Caddo Forest Trail

Karnack, Texas

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If Swamp Thing had a favorite place to go for rest and relaxation, Caddo Lake State Park would be it. Caddo Lake is the ideal cypress swamp with its matrix of bayous and sloughs covering over 26,000 acres. It is the only naturally formed lake of grand proportions in Texas. A natural logjam, the Great Raft, may have formed the bulk of Caddo Lake in the early 1800s, but it is possible that some permutation of the lake has existed for centuries. Today the lake’s water levels are controlled by dams and reservoirs. Its depth fluctuates between 8 feet in the shallows to 20 feet in the bayous, and it harbors seventy-one species of fish. The lake is popular for fishing, but it’s best to forgo a swim as alligators are in residence.

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"If Swamp Thing had a favorite place to go for rest and relaxation, Caddo Lake State Park would be it. Caddo Lake is the ideal cypress swamp with its matrix of bayous and sloughs covering over 26,000 acres. It is the only naturally formed lake of grand proportions in Texas. A natural logjam, the Great Raft, may have formed the bulk of Caddo Lake in the early 1800s, but it is possible that some permutation of the lake has existed for centuries.

Today the lake’s water levels are controlled by dams and reservoirs. Its depth fluctuates between 8 feet in the shallows to 20 feet in the bayous, and it harbors seventy-one species of fish. The lake is popular for fishing, but it’s best to forgo a swim as alligators are in residence."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Karnack
Distance: 0.75
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Best in Winter
Local Contacts: Caddo Lake State Park
Local Maps: USGS Karnack
Driving Directions: Directions to Caddo Forest Trail

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May 2018