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The feasibility study was initiated to identify and evaluate alternatives for managing, preserving, and interpreting nationally important cultural and historic landscapes, sites, and structures existing on, under, and around Caddo Lake, its tributaries Cypress Bayou and James Bayou in Texas and Louisiana and Black and Red Bayous and the historic Soda, Shifftail, and Clear Lakes in Louisiana to provide Congress and the public with information about the resources in the study area and how they relate to criteria for designation of a national heritage area.


3 Historic Districts have been defined with new nationally significant resources to be interpreted via numerous water and road trails:


Caddo Prairie Historic District

14 historic sites

  Monterey boating trail

  Caddo Prairie By Pass Canoeing Trail

  5 historic road trails

  Indian village sites

  2 major nodal sites

  Numerous historic plantation sites                    Click to Enlarge 

Caddo Lake Historic District

  2 historic ports

  8 steamboat landings

  Historic steamboat navigation trails  

  Historic navigation improvements

  Steamboat wreck site,

  Ferry locations,

  Important home sites/personages,

  Indian village sites,

  Historic timber location,

  Major scenic vistas

  State park and national wildlife refuge

  Ramsar wetland of international importance                Click to Enlarge 

Big Cypress Historic District

  Historic City of Jefferson as western anchor

  12 new points of interest as interpretive sites at and downstream of Jefferson

  Historic Dallas Street Wharves interpretation

  Big Cypress Bayou Fish & Wildlife Habitat Restoration Project Park

  Port Jefferson History & Nature Center

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On May 24, 2018 a Bill was introduced to
the House and Senate to establish the
Caddo Lake National Heritage Area.

Click here to view a downloadable copy of the Senate bill.

Click here for House Bill

Archaeological Survey at Caddo Lake, La & Tx

          Click here for PDF of Survey Documents

National Park Service -

Click her to view the Park Service site on
National Heritage Areas.

Economic Impact Studies -

Economic benefits of NHA’s can be seen mainly through tourism and serves as driver for economic development .  Here is a link to National Parks Service website with links to the studies.