Caddo Lake Institute

2nd Annual Caddo Lake

Earth Day Regatta

April 20, 2013

Put in your canoe or kayak for a beautiful morning on one of three paddling trails that leave the little city of Uncertain, on the shores of Caddo Lake. Each has unique features and all are good for birding and photography. The trails range in length from 4 to 4.7 miles. Launch fees will apply. The trails include:

  1. Old Folk’s Playground – 4.7 mile loop that begins and ends at Crip's Camp in Uncertain. Passes by the National Wildlife Refuge.
  2. Turtle Shell – 4.4 mile loop that puts in and ends at Johnson's Ranch Marina in Uncertain. Spectacular lotus blooms in mid to late summer.
  3. Cathedral – 4 mile up-and-back trail that begins at Shady Glade Resort in Uncertain. Makes its way through towering, Spanish moss-covered cypress trees.

Photo by Stephanie Price

When: Saturday, April 20th, 2013. Register beginning at 7am and paddle at your leisure.

Registration: Registration is $10 per boat (not per person.)

Register online here...

or in person on April 20th beginning at 7am. (Cash and check only accepted the day of the event.) The Registration tent will be outside the Caddo Grocery at the cormer of Cypress Drive and FM 2198 in Uncertain. If you register online, bring your receipt to the Registration tent to get your commemorative stickers, refreshments, raffle tickets, and other info. We will have a few trail maps at registration, but please print your maps before you arrive to ensure you'll have one. Find maps at the bottom of this page.

Photo by Vanessa Adams

Prizes: Deposit your raffle ticket in a marked bucket located on each trail. Raffle tickets will be drawn for prizes at 1pm at the Registration tent. You must be present to win or make arrangements to pick up your prize. They cannot be shipped. Prizes include handpainted cypress canoe paddles and hand thrown mug by local artists, vintage Caddo Lake boat road markers, Pat Sawyer photographs, t-shirts and other fun items.

For questions: call 903-472-5733 or 512-482-9345, email  

Caddo Lake, located in northeast Texas, on the border of Texas and Louisiana, is one of the best examples in the southern United States of a mature baldcypress forest. The area is known for its exceptional wildlife diversity. The “lake” is actually a sprawling maze of bayous and sloughs covering 26,810 acres. The average depth of the lake is 8'-10' with the deep water in the bayou averaging about 20.' Portions of Caddo Lake and its associated wetlands were named “Wetlands of International Importance” under the Ramsar Convention.

The Caddo Lake area has 10 trails designated as part of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Texas Paddling Trails system. For information on the other 7 trails (not part of the Regatta on the 20th), visit the TPWD website.

Event Sponsors: Caddo Lake Wildlife Management Area, City of Uncertain, Friends of the Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Greater Caddo Lake Association of Texas, Texas Master Naturalist Cypress Basin Chapter, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and Caddo Lake Institute. 

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See the Regatta flyer here.

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Trail maps: Select the format you like best:

Old Folk's Playground Trail
Turtle Shell Trail
Cathedral Trail
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