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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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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

Alligators of Caddo Lake


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.

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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.

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