Caddo Lake WMA
Phone: (903) 679-9817
P.O. Box 226
Karnack, TX 75661
Dates Open: Open year round
Please Note - WMA Event:
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Caddo Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) will be partnering with the National Wild Turkey Federation to conduct a habitat enhancement project on Caddo Lake WMA. The project will entail the thinning of loblolly pine stands to improve habitat conditions for deer, eastern wild turkey, songbirds and a variety of other wildlife species; promote the growth of mixed pine hardwood stands; regenerate shortleaf pine stands; and enhance the overall quality of forest health. Funds generated by the project will be put back on the WMA for conducting habitat enhancement activities such as prescribed burning and combating non-native invasive terrestrial plant species such as Chinese tallow, Japanese climbing fern, Nandina, and privet. Additionally, the project will include infrastructure improvements, including roads, parking areas, gates, fire lanes, and information kiosks. Operations are scheduled to begin in June 2014 and will be concluded by October 2014 to allow for deer season.
For further information, please contact the Caddo Lake WMA at (903) 679-9817.
The Caddo Lake WMA has 8,005 acres in Marion and Harrison counties. In 1992 Texas Parks and Wildlife purchased most of the area that is now Caddo Lake WMA. The next year Caddo Lake was selected as "a wetland of international importance, especially as waterfowl habitat" under the Ramsar Convention. The Caddo Lake Initiative, begun in 1993, includes projects intended to protect the environment and help out with economic development of the area. The WMA contains a permanently flooded bald cypress swamp and seasonally flooded bottomland hardwoods. Islands in the lake make up most of the land mass. The rest of the WMA is uplands forested with pine, oak and hickory trees. Fishing, trapping and public hunting of white-tailed deer, feral hog, waterfowl, dove, other migratory game birds, squirrel, quail, rabbits, hares, predators, furbearers and frogs permitted. Primitive overnight camping is available. Outdoor recreational opportunities include wildlife viewing, hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding. Bicycling and horseback riding are permitted on designated roads/trails.
- Bring your own drinking water
- There are no restroom facilities.
- Insect repellant is recommended for mosquitoes.
- Visitors should prepare for high heat and humidity during July through August.
- The WMA is not wheelchair accessible.
- Airboats, ATV's, and ORV's are prohibited.