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Caddo Lake
National Wildlife Refuge

Karnack, Harrison County, TX   
E-mail: Mark_Williams@fws.gov
Phone Number: 903-679-9144
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  Wildlife Observation and Photography
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Refuge staff and The Caddo Friends Organization have improved bird sanctuary and habitat by planting native grasses and by constructing birdhouses, feeders, duck boxes, and bat houses and nurseries. There are many wildlife observation areas on the refuge for bird viewing and nature photography opportunities.

Auto Tour

One of the most comfortable ways to experience the beauty of Caddo Lake NWR is by taking a drive on the Auto Route. The six-mile-long auto tour provides an opportunity to see a small portion of the refuge's native flora and fauna, to learn about its rich history and the ongoing efforts to restore the refuge to its natural state. The refuge is open during daylight hours. Use caution when parking along the Auto Tour Route, as soft ground is frequently present. Please park in a manner that does not interfere with the flow of traffic.

Hiking and Biking

The Caddo Lake NWR is an ideal destination for the hiker or cyclist to take in the great outdoors. Many miles of paved and gravel roads, running alongside some of the most beautiful forested areas in northeast Texas, await the hike and bike enthusiast. The refuge is open to hiking. Some areas might be closed because of management activities or hazardous conditions. Bikers should remain on open roadways.


The 9-mile long Wildlife Observation Trail is open for horseback riding or hiking. This multiple-use trail is well marked. Largely an old railroad right-of-way, the trail allows good all-weather footing with only a few boggy areas present during wet weather. Ample horse trailer parking is available on the refuge. For additional permitting regulations regarding horseback riding on the Wildlife Observation Trail go to www.caddofriends.org or call the refuge office at (903) 679-9144.

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