Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


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    Amazing Wetlands

    The wetlands of Caddo Lake are a mature flooded bald cypress forest and include cypress trees up to 400 years old.

    Wildlife & Habitat

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    Enjoy, Explore, and Learn!

    For free, you can enjoy wildlife watching, hiking, horseback riding and hunting on the Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

    Visitor Activities

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    Refuge Gallery

    Learn about some of the wildlife that you might see during a visit to Caddo Lake.

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Status of Operations

In keeping with guidance from the White House and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and acting out of an abundance of caution, we are temporarily suspending operations of the Visitor Center and Visitor Contact Center at Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge. We are committed to doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the health and safety of our employees, volunteers, and you--our friends and neighbors. Therefore, planned Refuge events and programs may not take place as scheduled. Refuge lands, including nature trails and outdoor recreational activities, remain open and accessible to the public. Please visit refuge information kiosks or brochure boxes for visitor information and refuge maps. We apologize for any inconvenience and will provide updates as they become available. More information is available by calling 903-407-9303 or emailing

Seeking Public Input

April 15, 2021

Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge is proposing to update the refuge’s hunting program and is seeking public comment on the proposed changes that include: partnership with TPWD to administer hunts, open squirrel hunting.

Learn more and submit comments

eBirds Sightings


See recent bird sightings recorded at the refuge. Get the app, add your own sightings, and contribute to citizen science!

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Paddlefish Restoration


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
Featured Stories

History of the Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant


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.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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