The wetlands of Caddo Lake are a mature flooded bald cypress forest and include cypress trees up to 400 years old.
Wildlife & Habitat
Enjoy, Explore, and Learn!
For free, you can enjoy wildlife watching, hiking, horseback riding and hunting on the Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge.
Learn about some of the wildlife that you might see during a visit to Caddo Lake.
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The refuge began as an Army plant and storage depot for ammunition during Word War II and went on to play a significant role in history as the site where the first U.S. missiles were destroyed, the beginning of the end of the nuclear arms race. Learn more
About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
Learn more about the NWRS
In 2013, 47 paddlefish raised at nearby Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery were implanted with transmitters and released into the Big Cypress Bayou as part of the Big Cypress Bayou American Paddlefish Restoration Project.Paddlefish Restoration and Recovery
One of the largest animals found on the refuge, alligators are a living fossil and have survived on earth for 200 million years. Today, they play an important role in the ecological community. Learn more about Alligators
In 1993, portions of the area that are now the Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge became the 13th site in the United States designated as "wetlands of international significance" under the Ramsar Convention.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Banner Photo - Abra Zobel/USFWS
Last Updated: May 21, 2014