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Caddo Lake

A Texas treasure (That we share with Louisana)
By Sherry Matney

Only three hours to the northeast is the only natural lake in Texas that is of any size. It is Caddo Lake and, according to whom you listen, it may have been caused by an earthquake or by a gigantic logjam. But what is not in question is its mystical beauty and eerie charm.

Caddo Lake is a 25,400-acre lake and wetland on the border between Texas and Louisiana. Although it originated as a natural lake a dam was added in the 1900s.

According to legend, the lake was formed by a series of earthquakes in 1811-12. But most geologists believe the “Great Raft”, a 100-mile logjam on the Red River in Louisiana, formed the lake.

A few weeks ago Paul and I picked up my sister and her husband, Trudy and Bob Huffman and drove to a dear friend’s home in Marshall. Glenna and Rod Ellenburg had set up a tour on one of the many boats on the lake. As it turned out the paddle boat, that was originally booked, had a bad day so we got to ride on a pontoon boat expertly driven by the owner whose name I have forgotten.

The guide told stories, not in the history books, and kept us entertained during the twohour tour. Although we looked hard for an alligator and bald eagle we had to settle for turtles and blue herons. There are multiple markers to show the way for boaters who could easily get lost in the maze.

The bald cypress trees with yards and yards of flowing moss gently descending from the limbs and leaves are some of the most unforgettable sights of the lake. Cypress knees from the lake are now off limits but for year wood makers crafted beautiful lamps and table from the gnarled extensions.

This is not an advertisement for Caddo Lake, but I can assure you it is worth the drive.

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