JOHNSON'S RANCH MARINA, located on Caddo Lake
in Uncertain, Texas, is the oldest inland
marina still operating in the State of Texas. Caddo Lake
is the only natural lake in Texas (and was
the only lake until the construction of reservoirs.) JOHNSON'S
RANCH has been serving the
sportsmen of Texas since 1908.
Today, JOHNSON'S RANCH is a full service marina,
supplying the sportsmen of today with boat fuel,
live bait, artificial lures, snacks, soft drinks, beer, tee
shirts and other souvenirs. Canoe, kayak
and boat (with or without motors) are available. A parking
lot and concrete boat launch is
easily accessible for those who want to fish, or hunt, Caddo,
an outdoorsman's paradise. (Fish and game cleaning is available
at additional, reasonable prices.)
KAREN'S KITCHEN, offers a menu of delicious hot and
fast food, including chili dogs, subs,
hamburgers, barbeque, and more. Karen Holzman, manager
of Johnson's Ranch takes pride in
providing quality food for sportsmen, local folks and visitors
to Uncertain. Karen is also the 'Lady in the Know."
Check with her for fishing reports, Karen's Kitchen
menu additions, reservations, etc
The large covered, over-the-water pavilion adjacent to the
Johnson's Ranch office presents
guests a relaxing spot to gather and socialize or fish. The
pier offers a panoramic view of
Caddo's main waterway, Big Cypress Bayou, and the quaint stilt
house across the bayou, called
"Dick and Charlie's Tea Room (used in the opening scene
of the series, "True Blood." (Caddo Lake
has served and continues to serve the film industry with a
spectacular background for numerous films, documentaries and
During inclement weather (or televised ball games) a lounge
inside the office building entices
folks at Johnson's Ranch to warm themselves near a
wood-burning stove in a comfortable
setting of tables and chairs (dominoes, anyone?) Displays
of memorabilia from days gone
by accent the room. And, there is free Wireless Internet!
(Yes, Johnson's has gone high tech!)
A friendly staff includes owners, Billy Carter and
his wife, Dottie; manager, Karen Holzman; and
David Karrin, Chaz Warren, Will and Nikki
Carter, and the entire Carter family welcome your visit
to JOHNSON'S RANCH MARINA. Each is more than willing
to answer questions and share their knowledge about Caddo
Year round lodging is available at JOHNSON'S RANCH.
Two cabins, POSSUM TROT and KNOTTY PINE offer clean,
comfortable air conditioned accommodations, with great screened
porches. A third unit, Rollin' on the River, is a spacious
mobile home. Cabins and screened shelters are located on the
4.5 acres of the marina and give access to 500 feet of waterfront,
and all the excitement that goes on at JOHNSON'S, the
center of Caddo Lake activity. JOHNSON'S RANCH strives
to provide a wholesome, safe, family environment.
The public restrooms at JOHNSON'S have been updated
and improved. Nestled in a backdrop of cane brake, a new board
walk and freshly painted facade replicate a walk through a
jungle of giant bamboo.
JOHNSON'S also has two camping shelters and an outside shower!.
JOHNSON'S giant Campbell's Tomato Soup Can? Well, you just
have to come and see for yourself!!! You will be welcomed
by proprietor, Billy Carter, his wife, Dottie, manager Karen
Holzman and associate, Leroy Jones.
Caddo Lake Aerial Maps
for Sale at Johnson's Ranch. $10.95 in Store or Shipped for
$14.95 (Tax and shipping included in price) to anywhere in
the USA. For more information or to order, call Karen at 903-789-3213.