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Caddoween 2020 at Goat Island !

Caddoween on Goat Island on Caddo Lake

Dallas Downriver Club formally invites you and your family and friends to help us haunt Goat Island on Caddo Lake at our annual Caddoween Campout on Thursday, October 22nd thru Sunday, October 25th, 2020. 

 Some of us will go early and probably start paddling on Thursday and/or Friday before the crowd start arriving. Camping is still primitive so bring appropriate camping gear. 

 Saturday, the 24th, will include several events and contests:

12:00 - Start of the pumpkin carving contest. Bring uncarved pumpkin, knives, candles, pattern, etc. Judging starts after dark. Plan on taking pumpkin home with you as they are not natural to Goat island!2:00 - Pinnate for the kids

3:00 - Best decorated tent site. All decorations MUST be removed when you leave.

4:30 - Dutch oven cook-off - have your entry ready at this time so we can eat it for dinner!

5:00 - pot luck dinner - please bring enough for your group.

After dinner - Trick or treating from tent to tent, bring treats or you could be tricked!


Costume contest for kids and adults.

Ghost stories, bring your best! Maybe the "Lady of the Lake" will make her appearance. Pretty scary stuff! Prizes and awards from local paddle sports outfitter stores and DDRC.

Awards will be given for

Tent Site Decoration

Kids Pumpkin Carving

Adult Pumpkin Carving

Dutch Oven Entree

Dutch Oven Side Dish

Dutch Oven Dessert

Kids Costume

Adult Costume

Group Theme Costume

Any questions? call

Bryan Jackson





Directions to the Caddo Lake WMA Boat launch

To Caddo Lake, Texas:

From Dallas:  Take IH-20 East to Marshall. Exit onto US Hwy 59, and then turn LEFT (North). Follow US Highway 59 north to Marshall past US Highway 80. Turn RIGHT on Hwy 43 East toward Karnack / Caddo Lake.  Stay on Hwy 43 until you see the CR 3222 /FM 805  intersection. (about 18 miles) Turn RIGHT on FM 805.  Follow FM 805 to the intersection of CR 3414 and turn RIGHT on Fr Camp Rd. (You will see the sign for the WMA canoe launch). Follow to the Canoe launch. We will be parking at the launch area and will provide more instruction about that closer in.  

Goat Island is about a one mile paddle from the WMA launch. The paddle trail will be marked with reflective markers and we will run hourly guide trips after  between 8 and 11 pm Friday to assist you in reaching the island. 

Goat Island is in the Caddo Lake WMA, so everyone over the age of 17 needs to purchase a Limited USE permit from Texas Parks and Wildlife. It allows you non -hunting access to WMA camping areas. They are available anywhere Hunting and Fishing Licenses are sold or you can buy them on line. 

IMPORTANT - No not purchase your Limited Use Permit until AFTER September 1, 2020. They are effective 9/1 to 8/31 each year, so it would expire before you need it if you did. 

Camping on Goat Island is PRIMATIVE. There is no water or electric. DDRC will provide latrines, but you will need to bring everything else you need with you and most importantly TAKE EVERYTHING when you leave. We want to keep the Island as unspoiled as it is when we arrive, just as we have done for the last 30 odd years when had been there for Caddoween

There will be no charge for camping on Goat Island other than the Limited USE Permit, BUT all attendee groups will be asked to bring  5 or 6 pieces of firewood for the group bonfire. 



Map to Caddo Lake Launch





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Last updated June 19, 2019