Caddo Lake
Caddo Lake is located on Big Cypress Bayou on the Louisiana and Texas border. It covers approximately 26,800 surface acres evenly divided between Texas and Louisiana. The average depth is 20 feet. It was the onl naturally formed lake in Texas until it was dammed in 1914. In 1799, the original lake was formed by a gigantic log jam (The Great Raft) at the confluence of the Caddo and Red Rivers. Until the Great Raft was removed, the Caddo Lake channel was used by steamboats traveling to the Jefferson, Texas Port. Named after the Caddo Indians, the lake is an internationally protected wetland under the Ramsar Treaty, and is the largest fresh water lake in the south, and the largest Cypress forest in the world. Thick Spanish moss draped bald cypress trees and aquatic plants thrive in the lake, making the lake a maze of sloughs, bayous, and ponds. The lake is swampy and it is easy for boaters to get lost. Over 42 miles of boat roads have been mapped, and over 100 miles of boat roads are clearly marked for navigation purposes. Caddo Lake has approximately 71 species of fish and 225 species of birds. In 2014, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service released 50 paddlefish into the lake to monitor the lake’s ecosystem. How well this dinosaur era fish survives and thrives will be an indicator of how well the ecosystem is recovering. Activities include birding, fishing and duck hunting. The lake is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Texas town of Uncertain is located on the west shore of the lake. The town of Karnack, Texas is located nearby.
Caddo Lake Location Map 
Current Caddo Lake Level
Caddo Lake TPWD Public Access Facilities Map
Big Cypress Bayou:
This 140 mile long bayou is sometimes called Big Cypress Creek. The bayou is formed in the southern part of Franklin County and flows eastward into Camp, Titus, Morris, Marion, and Harrison Counties. Two major water impoundments, Lake O' The Pines and Caddo Lake, are located on the Bayou. Lake Franklin County, a small impoundment, is located at the headwaters of the bayou. Big Cypress Bayou flows for approximately 38 miles in its upper reaches and an additional 34 miles between Lake O' The Pines and Caddo Lake. Running its entire course through a heavily forested region of northeast Texas, the upper reaches of the bayou are subject to varying water conditions and are not always suitable for recreational use. Log jams are prevalent when floating Big Cypress Bayou and may hinder navigation.  Fish Stocking History