Caddo Lake

LOUISIANA - TEXAS


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169.25 FEET
12/10/2016
Full Pool: 168.5
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Corps' hosts Patriot Hunt

hannapub.com

Date: 12/9/2016 10:30:00 AM

This includes Bayou Bodcau Dam, Wallace Lake, Caddo Lake, 10 recreation areas on the Red River, Grand Ecore Visitor Center, and J. Bennett Johnston Waterways Regional Visitor Center. These parks host over 732,000 visitors annually. For more information

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Caddo Lake Recovery Center sets aggressive goal to help families still in crisis

www.marshallnewsmessenger.com

Date: 12/5/2016 8:37:00 PM

KARNACK - Nine months after an unruly flood ravaged the areas of Caddo Lake and Uncertain, residents there are still picking up the pieces, with the help of the Caddo Lake Recovery Center. "We are currently working 12 open cases and we have three that are

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Waterfront Cabin on Caddo Lake / Big Cypress Bayou

www.vrbo.com

Date: 11/25/2016 4:00:00 PM

The manager has been emailed. This manager doesn't offer online booking through VRBO's checkout. You won't be eligible for our Book with Confidence Guarantee. Never use instant money transfer services such as Western Union and MoneyGram. Learn more Off the

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Jefferson church gives Thanksgiving baskets to flood survivors

www.marshallnewsmessenger.com

Date: 11/24/2016 2:54:00 AM

KARNACK - After four feet of water flooded their home in March, Lacy Warren and family were relieved to get a bit of sunshine Tuesday when the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Jefferson gifted her, along with five other clients of Karnack's Caddo Lake

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CADDO LAKE STATE PARK

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Date: 11/17/2016 10:29:08 AM

Thick bald cypress and a tangle of aquatic plants thrive in the waters at Caddo Lake State Park. Because the vegetation is so lush, much of the lake is really a maze of sloughs, bayous, and ponds. The park affords excellent access to the diverse fishing in

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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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