Caddo Lake Watershed Flow Restoration

The Caddo Lake watershed contains wetlands of international significance and provides habitat for the imperiled and prehistoric American Paddlefish.

This project partners with The Caddo Lake Institute and a ranching family located in the Caddo Lake watershed of east Texas to protect natural stream flow in Big Cypress Bayou the main tributary to Caddo Lake and help maintain healthy flows in times of drought. The project supports a pilot strategy to operate dry land ranching operations and reduce future water extraction from the river. The project obtained approval from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to use and protect water to benefit flows in the Caddo Lake watershed to benefit sensitive fish and wildlife and maintain aquatic habitat.

Using this project as a pilot for the Caddo Lake region, it is expected that additional projects can be designed and implemented to benefit river flows and sustain critical habitat for the future.

* Project supports voluntary transactions to change, reduce or stop water use – either temporarily or permanently – to protect or restore water for environmental benefit

** This resource has been reviewed and found to meet the BEF Flow Program Certification Criteria for Evaluating Proposals to Secure Environmental Flows by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.


Eastern Texas

Start Up Date:


Project Benefits:

Enhancing Recreation & Economic Benefits

Wildlife & Habitat Protection

Project Type:

Flow Restoration Transaction *


Funding Needed

WRCs Generated:

Yes **