not get lost.

Nice trails to paddle are the MM Starr Ditch, the MM trail between Big Cypress Bayou and the M/MM junction, and the area around the M trail. I did not padded the NN trail which is the route into the main lake area from Johnsons ranch.

If you are capable of paddling long distance, there is an entire network of trails in the lake.

24  Thank MaxConcrete
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Reviewed 21 June 2014

This is a great little state park. It is a quiet and beautiful setting with everything from fishing to bird watching to riding a riverboat. I like the bayou aspect of it which adds to its uniqueness. Park center was good and staff there was very friendly and helpful. Will definately return.

2  Thank Granny322
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