Caddo Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes I’ve ever visited. The giant Cypress Trees grow right out of the water and are so impressive in size.
In the fall, some trees are covered with colorful leaves, others have bare branches and some still have green leaves. The variety makes for a colorful reflection on a calm day.
If you’re lucky, you’ll see ducks and birds flying around. I watched this Great Egret sit in a tree until he finally flew off and I was able to get a photo of him in the water.
About the Lake
Caddo Lake is a 26,800 acres lake and bayou located on the Texas and Louisiana border in North East Texas and North West Louisiana. (Three hours west of Dallas, TX and 45 minutes east of Shreveport, LA.) The lake lies about half in Texas and half in Louisiana with the Louisiana side being more open water while the Texas side is more swamp like. Caddo Lake is the largest natural lake of fresh water in the south.
The lake is named after the Southeastern culture of Native Americans called Caddoans or Caddo, who lived in the area until their expulsion in the 19th century. It is an internationally protected wetland and includes one of the largest flooded cypress forests in the United States. According to Caddo legend, the lake was formed by the 1812 New Madrid Earthquake.