While the reservoir is nationally recognized as a destination for bass fishing tournaments, visitors to the park can also enjoy other outdoor recreational activities such as hiking, cycling, birding, camping and enjoying the many forms of wildlife in the area.
The area also is a common nesting ground for the bald eagle, which feeds from the plentiful supply of fish – including largemouth bass, catfish, bream and white perch – found in the Reservoir.
The Toledo Bend Reservoir covers approximately 185,000 acres, includes 1,200 miles of shoreline, and is contained by a dam completed in 1969. This reservoir project was jointly developed by Texas and Louisiana for the purposes of water supply, electricity generation, and recreation. Water-oriented recreation facilities, both public and private, are found all along the lakeshores of both states.
As close to nature as you want
In addition to the bald eagle, the area surrounding Toledo Bend Reservoir is home to many species of birds including coastal shorebirds, pelicans, egrets, cranes, ducks and a host of migrating birds. Other wildlife in the area include white tail deer, fox, armadillo, opossum, raccoon, coyote, wolf, beaver and wild hog. With much vegetation left intact within South Toledo Bend State Park, there’s a very good chance that guests will encounter one or more members of the animal world.
Guests will be able to learn about local animal and plant life at the park’s Visitor Center, with exhibits designed to increase awareness of these species and their role in the environment. An open-air breezeway leads out to the observation deck and a majestic view of the reservoir lake and nearby islands. A 3,000-foot surfaced nature trail provides an opportunity for all visitors to explore the area around the Visitor Center and the RV camping areas.
Also nestled among the trees near the Visitor Center are several picnic tables, so visitors can enjoy a lunch or snack while enjoying their day at South Toledo Bend State Park.
The Visitor Center also boasts a meeting room, that can be booked for group functio
- There are overnight accommodations for those that want to get close to nature and those that enjoy a few “creature comforts” with their outdoor experience. The 19 two-bedroom cabins sleep up to eight guests each, and include full kitchen and bathroom facilities and a back deck with a picnic table and primitive-style grill. Many of the 55 campsites feature a lakefront view, and all are equipped with water and electrical hookups. Five tent sites are located on one of the bluffs overlooking the water, and offer a spectacular view for that early morning wakeup.
During the warmer months, overnight guests can wade or swim out into the water at the park’s RV beach area. The comfort station nearby also provides a place to shower off and do a couple of loads of laundry.
The avid fisher can set out onto the reservoir at the two-lane boat ramp area. With nearly 300 square miles of water to cruise, that “big catch” is sure to be waiting out there. Afterwards, a cleaning station conveniently located near the boat ramp provides an area to clean and prepare the fish caught during a great day on the lake.
Whether that weekend (or week-long) getaway involves fishing or not, South Toledo Bend State Park is a great place to enjoy time with family or friends in the Great Outdoors.
Recreation - Camping, fishing
Climate - Southern Louisiana experiences a subtropical climate that's warm throughout the year. Winter months bring low temperatures near 40 degrees F and highs above 55 degrees F. During the summer expect high temperatures to reach 95 degrees F frequently, with mid-afternoon showers. Humidity is highest in August and September.
Northern regions of the state have cooler winters and somewhat warmer summers than the south. Low temperatures in the winter dip into the high 30s and highs reach 60 degrees F. July and August are the hottest months with average high temperatures reaching 100 degrees. Humidity is slightly lower in the northern uplands and the average rainfall in May is higher than any other month.
located in Sabine Parish, off La. 191, 16 miles west of Anacoco. To reserve a cabin or campsite, call 1-877-CAMP-N-LA toll free (877-226-7652).