Aug 13

The cooler weather has finally arrived so come on out for a relaxing tour of the lake. We are praying the rains will wash the Giant Salvinia away.


Come ride the Steamboat or Pontoon boat,

and eat a great meal at Big Pines Lodge.


We have the Graceful Ghost Steamboat for the best historical tour around.

We also have a swamp tour that will take you into Carter's Lake, one of the most beautiful areas of water forest.

For reservations call Jean at 903-679-3020 



We are offering a discount for groups of 20 or more. !!!

Bring your group of 20 or more and ride for $16.00 per person!
Make it Day Out and eat at Big Pines Lodge restaurant!
Tour: call Jean at 903-679-3020
: There is a 24 hour cancellation notice for all groups

Jun 13

We are working with Big Pines Lodge Restaurant to bring you the whole package, great tours on the Big Cypress Bayou aboard the Graceful Ghost Steamboat, or swamp tour aboard our pontoon boat, and a great meal before or after your tour at Big Pines Lodge or, if you prefer, you can order a “to go” box of fine cat fish to eat during your tour. Big Pines Lodge is a dining icon here on the Big Cypress having been in business for over 50 years. We are proud to have the Graceful Ghost Steamboat working in conjunction with Big Pines Lodge to offer you a great tour and dining experience. 

Boarding from Big Pines Lodge allows us to operate regardless of low water levels, or the spread of Giant Salvinia, and to continue bringing you a great historically narrated tour of the upper end of Caddo Lake.

We look forward to serving our passengers until the end of December.


Jun 13

According to Caddo legend, the lake was formed by the 1812 New Madrid Earthquake. There may be some truth to the legend, as Reelfoot Lake in Tennessee was formed by that earthquake, but most geologists now feel that Caddo Lake was formed gradually rather than catastrophically. The lake was formed, either gradually or catastrophically, by the "Great Raft," a 100-mile (160-km) log jam on the Red River in Louisiana, possibly filling the basin that the intense uplift and shifting of the earthquake had created.

The Channel was used by Steamboats to reach the port at Jefferson, until water levels fell after the removal of the Great Raft.

Read more: History of Caddo Lake

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