The mission of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is to manage and conserve the natural and cultural resources of Texas and to provide hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
Caddo Lake State Park is located in Karnack, Texas, was acquired in 1933 and was opened in 1934. The park’s original improvements were made by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Begun by Company 889 in June to November of 1933 and completed by Company 857 between October 1934 and March 1937. The U.S. Army had 15 barracks and an Army mess hall that were converted into the 9 log cabins and group recreation hall that we use today. In addition to these CCC facilities, Caddo Lake State Park facilities include 20 water only tent sites, 18 back-in campsites with water and electricity, 8 screened shelters with water and electricity, 8 pull-through campsites with water, electricity and sewer connections. Other facilities include restrooms with and without showers, picnic sites, boat ramp, interpretive exhibits, a playground and two miles of trail.
Here at Caddo Lake State Park, we are adding improvements and upgrades to an already beautiful park to ensure “…outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations”. Many of these changes will affect our visitors and guests alike over a period of several months in the very near future. One such example is that recently we were able to re-open the main hiking trail once the construction on the new footbridges were completed after months of closure to that area. In April of 2016, severe storms rocked the park and local area, totally destroying a Civilian Conservation Corp footbridge that had originally been built in the mid to late 30’s then later upgraded with new timbers and most recently being totally replaced and is now is open to the public.
Additionally, we will be heavily involved in two more very much needed, high impact construction projects…
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