Caddo Lake

Caddo Lake State Park Campground Review

Caddo Lake

Review of Caddo Lake State Park Campground in Karnack, Texas

October 2009 – 2 Nights

Atmosphere

The atmosphere inside the park is quite interesting. It has a very backwoods feel to it and we really liked it. To get to the campground you follow an older asphalt drive back thru the woods and down a hill. The campground sits next to a swampy type area along the Big Cypress Bayou and Saw Mill Pond. The campground is fully wooded and gave a great rustic camping feel even though we were in the camper.

Campsite Spacing

Campsite spacing was really good and and most campsites were separated from the neighboring site by trees.

Campsite Quality

Campsite quality was great. There are a variety of different sites. We stayed on a back-in campsite that had the camp area, picnic table and fire ring out to the back side of the camper versus beside it where the awning faced. I tend to like the camp area next to the camper by the awning but this worked out well. There are some nice large pull thru campsites as well. Even though we have a camper we still enjoy the rustic feel camping and this campground provided that atmosphere.

Trails

There are some hiking trails, but we did not get a chance to utilize them.

Boating

There is a boat ramp inside the park off of Big Cypress Bayou. You can take the Bayou all the way down to Caddo Lake. I did put my Kayak in at the ramp and Kayaked a ways down the Bayou and back, then returned to the park thru Saw Mill Pond. There are canoe rentals at the camp store. You can also take a pontoon boat tour if you’d like that leaves from the camp store on Saw Mill Pond. The pontoon boat tour does go up the Bayou a little ways. I really enjoyed the kayak ride.

Fishing

There is a really nice fishing that goes out into Saw Mill Pond. We did some fishing from the pier with nightcrawlers but did not have any luck. Even without catching anything, the pier is still a great place to get a fishing pole in the kids hands. The atmosphere of Saw Mill Pond from the pier is really neat as well. I had read that fishing on Caddo Lake can be quite good and there are places to rent fishing boats on Caddo Lake. You can also rent canoes from the camp store on Saw Mill Pond.

Kids

This was a good campground for the kids. The fishing pier was in walking distance and allowed us to take the kids fishing. Our campsite had quite a bit of play area for the kids and traffic was not bad at all in the campground. There is no beach or swimming.

Overall Comments

Over all we really liked this park and wish we had a couple more days. If we pass through this area again, we will try to stop at this park again. The park was just really different than other parks we have stayed at and we really appreciated the experience here. Next time I would rent a fishing boat on Caddo Lake and take the kids fishing.

Caddo Lake State Park Campground
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