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Newly Launched Website of Caddo Lake Fellowship & Fishing Guide to Help Provide Better Services

Digital Journal

Date: 2/27/2015 8:58:00 AM

Vivian, LA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 02/27/2015 -- Caddo Lake Fellowship is a local company founded in 2000, recently launched a website to provide better services to its clientele. The said website is designed by experienced and skilled web developers to

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East Texas live music, area events

Longview News-Journal

Date: 2/26/2015 6:58:00 AM

Center St., Longview. Information: (903) 236-4686 or “Caddo Lake Exposed: Six Perspectives” photography exhibit, now through April 25; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m Tuesday through Frida.; 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays

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Enjoying the great outdoors; it’s all about friends: Recapping recent memorable hunting, fishing trips

Allen American

Date: 2/25/2015 1:09:00 PM

Seth Vanover, who guides on Lakes Fork, the Sabine River and Lake O’ The Pines, and Billy Carter at Caddo Lake are two of them. I’ve been fishing with and writing about Carter for the past quarter-century. I’ve known Vanover about three years

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TPWD News Digest for February 19-26, 2015

Newsroom America

Date: 2/25/2015

Contact Bernice Blasingame at for more information. Alligators Amaze at Caddo Lake State Park On Saturday, March 7 and 21, families can visit Caddo Lake State Park to learn about alligators at this fun program for kids

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Enjoying the great outdoors; it’s all about friends

Waxahachie Daily Light

Date: 2/23/2015 4:40:00 PM

Billy is a walking storehouse of knowledge on anything related to Caddo Lake. I remember a couple decades ago when he discovered that the white and yellow bass all but quit hitting minnows in late winter and changed to a diet of crawfish in February

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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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