Caddo Lake is a place of great scenic beauty and biological diversity. The ecosystem here predates that of any other large lake in Texas and contains stands of bald cypress trees 250 to 400 years old. The 32,000-acre lake is made up of a sprawling maze of heavily-forested bayous, sloughs and channels that flow ultimately into the more open part of the lake, most of which is in Louisiana. Many waterbirds and the lake itself are best viewed by canoe or boat, which can be rented at the State Park or from marinas in the area. Boaters should carry a map of the lake and a compass, since it's easy to get lost in the densely wooded, confusing channels. Better yet, hire a guide, or tour the lake on one of several tour boats available in the area. read full story
Giant salvania is a noxious and invasive
aquatic plant that was found on Caddo Lake last year on the
Louisiana side of the lake. Giant salvania is a very rapid
growing plant that can take over and crowd out native plants.
Giant salvinia has the potential to alter aquatic ecosystems in
several ways. Rapidly expanding populations can overgrow and
replace native plants. Resulting dense surface cover prevents
light and atmospheric oxygen from entering the water. Meanwhile,
decomposing material drops to the bottom, greatly consuming
dissolved oxygen needed by fish and other aquatic life. This
invasive plant is considered the worst none native / invasive
species in North America. There has been a huge effort by the
Texas Parks & Wildlife, Caddo Lake Institute, Greater Caddo Lake
Association, Cypress Valley Navigation District, City of
Uncertain and more to eradicate this plant from Caddo lake.
There has been a 2-1/2 mile barrier put across Caddo in an
effort to stop the migration of the plant into Texas.
Unfortunately we have had some get through before we were able
to get the barrier established. If you are a lover of Caddo Lake
and you want to preserve it for generations to come, WE NEED
YOUR HELP!! To learn more about this threat and what you can
do to help go to,