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Location: Caddo Lake, TX
Board: ISLE Explorer & Scout
While visiting Texas, my wife and I Googled “Best Outdoor Adventures in Texas” and BOOM — there it is, an eerie but gorgeous lake just outside of Uncertain, TX that was beckoning for a paddle board. The name is Caddo Lake State Park and it’s the first and only natural lake in the state. The cypress trees protrude out of the bayou while the Spanish moss hangs off like drapes in a historic Victorian house. The brownish water sprinkled with vibrant green lily pads makes this paddle boarding spot one of the most unique SUP destinations in Texas, and arguably, the entire United States.
There are many different places to launch your SUP and each has a different feel to it. Launching at the main parking lot will be the coolest and best experience, although it can be muddy to get out in the water. You can also enter at the boat launch which will place you directly into the river where you’ll have to take a left to enter the pond with all the gorgeous trees. The third location is by campsites 63-65 that’s best accessible if you’re enjoying the tent camping area. You can spend hours just exploring the pond which has inlets or paddling trails that go pretty far back. But be careful of how shallow those inlets can get.
This park has 55 campsites which range from cabins, RV hookups, and simple tent camping; it’s only $10 for a single car and an extra $4 per person. All campsites are level which makes it great if you’re in an RV or doing the Van Life thing. We recommend you get one of the amazing sites right on the water – 63, 64 or 65. The campsites even have hot showers and bathrooms in a couple locations.
If you didn’t bring your ISLE stand up paddle board, you can always rent canoes to paddle Caddo Lake & the bayou. The rental fee is $10, but be sure to make a reservation or go in early as these are a hot commodity in the park. There are no additional charges bring your own SUP or kayak, but just make sure to be safe with a leash & PFD, especially if you’re paddling alone.
We spent a week exploring Texas and tried to use our paddle boards as often as possible. We hope you can enjoy some of our favorite spots:
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