Caddo Lake

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Caddo Lake

  • Country: 
    United States of America
  • Site number: 
  • Area: 
    7,977 ha
  • Designation date: 
  • Coordinates: 
    32°45'N 94°07'W
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Caddo Lake. 23/10/93; Texas; 7,977 ha; 32°45'N 094°08'W. State Park, Wildlife Management Area. Shallow, heavily vegetated waters of the lake, its sloughs, swamps, backwaters, and hardwood forests. It is one of the best examples in the southern United States of the mature Taxodium distichum community. Wintering habitat is available for substantial numbers of waterbirds and one of the highest populations and best breeding area for Aix sponsa exists here. The mature hardwoods are vital to the survival and productivity of Neotropical migrants. There is small boat traffic to lakeside developments scattered throughout the site. The Caddo Lake Institute has been very active in pursuing Ramsar issues globally. Management of the site has benefited from Caddo Lake's association with Mr Don Henley, a prominent musician and member of the Eagles rock group. Ramsar site no. 633. Most recent RIS information: 2007.

Administrative region: 
Texas, Lousiana

  • National legal designation: 
    • National Wildlife Refuge - Caddo Lake
    • State Park and Wildlife Management Area (Category IV)
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