ATTENTION! We've moved to the Big Pines Lodge. Now all tours start from 756 Pine Island Road, Karnack, TX. And we work Wednesday through Sunday! We are closed on Monday and Tuesday.

The Graceful Ghost is a replica of an 1800's era steamboat and is the last known wood-burning, steam powered, stern paddle-wheel touring vessel in the world, that we know of. The vessel is Coast Guard Approved with a Certificate of Inspection and a Letter of Stability allowing 34 passengers. The Graceful Ghost boards at Big Pines Lodge, 756 Pine Island Road, Karnack, Texas and provides guests with a colorful narration of the history of Caddo Lake and the surrounding area.

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Mystical images are indelibly imprinted on your mind as you glide almost silently along Caddo Lake's Big Cypress Bayou aboard the Graceful Ghost, a replica of an 1800's era steamboat. The "Graceful Ghost" is a live steam driven vessel with a working paddle-wheel and wood fired boiler. The sound of her steam whistle will captivate you. Sit back and enjoy the ride as you watch the diverse wildlife and the many species of aquatic plants inhabiting Caddo Lake. We will take you on a timeless journey among majestic cypress trees draped in stately, surreal, Spanish moss.

Read more: Welcome to Caddo Lake with The Graceful Ghost

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. holds a masters license with the U.S. Coast Guard for 200 ton domestic, 500 ton international vessels. His maritime career began in 1969, when he joined the Merchant Marines and volunteered for duty on a ship carrying supplies into Vietnam. His experience at sea includes working aboard vessels in Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Mexico and the Caribbean. He is now the proud owner of the "Graceful Ghost" and loves doing tours on exotic Caddo Lake and working in his beautiful botanical gardens.

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