Wild Place: Caddo Lake, Texas & Louisiana

Southern Gothic spookiness on Texas' only naturally formed lake

Caddo Lake gave up its secrets long ago. Almost as quickly as pearls were discovered in the 1910s, the rush fizzled out.

It was the same for oil when greater reserves were discovered elsewhere in the Lone Star state.

But take a slow, floating trip down the tangled waterways of the 10,300-hectare lake on the Texas-Louisiana border, and you’ll see there’s still plenty of Southern Gothic mystery lurking among the hulking cypresses, silvery mosses and occasional flashes of alligator tails.