Toledo Bend Reservoir


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Toledo Bend Reservoir is directly west of Many; this massive 185,000 acre lake is a project of the States of Texas and Louisiana, and has both recreational and power generation benefits.

Boating, fishing, skiing, camping, hiking, birding, golf, and other recreational activities are all popular.

Toledo Bend Area Attractions and Recreation

A variety of fishing marinas, hiking trails, RV resorts, restaurants, camps, golf courses, and other facilities are all available along the 1,200 miles of shoreline of the reservoir.

Nearby Hodges Gardens State Park features 40 acres of manicured gardens, trails, RV facilities, and a fishing lake. It was originally developed designed and opened to the public in 1956 by oil and gas businessman A.J. Hodges. Today, this 700-acre landscape masterpiece is operated by the Louisiana Office of State Parks.

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Emerald Hills Golf Resort is located across the street from the entrance to the park. The resort offers an 18-hole championship golf course, overnight accommodations and a restaurant. Meeting and conference facilities are also available. Other golfing venues include nearby Cypress Bend Golf Resort.

Other area attractions include North Toledo Bend State Park and Ft. Jesup State Historic Site.

In neighboring East Texas, other popular recreational areas include Lake Palestine and Lake Tyler.

Toledo Bend Area Hotels, Motels, Lodging, Accommodations

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A large variety of lodging, cabins, motels, campgrounds, RV parks and resorts are available on and near the lake.

Depending on the nature of your visit, you may also want to consider accommodations in nearby Louisiana cities and towns such as Many, Zwolle, Leesville, and Natchitoches.

On the Texas side of the reservoir, the largest nearby cities include Jasper, Lufkin, Nacogdoches, and San Augustine.

Toledo Bend Fishing

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While largemouth black bass fishing remains the most popular on Toledo Bend, many other species are regularly caught, including crappie, bream, white bass, striper bass and catfish.

Toledo Bend Lake attracts numerous large fishing tournaments year-round because of the excellent fishing and the facilities available for such angling events.

A large number and variety of experienced fishing guides and guide services are available.

Many marinas offer fishing piers and launching ramps; in addition, public launching ramps are available on both the Texas and the Louisiana sides of the reservoir

Fireworks on Toledo Bend Reservoir
Fireworks on Toledo Bend Reservoir
(Photograph courtesy of the LA Office of Tourism)

 

Area Cities and Towns

Many is the parish seat of Sabine Parish, located in west Louisiana next to the Texas border, and about 60 miles northwest of the Alexandria metro area.

Many is located between Shreveport and Leesville on U.S. Highway 171, and has a population of about 3,000 residents.

Nearby Louisiana towns include Many, Zwolle, Natchitoches, Florien, Mansfield, Anacoco, Robeline, and Hornbeck. Texas communities close by include St. Augustine, Carthage, Hemphill and Jasper.

History of Toledo Bend Reservoir

Toledo Bend Reservoir, the largest man-made lake in the south, forms a portion of the boundary between the states of Texas and Louisiana.

It was created by the Sabine River Authority of Texas and the Sabine River Authority of Louisiana which constructed a dam on the Sabine River, just north of Burkeville, Texas.

The lake extends 65 miles to the north to near Logansport, LA. The Toledo Bend Project was constructed primarily for the purposes of water supply, hydroelectric power generation, and recreation.

Louisiana Destinations ... Travel Across the Bayou State ... conveniently located in the rolling hills of East Texas just outside Tyler ... plentiful boating, fishing, skiing, resorts, camps and more! In May 1963, land acquisitions for the reservoir began as a joint management project of Texas and Louisiana River Authorities. Construction on the Toledo Bend Dam, spillway, and power plant, began in May 1964.

The closure section of the earthen embankment and impoundment of water was begun in October 1966. The power plant was completed and began operating in the early 1969.

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