Nearby attractions include Starr Family State Historic Site in Marshall; and nearby, Karnack is the childhood home of Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson and the Old City of Jefferson, famous as the commercial center of northeast Texas during the first half of the 19th century. Boat tours are offered by a number of operators on the lake. Schedules are dependent on the weather. Shady Glade Marina, Motel and Restaurant 903/789-3295; Caddo Lake Steamboat Company 903/665-1665; Jefferson Landing Riverboat 903/665-2222. Historic Jefferson Tour Headquarters handles the following information for Jefferson and Caddo Lake: tours, tickets and information on many events, including riverboat excursions, horse-drawn tours, home tours, city trolley tours, train rides, horseback riding, general information, souvenirs, gifts, and steamboat tours on Caddo Lake - 222 E. Austin St., Jefferson, Texas 75657; 903/665-1665. Marion County Chamber of Commerce - 903/ 665-2672; Marshall Chamber of Commerce - 903/935-7868; Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau - 800/551-8682
We live in Shreveport and we have been twice so far. We love it. It's such a nice getaway. Quiet, beautiful, easy. They even have an explorers pack for kids (free) to use while they hike compete with a magnifying glass, binoculars, sketch pad with pencils and more. I take my sons (5.5 and 2) with me and they complete the trail easily and enjoy it! We have also canoed once and we plan to do it again. The big cypress bayou is just fantastic!
Thus far, this is the best canoe/kayak trail that I have kayaked. The scenery is just amazing, especially once you get into the sloughs off of the larger bayou. I didn't have time to kayak the whole trail but I intend on going back so do some more of it. The camping there is excellent. The camp sites are not crowded together. Awesome place!
We camped here as a family in September of 2009. While the trails around the park are okay the real highlight is canoeing the water trails around the swamp and river. We rented a canoe for a couple of days and has a great time exploring the bayou. It was fairly hot but under the shade of the thick trees it was bearable for camping. We camped right along the water and had a great time fishing. The state park rents out canoes by the hour or by the day. The park was the quietest place I think I've ever experienced and all sounds are dampened by the thick trees and brush. Moss hangs thick from the trees and gives you and incredible "in the swamp" feel. Cadoo Lake is the only natural lake in the state of Texas.