Aug 13

Due to popular demand we are concentrating our business on taking passengers into the swamp, which is what Caddo Lake is really all about. Therefore, the Steamboat will no longer run from this location. The Steamboat stayed in the river due to it's size and we had many disappointed customers. It has been sold and is moving to Jefferson, therefore we suggest you call the Marion County Chamber of Commerce for further information.. Now you can come and take a trip into one of Caddo Lakes prettiest areas, Carter's Lake, aboard our very comfortable and covered 28' pontoon boat.


Come ride the Pontoon boat,

and eat a great meal at Big Pines Lodge.


We have the pontoon boat for the best historical tour around.

Your 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 





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 swamp tours into the water forest aboard our 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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