We drove to Caddo Lake, the only naturally-formed large lake in Texas (about 25,000 acres). It has several distinct habitats: (1) upland forest of pine, oak and hickory, (2) bottomland hardwood forest, (3) bald cypress and water tupelo swamps and (4) freshwater marsh with grasses and reeds. These support a very diverse variety of flora and fauna.
In 1933, T J Taylor (Lady Bird Johnson’s father), several local institutions and other land donors contributed property for development of the first state park in Texas supervised by the National Park Service. Two Civilian Conservation Corps companies developed Caddo Lake State Park between 1933 and 1937. Several of those structures are still in use today. In 1993, Caddo Lake was designated a “Wetland of International Importance, especially as waterfowl habitat” under the Ramsar Preservation Convention.
Before leaving the area, we had lunch at the Uncertain General Store and Grill. We enjoyed their delicious crawfish étouffée. From there, we turned back south.