Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


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    Amazing Wetlands

    The wetlands of Caddo Lake are a mature flooded bald cypress forest and include cypress trees up to 400 years old.

    Wildlife & Habitat

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    Enjoy, Explore, and Learn!

    For free, you can enjoy wildlife watching, hiking, horseback riding and hunting on the Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

    Visitor Activities

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    Refuge Gallery

    Learn about some of the wildlife that you might see during a visit to Caddo Lake.

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Status of Operations

In keeping with guidance from the White House and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and acting out of an abundance of caution, we are temporarily suspending operations of the Visitor Center and Visitor Contact Center at Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge. We are committed to doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the health and safety of our employees, volunteers, and you--our friends and neighbors. Therefore, planned Refuge events and programs may not take place as scheduled. Refuge lands, including nature trails and outdoor recreational activities, remain open and accessible to the public. Please visit refuge information kiosks or brochure boxes for visitor information and refuge maps. We apologize for any inconvenience and will provide updates as they become available. More information is available by calling 903-407-9303 or emailing

eBirds Sightings


See recent bird sightings recorded at the refuge. Get the app, add your own sightings, and contribute to citizen science!

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Paddlefish Restoration


In 2013, 47 paddlefish raised at nearby Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery were implanted with transmitters and released into the Big Cypress Bayou as part of the Big Cypress Bayou American Paddlefish Restoration Project.

Paddlefish Restoration and Recovery

Alligators of Caddo Lake


One of the largest animals found on the refuge, alligators are a living fossil and have survived on earth for 200 million years. Today, they play an important role in the ecological community.

Learn more about Alligators
Featured Stories

History of the Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant


The refuge began as an Army plant and storage depot for ammunition during Word War II and went on to play a significant role in history as the site where the first U.S. missiles were destroyed, the beginning of the end of the nuclear arms race.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS