The Caddo Lake Dam is a barrier constructed to hold back water at the lake and wetland located on the border between Texas and Louisiana, just 24 miles (38 km) northwest of Shreveport, Louisiana. While this is not a designated stargazing area, the lake is accessible by the public year-round and offers the largest cypress forest in the world. One EarthSky reader says “it’s north of the ‘big city lights’ of Shreveport, and no street lights to interrupt your sight. You can also listen to the water rush over the spill way and dam.” The recreation opportunities for visitors are numerous thanks to the many privately owned recreational businesses such as restaurants, site seeing tours, and marinas; even camping is available at the nearby Caddo Lake State Park. For more information, please visit online or call the Bayou Bodcau Field Office at 318-949-1804.
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!