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Caddo Lake State Park, Karnack

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Caddo Lake State Park is a state park located in eastern Texas. Caddo Lake, the lake that the state park encompasses, is one of only a handful of natural lakes in Texas. The park consists of 8253acre 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.HistoryEarly inhabitants and explorationThe first humans settled in the area near the park around 10,000 BC. For several centuries, these people used the marshlands of Caddo Lake to gather food. Sometime around 800 AD, the first Caddo settlements appeared in the area. At the time, the tribes in the region were not a connected nation, instead being a large collection of close-knit, peaceful gathering communities. Over time, the Caddo communities grew and prospered, becoming a highly farming community by at least 1200 AD, learning to grow crops such as maize (corn).In 1542, the Francisco de Soto expedition, led by Luis de Moscoso Alvarado due to De Soto's death earlier in the expedition, discovered the complex Caddoan society. They sent back the first descriptions of the Caddo. Several more European expeditions explored the area around the park throughout the 1600s. The Spanish established several Missions and trading-posts during the 1700s, and numerous epidemics caused by the European settlements virtually wiped out the Caddo that inhabited the area. They used the nearby Red River for trading.
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  • October 3, 2017
    One of the cleanest State Parks I've ever visited. The restroom and showers could use some updating but other than that it's a great place. Will definitely be revisiting this location again.  more »
  • September 25, 2017
    We rented one of the 4-person CCC cabins at the park for 5 nights. When we arrived at the cabin, we were pleasantly surprised. The website stated it was only 600 sq. feet, but it felt much bigger. The...  more »
  • August 30, 2017
    We visited this park in November of 2016 and it was rather empty. My husband and I are from Missouri and like to check out state parks when we visit his parents in Texas. We loved it the park was beau...  more »
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  • June 20, 2017
    Beautiful park. Dirty facilities. Upon arriving to our pretty wooded green shaded campsite, I remembered the gross bathrooms from our visit last year. We checked in around 2pm on a Tuesday. I know it's summer but it looked like they hadn't been clean in a few days.(trash needed to be emptied, floor needed to be swept/mopped, & it smelled like an ashtray) I called Marilyn at the front desk and politely requested someone come check them out. Here's hoping. The lake is beautiful & the sites are nice & spacious but I honestly feel I'd be cleaner taking a "shower" at my campsite dumping water over my head by my tent.
  • June 15, 2017
    We have paddled tens lakes in Texas with our kayaks but definitely this is something special. One day is not enough here so I recommend to stop at least one night avoiding rush. You have to breath the nature as well adapting you paddling with slows movements. A lot of wildlife but, unfortunately, in three days we never seen alligators... For those who love the kayak this is a must see!
  • July 5, 2017
    The boat rides are very good. Sports people can bring in their own speed boat and enjoy. Families can hire the guided boat. Lots of things to see. Recommended place.
  • July 5, 2017
    Interactive museum/welcome center/gift shop, great for kids. License-free fishing at Texas State Parks. Great park security. Friendly staff. Beautiful views. Inexpensive camping.
  • May 11, 2017
    Quiet park during week. Cabins have the basics. Good place to relax and forget about what is going on back home. Warning: DO NOT DRINK IN PUBLIC. If drinking do it inside cabin only.

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