We left out of Caddo Lake State Park and headed east on the Cypress Bayou. Lots of boats but most are respectful and slowed down. The channel is plenty wide for the amount of traffic and we never felt in danger at all. There are many houses along the main channel, so there is a lot of people to wave at and even a restaurant that smelled amazing. Once we reached the cutoff to Hell's Half Acre, we found a sand bar and stopped for a snack and allowed our kids (6 and 3) to stretch their legs/swim around, for a bit. We continued on through the thick Cypress forest that was absolutely breathtaking. A photographers dream. We saw a great deal of wildlife, including quite a few blue herrings and other water birds. There were alligator crawls and beds, but we never actually saw any gators, though I am fairly sure that we were seen by them.
Over all a nice day trip, we made a lot of memories as a family and I would definitely recommend this location if you love nature. There is so much to look at and be amazed by. My daughters were so enamored by the beauty that it kept their attention for the entire 4 hour trip. Well, almost. My 3 year old fell asleep on the cooler on the way back to the launch site. Happy Paddling!
Number of Portages:
We entered from the State Park boat launch, there were other portages available along the way.
Not much current, so be prepared to paddle the entire way. Once you get to Hell's Half Acre, you have to be aware of your surroundings. There is a lot of wildlife and we saw a number of gator crawls and beds.
Comfortable seat, good paddle and some sun screen.
Smooth water except when a boater wants to impress you with his amazing speed. That is only in the main Cypress Bayou channel though. Once you reach the paddle trail for Hell's Half acre, there are no boats and the few that try to go through there have to go very slow due to the Cypress tree forest and sand bars.