Caddo Lake Institute (CLI) is a non-profit scientific and educational organization founded in 1992 with the mission of protecting the ecological, cultural and economic integrity of Caddo Lake, its associated wetlands and watershed.
Caddo Lake, located on the border of northeast Texas and northwest Louisiana, includes one of the best examples in the southern United States of a mature bald cypress forest. The area is known for its exceptional wildlife diversity and recreational opportunities.
CLI is proud to work with local communities, organizations and others to protect the unique treasure that is Caddo Lake. Together we are addressing issues such as the need to return healthy flows to Caddo Lake, restore water quality in the watershed, control invasive species, and conserve significant lands. That work has included the designation of wetlands at Caddo Lake as “Wetlands of International Importance" under the Ramsar Convention, an international treaty created in 1971. A healthy watershed supports wildlife and animal habitats, recreation and the local economy.