“a wetland of international importance”
The Caddo Lake WMA has 8,005 acres in Marion and Harrison counties. In 1992 Texas Parks and Wildlife purchased most of the area that is now Caddo Lake WMA. The next year Caddo Lake was selected as "a wetland of international importance, especially as waterfowl habitat" under the Ramsar Convention. The Caddo Lake Initiative, begun in 1993, includes projects intended to protect the environment and help out with economic development of the area. The WMA contains a permanently flooded bald cypress swamp and seasonally flooded bottomland hardwoods. Islands in the lake make up most of the land mass. The rest of the WMA is uplands forested with pine, oak and hickory trees. Fishing, trapping and public hunting of white-tailed deer, feral hog, waterfowl, dove, other migratory game birds, squirrel, quail, rabbits, hares, predators, furbearers and frogs permitted. Primitive overnight camping is available. Outdoor recreational opportunities include wildlife viewing, hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding. Bicycling and horseback riding are permitted on designated roads/trails.
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