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General Information

Description Caddo Lake is the only natural lake in Texas. Management of the lake has benefited from the lake's association with Mr. Don Henley, a prominent musician and member of the Eagles rock group.
Country United States of America
Latitude 32° 45' 0" (32.7500)
Longitude -94° 8' 0" (-94.1333)
State Texas

Physical Characteristics

Description Caddo Lake is shallow and heavily vegetated.
Type Fresh


Economic Value
Major Cities

Watershed Management


Biodiversity Conservation

Description One of the highest populations and best breeding area for Aix sponsa exists here. Mature hardwoods in the watershed are vital to the survival and productivity of Neotropical migrants. The Caddo Lake Ramsar site is one of the best examples in the southern United States of the mature Taxodium distichum community.
Designations LakeNet Biodiversity Priority
Ramsar Site
Species of Concern


Caddo Lake Institute



Biodiversity Conservation of the World's Lakes: A Preliminary Framework for Identifying Priorities
Caddo Advisory Number 8162
Caddo Lake: Helping local people to use their educational infrastructure for ecological stewardship of Ramsar Wetlands
Ramsar profile on United States of America


3/30/1997 - Lake of Learning

Additional Data Sources

Duker, L. and L. Borre. 2001. Biodiversity conservation of the world's lakes: a preliminary framework for identifying priorities. LakeNet Report Series Number 2. Annapolis, Maryland USA.
US EPA (2004) National Listing of Fish Advisories Database

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