“Historic Riverport, to the Southwest”, “Baghdad on the Bayou”, “Queen of the Cypress”; all the aforementioned names aptly fit this small, yet magical place. Nestled between two lakes – Caddo Lake to the East and Lake O’the Pines to the West, Big Cypress Bayou runs lazily through the city and is the main focal point of Jefferson’s colorful and storied past. Although Jefferson is no longer a port city, there is still plenty to do on the water city, there is still plenty to do on the water
Turning Basin Bayou Tours www.jeffersonbayoutours.com or call 903-665-2222. Hour long tours of the Big Cypress Bayou in Jefferson run Tuesday through Saturday 12pm and 2pm.
Kayak and Paddling Trails – http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/boat/paddlingtrails/inland/ Canoe or kayak along prehistoric bayous and sloughs of the Big Cypress Bayou and Caddo Lake
Graceful Ghost Steamboat Tours on Caddo Lake www.gracefulghost.com or call 1-877-894-4678. Steamboat tours of Caddo Lake are Tuesday through Saturday 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm
Captain Ron’s Gator Park and Petting Zoo www.captainronsgatorpark.com or call 903-789-2100. Stand on the feeding deck and watch the alligators get fed or enjoy petting and getting to know some exotic animals from all over the world. Gator feedings are at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm.
Caddo Lake State Park www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/caddo_lake/ fishing, canoeing, swimming, picnicking, hiking and nature studies. Park is open 7 days a week.
Johnson’s Ranch http://www.johnsonsranch.net/ or call 903-789-3213. Full service marina (and oldest inland marina in Texas) on Caddo Lake.
Billy Carter’s Guide Service www.caddoguideservice.com or call 903-789-3213. Billy Carter is one of Caddo Lake’s most experienced guide. Duck Hunting, Fishing, Sightseeing, Birding on Caddo Lake. Reservations are required.
Caddo Lake Outback Tours and Guide Service www.caddolaketours.com or call 903-789-3384. Go-Devil boat tours specilizing in nature tours, scenic tours and photo tours getting into parts of the lake and swamp that other larger boats can’t reach. Reservations are required.
Crip’s Camp www.cripscamp.com or call 903-789-3233. Boat rentals and fishing guide on Caddo Lake.
Lake o’ the Pines State Park www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/fish/recreational/lakes/lop/ bird watching, fishing, hiking
Johnson’s Creek Marina www.johnsoncreekmarina.com or call 903-755-2530. Lake o’ the Pines is a fisherman’s paradise! Fishing Guide, Fishing Reports, Boat Rentals on Lake o’ the Pines