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Caddo Lake State Park, Karnack

#40 of 219 in Nature in Texas
Must see · Water Body · State Park
Caddo Lake State Park is a state park located in the piney woods ecoregion of eastern Texas and operated as a wildlife management area (WMA), Caddo Lake is the lake that the state park encompasses, and is one of only a handful of natural lakes in Texas. The park consists of 8,253 acres (3,340 ha) west of the lake itself, in Harrison County, near Karnack, Texas. The lake and surrounding area was drilled for petroleum in the 1900s. The lake was created by a gigantic log jam known as the Great Raft.

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  • Came to visit for the day & fish. Very nice & clean. Nice cabins, we want to come back and camp. We will be back for sure.  more »
  • Great pier for pictures over the water and a beautiful hiking trail with well manicured paths and interactive information stands.  more »
  • We visited the park on a day-use pass -- once by car and a second time on our bicycles. It is a beautiful, shaded park. Bring your tent or RV/travel trailer, or rent one of the park's log cabins...  more »
  • Amazing, the park is like nothing I have seen before. The trees in the lake are a sight to behold. There are campgrounds, trails, fishing, picnic tables, so many wonderful things to see and do. The entrance fees are very reasonable and the staff were very friendly. There are tours available as well. if you are in there area this is a place that should be on your list to visit
  • We went on a night hike with a park ranger and quite a few others. It was very interesting. Although, we could've potentially seen/heard more if people respected what they were repeatedly asked - to not talk it be loud. That never happened - but the park employee handled it very very well. I highly recommend visiting.
  • The only natural lake in Texas. Try one of the boat tours to get guided info on how the town and a famous aviator got started.
  • Beautiful!! Love this area and park. The bald cypress give it a haunting, mysterious feel. It's just really gorgeous!!
  • This is the place to be! There is always something to do at the state park. They often offer classes that engage the community with nature and some of the most educational and beautiful nature walks. You'll never regret driving around and finding some of the small mom n pop dinners, it's some of the best food in the area!

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