From its start in 1903, the National Wildlife Refuge System has owed its very existence to concerned citizens eager to protect America's natural resources.
Volunteers:Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge is always looking for volunteers to assist visitors, help with maintenance projects, environmental education programs, biological work and much more. All types of volunteers are needed and welcomed, including those looking to stay for a while. The refuge has two RV sites and provides free utilities and a washer/dryer in exchange for 32 hours a week of volunteer service. For more information about volunteer opportunities at Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge, please contact the refuge. For more information about volunteer opportunities on Federal lands, visit www.volunteer.gov.
Friends:The Friends of Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge is a non-profit organization made up of local people who care about Caddo Lake and recognize the importance of the refuge. The mission of the Friends Group is to work with the community to educate, conserve, protect, and enhance native fish and wildlife habitats within the Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge for the continuing benefit of the American people. They are committed to helping the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service maintain and improve the refuge for the enjoyment and benefit of all -- and ensuring that this irreplaceable ecological treasure is here for future generations.
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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.