Caddo Lake and Caddo Lake State Park and Wildlife Management Area

Karnack, Texas

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The 32,000-acre lake, including the 478-acre state park, contains some of the finest cypress swamp in Texas. It is one of only 15 U.S. sites recognized by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, dedicated to worldwide protection of wetland ecosystems. The overall area encompasses a sprawling maze of bayous, sloughs, and channels through pine and hardwood forest, bald cypress swamp, and open lake. In warmer months, one can rent canoes in the state park and elsewhere around the lake. Key birds: Wood Duck, Wild Turkey, Greater Roadrunner, Red-headed and Pileated Woodpeckers, Fish Crow, and Brown-headed Nuthatch are present year-round. Anhinga; White Ibis; Wood Stork; Mississippi Kite; King Rail; Purple Gallinule; Chuck-will’s-widow; Scissor-tailed Flycatcher; Wood Thrush; Yellow-throated, Prairie, Prothonotary, Swainson’s, Kentucky, and Hooded Warblers; American Redstart; Louisiana Waterthrush; Indigo and Painted Buntings; and Dickcissel occur in summer. Bald Eagle, American Woodcock, Winter and Sedge Wrens, Eastern and Spotted Towhees, LeConte’s and Fox Sparrows, and Rusty Blackbird can usually be found in winter.
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Birding Texas

by Roland H. Wauer & Mark A. Elwonger (Falcon Guides)

The 32,000-acre lake, including the 478-acre state park, contains some of the finest cypress swamp in Texas. It is one of only 15 U.S. sites recognized by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, dedicated to worldwide protection of wetland ecosystems. The overall area encompasses a sprawling maze of bayous, sloughs, and channels through pine and hardwood forest, bald cypress swamp, and open lake. In warmer months, one can rent canoes in the state park and elsewhere around the lake.

Key birds: Wood Duck, Wild Turkey, Greater Roadrunner, Red-headed and Pileated Woodpeckers, Fish Crow, and Brown-headed Nuthatch are present year-round. Anhinga; White Ibis; Wood Stork; Mississippi Kite; King Rail; Purple Gallinule; Chuck-will’s-widow; Scissor-tailed Flycatcher; Wood Thrush; Yellow-throated, Prairie, Prothonotary, Swainson’s, Kentucky, and Hooded Warblers; American Redstart; Louisiana Waterthrush; Indigo and Painted Buntings; and Dickcissel occur in summer. Bald Eagle, American Woodcock, Winter and Sedge Wrens, Eastern and Spotted Towhees, LeConte’s and Fox Sparrows, and Rusty Blackbird can usually be found in winter.

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Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Karnack
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best April and May for spring migrants and nesting activities; November to March for winter birds
Local Contacts: Caddo Lake State Park
Local Maps: Texas Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme
Driving Directions: Directions to Caddo Lake and Caddo Lake State Park and Wildlife Management Area

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