Caddo Lake State Park Reopens After Makeover

By BOB PALMER
Jimplecute News Editor

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Caddo Lake State Park Interpreter Kelsey Johnson explains watercoloring to visitors from Dallas, Eric, John Mark, Nora and Ellie Martinez on New Year’s Day. Martinez said he enjoys camping on the New Year to get out of the city, but this was his first visit to Caddo. It was “refreshing,” he said.

Fresh hot mix provided a smooth ride through the towering trees and along the water-lapped shore.

Brilliant white lines marked spaces in the parking lots.

Cabins appeared clean and ready.

After three months of refurbishing, Caddo Lake State Park reopened last week.

“Every campsite was full last weekend,” Park Interpreter Kelsey Johnson said.

It seemed the three-month wait created a pent-up demand, even in winter.

Texas Parks and Wildlife schedules a First Day Hike at every state park to kick off the New Year, but Johnson opted for watercolors, instead.

“Parts of the easy trails are under water,” Johnson explained. “The other trails are steep and slick. I walked them myself this morning and slipped several times.”

Johnson offered watercolor kits to park visitors Tuesday. She provided instructions, paper and colors, then turned the new artists loose.

Johnson has worked at Caddo for two years. She splits her time between Caddo and Atlanta State Park.

 

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