I just visited the park for the first time since the renovations have been completed. The park was closed for three months, re-opening in December 2018. Many people consider Caddo State Park to be the nicest park in the system.
It's really nice. There a some sites directly on the water. There are also really nice full hookup sites for RV's that are pull-through.
Local news story on the renovations:
I've camped here over 10 times..cannot get there enough!
They have stone cottages with a fireplace to accommodate large groups or families or smaller ones for like a couple which have the outside grills to cook on but no fireplace in the smaller ones.
It's great that there is a State Park right on this special lake. Don't forget your camera! And bug dope, as the bugs might swarm you as soon as you step out of your vehicle (a little DEET keeps them away). Rent a canoe from the park or get a list of local outfitters and boat guides from the Visitor Center. If you're willing to take a short drive from the campground, a guided tour is a fun way to get the history of the area with kids (otherwise, you can read about it in the park's literature and paddle yourself). If you want to get up close and personal with the cypress groves and moss, I recommend advance reservations to be taken out on the water in a Go-Devil boat; the regular boats can't get close to the cypress knees in the shallow water. The bathrooms at the campground are likely to be far from your campsite (they're adding a new bathhouse in 2018, and the temporary ones are quite nice but were a long walk from our site). Bicycles are convenient if you can bring them. We had fun biking around the trails, too.
I have taken my son camping here several times. Great small park. The big attraction here is the lake, which looks like something straight out of a Louisiana swamp movie. Huge old cypress trees with Spanish moss hanging from the limbs. The park rents canoes or there is a boat ramp to launch your own boat. The lake is very shallow and navigation can be tricky if you don't pay attention. I recommend a compass & getting the lake map from one of the bait shops near the park. With those, it's pretty straightforward. There are guided tours of the lake by vendors outside the park that are worthwhile. The nearby historic town of Jefferson is worth a visit also. Lots of history, Jefferson was a major supply point & gateway city to the West prior to the Civil War.
This is a beautiful park which has access into the bayou. The park offers canoe rentals or bring your kayak which you can put in the “pond” and paddle around the amazing cypress trees that are draped in moss. There’s also a boat ramp in the park which has access to Caddo Lake. Sites have lots of trees. There are sites with screened in shelters if you need extra room. Make time to go to Uncertain, Texas and eat at Shady Glade Cafe for the best chicken fried steak you’ll ever eat (I highly advise splitting it). Take your kayak for some beautiful paddle trails. They are putting in new showers/bathrooms in the park that should be complete in September 2018. You won’t regret camping here among the cypress trees.
best place to camp around this is the only natural lake around here and it is beautiful.
The Caddo Lake State Park is the only true natural lake in Texas. Although the story is that the lake was formed by a giant log jam. The park and lake are notable due to the Cypress trees and Spanish moss that surround much of the lake. The park has campsites with full hookups, campsites with electricity and water and campsites with just water. I visited in July and had no problem finding a campsite. There are some hiking trails, but the main recreational activities center around the lake. In the nearby small town of Uncertain there is the Johnson Bait Shop where you can rent a canoe, kayak or boat to explore the lake. Within the state park, one can fish without a fishing license. There are a few piers from which to fish or one can fish from the shore. Be aware that there is poison ivy in the area and along the shore, so learn to identify it and stay away from it.
Our big group went camping here and rented some shelters. We went on a boat tour and it was just gorgeous. We also went to a petting zoo. The campsites are good and in lots of trees. Will definitely go back, especially to kayak!
My husband & I spent the weekend kayaking caddo 2 weeks ago. It is undoubtedly the most beautiful place we've been. He was in amazement because he'd never been before. He's from Cincinnati where places like this just don't exist. Camping was very affordable & there is plenty to do nearby if you get tired of nature.