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On the Road With Texas Highways: A Tribute to True Texas

Austin Chronicle

Date: 12/17/2014 10:19:00 PM

Wielding these twin skills, Smith imbues places with as much personality as people, as with the haunted swamps of Caddo Lake, its tall, moss-draped cypresses standing like ghostly sentinels in the dark waters. When you know the thing he's shooting

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Pipeline foes: Oil reached Caddo

The Marshall News Messenger

Date: 12/12/2014 2:49:00 AM

Pipeline watchdogs are crying foul over an oil producer’s claim that oil spilled from a ruptured pipeline did not reach Caddo Lake. The company, Sunoco Logistics Partners, has said since the Oct. 13 spill that none of the 4,000 barrels of crude oil

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Fishing Reports

The Marshall News Messenger

Date: 12/7/2014 2:30:00 AM

Consult an attorney. Tucker’s Camp, Caddo Lake: 1-318-658-3984 Water levels are suitable for launching. Perch fair in river area. Fish tops eight to 10 feet deep on shiners, jigs and lilies two to three feet deep on shiners and jibs. Blacks fair on

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Fall in love with a trip to the Lone Star State

Dresden Enterprise

Date: 12/5/2014 6:23:00 PM

Caddo Lake State Park is also worth mentioning, as in late fall trees turn a rust color, contrasting nicely with the Spanish moss and swamp setting. 4. While Texas may not immediately come to mind when planning a fall wine country getaway, the Lone Star

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Alabama Bass Trail and BoatUS Team Up for Towing

News 8 KFMB

Date: 12/3/2014 1:01:00 AM

The 13 bass fishing lakes consist of Lake Guntersville, Wheeler Lake, Pickwick Lake, Lewis Smith Lake, Neely Henry Lake, Lay Lake, Logan Martin Lake, Lake Jordan, Alabama River, Lake Eufaula, and the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta, Weiss Lake and Lake Martin

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• River: Red River
• Surface Area: 26,800 Acres
Caddo Lake is a 25,400 acres lake and wetland located on the border between Texas and Louisiana, in northern Harrison County and southern Marion County in Texas and western Caddo Parish in Louisiana. The lake is named after the Southeastern culture of Native Americans called Caddoans or Caddo, who lived in the area until their expulsion in the 19th century. It is an internationally protected wetland under the RAMSAR treaty and features the largest Cypress forest in the world. Caddo is one of Texas' few non-oxbow natural lakes and is the 2nd largest in the South; however, it was artificially altered by the addition of a dam in the 1900s.
Industry came to Caddo Lake with the discovery of oil beneath it. The world's first over water oil platform was completed in Caddo Lake in 1911. The Ferry Lake No. 1 was erected by Gulf Refining Company. The well bottomed at 2,185 feet and produced 450 barrels per day.
Oil derricks sprang up throughout the lake, around the turn of the 20th century, further damaging the fragile ecosystem. The oil industry left Caddo for richer fields at Kilgore and other locations in Texas. Texas tried to preserve parts of Caddo in 1934 by establishing a State Park, constructed by the WPA. The establishment of the Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant on the shores of Caddo, in the mid 20th century, polluted large portions of the surrounding wetlands until its closure in the 1990s.
In 1993 Caddo Lake preservation entered a renaissance, with the announcement that 7,000 acres of Caddo purchased by the Nature Conservancy were to be merged with the 483 acre Texas Caddo Lake State Park to be become the Caddo Lake State Park and Wildlife Management Area. As a result of efforts by the Caddo Lake Institute, in October 1993 Caddo Lake became one of thirteen areas in the United States protected by the Ramsar Convention. As of 2003 Caddo Lake flora and fauna consisted of: 189 species of trees and shrubs, 75 grasses, 42 woody vines, 216 kinds of birds, 90 fish and reptiles, and 47 mammals. One of these species, Crataegus opaca or mayhaw fruit, is collected from the water to make a jelly that is considered one of the finest in the world. Forty-four of Caddo's native species were either endangered, threatened or rare. From 2001 until 2003 Caddo Lake residents fought a legal battle with the City of Marshall, Texas over water rights.
The lake is currently "under siege" by a fast-spreading, Velcro-like aquatic fern, Salvinia molesta, also known as Giant Salvinia. Accidentally introduced to the lake by boaters, the noxious weed doubles in size every two to four days, rapidly killing off life below the surface. Most of the growth of the plant is currently on the Louisiana side, where officials have been focused on recovering from damage caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.
Efforts at removing the weed have included biological means via beetles that normally eat the weed but cannot survive the Texas cold and now include herbicide. The Texas Water Resource Institute's Caddo Lake Salvinia Eradication Project is evaluating multiple methods of eradication.
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