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Mill Pond Paddling Trail

Mill Pond Paddling TrailDescription: The “carpet” of spatterdock and American lotus on Mill Pond make the Mill Pond Trail a little harder paddle, but the rewards are worth it – spectacular views, wading birds, Caddo Lake’s classic bald cypress trees, and fishing opportunities.  The trail offers the option of a 7.2-mile loop back to the put-in point or a shuttle that can be arranged to give the paddler the opportunity to go on downstream to explore the trails of Caddo Lake State Park.

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.
Location map: Click here.

Float time:  3-4 hours

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Outfitters:
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;
903-679-3427    www.backwaterjacksrv.com/

* East Texas Sonar 3200 N. Eastman Road, Longview, TX 75605;
903-663-4648 www.easttexassonar.com

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

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

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.