Caddo Lake – November 14 – 16th
The next field trip is to Caddo Lake on the weekend of November 14th to the 16th. Caddo is located along the Louisiana/Texas border and is Texas’ only natural lake. It is a shallow lake and contains huge numbers of cypress trees that are festooned with spanish moss. The scenery is exotic and wildlife is plentiful. The best way to experience the lake in on a boat tour, and I have reserved pontoon boats through Spatterdock, Inc. The tours leave out of the Johnson Ranch Marina which is located one block east of the main intersection in Uncertain, Texas on the left on E. Cypress Drive. The tours are scheduled for sunrise, leaving at 6:10am, and sunset, leaving at 3:30pm on Saturday. The charge is $25 per hour per person, and they usually last about two hours. We’ll get together for breakfast after the morning tour at Karen’s Kitchen at the marina. For those who are interested, we’ll meet for lunch at the Shady Glade Cafe on 449 Cypress Drive 1:00pm, and again for dinner at about 6:30pm at the Big Pines Lodge, 477 Pine Island Road. Pine Island Road is about 2 miles west of Uncertain off FM 2198. Other places of interest nearby include Caddo State Park, about four miles west of Uncertain off FM 2198. It is a heavily forested area with nature trails, fishing docks and old rock cabins built by the WPA. Also, Jefferson is an historic town 13 miles west of Uncertain that was a railroad hub and a port for steamboats in the 19th century. It has many pre-civil war and Victorian structures that still remain.
Caddo lake is about 180 miles east of Dallas. Take I-20 east to Marshall, exit on Hwy 59 northbound at Marshall, in Marshall turn right onto SH 43 and go north about 15 miles to FM 2198, turn right and go eastward 5 miles to Uncertain.
Questions? Call me at 972-824-4106. Gary Kelly