Paddlefish Festival

Saturday, March 6

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

It’s official. National American Paddlefish Day is now recognized and certified as a National Day!

To celebrate this historic proclamation, we are having our third annual festival and will be releasing the Shreveport Aquarium paddlefish back into the Caddo Waterways where they belong.

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Did you know that Paddlefish, a 300 million year old species, once common in Caddo lake, had completely disappeared from the lake after the construction of the dam at Lake O' the Pines? Through extensive habitat restoration and historic agreements with the Corps of Engineers, Caddo Lake is now prime habitat to restore the this prehistoric species, the paddlefish. 


Shreveport Aquarium, in partnership with Caddo Lake Institute is rearing and releasing this threatened species to help repopulate Caddo Lake. Come celebrate and learn all about these extraordinary creatures and how we can all help them survive during our annual Paddlefish Festival. Help us send-off the Paddlefish to their new home.

Join us for a fun day at the aquarium with:

  • Educational displays and guest speakers

  • Games and hands-on activities

  • Treasure mine with gems and fossils

  • Animal feedings and interactions

  • Paddlefish send-off (say goodbye to our paddlefish as
    they head off to Caddo Lake)

  • Maps are available onsite for those who wish to join us at
    Earl G Williamson boat ramp in Oil City at 4 p.m. for the release


Recycled art contest winners:


Classroom K - 6
1st Place: Mrs. Bogan's Kindergarten Class from Shreve Island Elementary
Honorable Mention: Madline, 6th Grade, Youree Elementary


Classroom 7 - 12

1st Place: D'Abria, 7th grader at Youree Middle

Honorable Mention: Ryder, 8th grade, Youree Middle


Children Age 5 - 10

1st Place: Rhett, 7 years old

Honorable Mention: Braxton, Age 7


Judges Choice Individual: Blake A. 

Judges Choice Classroom: A'Yoni , 3rd grade, Sun City Elementary


Everyone will be contacted next week to coordinate prizes. Thank you so much for all your amazing entries! The judges had some really tough decisions this year!

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