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Caddo Lake
National Wildlife Refuge



Karnack, Harrison County, TX   
E-mail: Mark_Williams@fws.gov
Phone Number: 903-679-9144
Visit the Refuge's Web Site:
http://www.fws.gov/refuge/caddo_lake/
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  Overview
Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge contains some of the best examples of mature flooded bald cypress forest in the United States and includes cypress tress nearly 400 years olf. The Caddo Lake wetlands also support one of the most diverse plant communities in Texas.

On October 19, 2000, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approved the establishment of the Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge on portions of the approximately 8,5000-acre Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant in Harrison County, Texas. The refuge purpose is the management, conservation, and protection of migratory birds and other fish and wildlife. This bottomland hardwood forest ecosystem provides essential habitat for a diversity of migratory and resident wildlife species in Texas.

The wetlands of Caddo Lake are very important to migratory bird species within the Central Flyway. The area supports one of the highest breeding populations of wood ducks, prothonotary warblers, and other birds in the United States.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service administers the National Wildlife Refuge System and is responsible for conserving, protecting, and enhancing the nation's fish and wildlife populations and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the people.


Getting There . . .
From Dallas (2 hours): take I-20 east to Marshall, TX, and get on Hwy. 59 North. Go through town to HWY. 43 North; take 43 North. In ten minutes or so, you will come up on 449 spur. Take a right on 449 (also a post office sign on Hwy. 43). Follow this for about 2 or 3 miles, and you will come to the intersection of 43 and Hwy. 134. There will be a post office on the opposite right corner and the Karnack Community Center on the opposite left corner. Go straight through the intersection and over the train tracks, and you will enter the refuge.

From Shreveport (1/2 to 3/4 hour) - Take I-20 West to Waskom, TX. At David Beard's Catfish Restaurant, take Hwy. 134 North out of Waskom. Follow Hwy. 134 into Karnack. In Karnack, you will come to the intersection of Hwy. 134 and 43 (T.J. Taylor Avenue). Take a right past the post office and cross the train tracks, and you will enter the refuge.


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Wildlife and Habitat

Approximately 216 bird, 47 mammal, and 90 reptile and amphibian species occur in the area, many of which depend on the specialized habitat provided by the wetlands of Caddo Lake. A number of animals and plants here are rare, threatened, or endangered under national and international laws. These species include, but are not limited to, the peregrine falcon, the alligator snapping turtle, and the Rafinesque's big-eared bat.

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History
The area gets its name from the Caddo Indians whose traditional homelands once included the Red River Valley from southern Arkansas through northeast Texas and southwestern Louisiana.

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