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Clear Lake Paddling Trail

Description: One of five paddling trails with the same starting point on Big Cypress Bayou, the Clear Lake Paddling Trail is a great trail for the beginner who wants to see Caddo Lake.   This 2.9-mile loop winds along a tight, narrow, twisting water trail, opening into a large hidden pond surrounded by tall, moss-draped bald cypress, then turns toward a hidden lagoon. The charm of this trail is seclusion. Even though the paddler is only a stroke or two from the main river, the trail seems “lost” in its own world. 

Location:  Put-in and take-out at Backwater Jack’s R.V. Park, 621 Longs Camp Rd. Karnack, TX 75661, 903-679-3427.   Note:  Five paddling trails begin at this site.  Inquire locally which trail best suits your paddling adventure.

Directions/map: From Marshall, take Hwy 43 north for 14.7 miles. Turn left onto FM 134 West for 3.5 miles; then right on Longs Camp Rd (CR 2403) for less than a mile to the end of the road.

Float time:  1½ -3 hours

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This list may not comprehensive; inclusion in this list does not constitute an endorsement.

* Backwater Jack’s R.V. Park, 621 Longs Camp Rd., Karnack, TX 75661

* East Texas Sonar 3200 N. Eastman Road, Longview, TX 75605

* Johnson's Ranch Marina On Caddo Lake - 5131 East Cypress Drive, Uncertain, TX 75661
903-789-3213 or 903-789-3268

* Riverbend Outfitters, LLC, 2019 FM 726, Jefferson, Texas, 75657
903-746-7068 or 903-926-0203

Important note: Many paddling trails flow through private property. When the land along a trail is private, paddlers may take out on sandbars within the riverbed, but exiting a canoe or kayak above the riverbed is trespassing.

Care must be taken when paddling to provide for the safety of all passengers.  State and federal laws require operators of paddlecraft to have a personal flotation device for each person on, an efficient sound-signaling device, and, if paddling after sunset, a light source visible from 360 degrees.  Texas Parks and Wildlife Department offers safety tips for paddlers and, with its Texas River Guide River/Stream Flow Application, utilizes data from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to provide real-time flow levels for rivers and streams.