Caddo Lake State Park RV & Campground Guide

Texas

You can find many things to do under the canopy of trees at Caddo Lake State Park, which is located 1 mile north of Karnack, Texas. Bring your canoe or kayak and paddle over 50 miles of paddling trails. Borrow some fishing gear from the office or bring your own to fish from a boat or the fishing pier on the 26,810-acre lake containing more than 70 species of fish. Consider stopping in nearby Scottsville or Waskom, Texas, to buy some bait. You can also hike on miles of trails at this park that’s located about 16 miles north of Marshall, Texas. 

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Weather
Spring 52 - 78 F
Summer 68 - 93 F
Fall 56 - 85 F
Winter 35 - 60 F
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Nearby Cities
Karnack, Texas
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Caddo Lake State Park

With so many fun things to do on land and the water, you will want to bring your RV so that you can pack in as many activities as possible. If you do not have one, consider renting one from RVshare

Caddo Lake State Park Campground

From historic screen-in cabins to paved camping spots, there are many ways to camp at this state park. Rates start at $10 per night.

Water hookup: Yes 

Electrical hookup: Yes 

Sewer hookup: Yes 

Wi-Fi: No 

Pet-friendly: Yes 

Other amenities: Lantern post, fire ring 

Pine Island RV Park

Gravel, level parking spots are available at this well-maintained campground, and you can get free firewood for a campfire. Rates start at about $35 per night.

Water hookup: Yes 

Electrical hookup: Yes 

Sewer hookup: Yes 

Wi-Fi: No 

Pet-friendly: Yes 

Other amenities: Laundry facilities

BackWater Jacks

The owner of this campground moved to East Texas when he was just 6 and discovered a miraculous environment on Caddo Lake that he wanted to share with others. Rates start at about $30 per night.

Water hookup: Yes 

Electrical hookup: Yes 

Sewer hookup: Yes 

Wi-Fi: No 

Pet-friendly: Yes 

Other amenities: Private boat ramp, laundry facilities

Buffalo Bayou RV Park

This pet-friendly, 20-site campground on Big Cypress Bayou features a private boat ramp. Rates start at about $30 per night.

Water hookup: Yes 

Electrical hookup: Yes 

Sewer hookup: Yes 

Wi-Fi: No 

Pet-friendly: Yes 

Other amenities: Private boat ramp 

RV Rentals Near Caddo Lake State Park

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Restaurants

What to Do at
Caddo Lake State Park

Inside Caddo Lake State Park

Bring along your photography gear because you will want to take photos at this state park. Additionally, throw the canoe or kayak on top of your rig so you can join in on the fun on the water. Fishing is good on this lake that often yields trophy-size largemouth bass, and you can often catch your limit of catfish. You will find many wonderful opportunities to hike and picnic under the tall canopy of trees. Kids can pick up an explorer’s pack in the park’s office and complete activities to earn a badge. 

Outside Caddo Lake State Park

There are many great places to eat and shop near this state park if you get tired of playing on and near the water. You may also want to spend time exploring nearby attractions.

Restaurants

Aseret Mexican Restaurant

See if you can convince the owner to play his instrument when you visit this restaurant that serves brisket and goat meat tacos, cheese enchiladas, and other Mexican favorites. 

Type: Mexican

Location: 17300 FM 134, Karnack, TX 75661

Big Pines Lodge

For over 50 years, diners have been enjoying fresh seafood, frog legs, and alligator at this restaurant that sits on Caddo Lake’s shores with an outside patio. 

Type: American

Location: 747 Pine Island Road, Karnack, TX 75661

RiverBend

Get your fill of alligator, stuffed jalapenos, fresh catfish, cornbread and beans, and other favorites at this restaurant that provides outstanding views of Caddo Lake from the covered patio or through the windows in the dining room. 

Type: American

Location: 211 Private Road 2422, Karnack, TX 75661

Uncertain General Store & Grill

Get your fill of fried shrimp or catfish along with spicy red beans and coleslaw at this restaurant and grocery store combination that also invites you to walk around and view its many historical displays about Caddo Lake. 

Type: American

Location: 5181 East Cypress Drive, Uncertain, TX 75661

Lighthouse

When you are looking for great burgers and onion rings, head to this authentic East Texas bar, where you will be warmly welcomed into the lively conversation between patrons. 

Type: American

Location: 1805 Blairs Landing Road, Uncertain, TX 75661

Shopping

Caddo Treasures

Find new and used furniture, including antiques and garden metal art, at this furniture store. 

Location: 4809 Broadway Street, Karnack, TX 75661

Jefferson Antique Mall

This store is filled with large and small antique items, and you are welcome to come browse as you walk down the wide aisles. 

Location: 224 North Walnut, Jefferson, TX 75657

Yesteryear Gift Shop & Classy Glitz Boutique

Since the early 1980s, this store has been selling collectibles from Jim Shore, Snowbabies, Dept. 56, Roman, Fontanini, and more, along with some clothing and accessories. 

Location: 102 South Polk Street, Jefferson, TX 75667

Port Jefferson Outpost

Find gourmet food items, ice cream, and fudge at this store that also sells health and beauty items, books, and candles. 

Location: 220 North Polk Street, Jefferson, TX 75667

Jefferson General Store

Get old-time candy favorites along with antiques at this store that will make you feel like you have stepped back into a bygone era. 

Location: 113 East Austin Street, Jefferson, TX 75667

Sightseeing

Caddo Outback Tours

Explore the bayous, sloughs, and oxbows of Caddo Lake from a boat with an experienced tour guide who grew up in this area. 

Location: 1869 Pine Island Road, Karnack, TX 75661

Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge

While you can go white-tailed deer hunting in season at this refuge, you can also take the scenic audio driving tour and explore miles of trails on horseback, foot, or bike. 

Location: 15600 Highway 134, Karnack, TX 75661

Harrison County Historical Museum

See 22 rooms of historical displays at this museum containing artifacts from the area’s history, including items from Lady Bird Johnson, George Foreman, and Bill Moyer. 

Location: 1 Peter Whetstone Square, Marshall, TX 75671

Michelson Museum of Art

View over 1,000 photographs, drawings, and paintings created by Latvian-American artist Leo Michelson, along with artwork from 53 other artists. You can also observe an extensive collection of masks from Yoruba, Senufo, and other West African ethnic groups. 

Location: 216 North Bolivar Street, Marshall, TX 75670

Texas and Pacific Railway Museum

Start by exploring the beautifully landscaped grounds of this museum as it features old train cabooses. Then, enter the train museum housed in the old railroad depot that was built in 1912 to see historical displays along with model railroad layouts. 

Location: 800 North Washington Avenue, Marshall, TX 76671

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How to Get to
Caddo Lake State Park

It is easy to get to Caddo Lake State Park from Dallas and other westerly points along Interstate 20. Take Exit 617 at Marshall, Texas. Turn left onto US 59 N/E. In 4.3 miles, turn right on TX 43 N. In about 14 miles, turn right on FM 2198. In 0.4 miles turn left on Park Road 2, and the park will be on your left.

If you are coming from the east on Interstate 30, then head to Mt. Pleasant. Get off at the US 271/TX 49 exit. In Jefferson, Texas, take US 59 South. Turn right on FM 2208. Turn right on FM 134. Go straight to get on FM2198. Turn left on Park Road 2. Continue until you reach the park. 

Entering Caddo Lake State Park

The park is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Per person : $4

Children 12 and under : $0

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