Toledo Bend Lake: State Park Operations Modified Due To Hurricane Laura

Hurricane Laura caused many State Park closures due to damages in the area. Both Toledo Bend North and South were damaged due to the storm system. Damages include trees down, electrical lines down, and park grounds hurt.

Toledo Bend North – Park Update

Toledo Bend North reopening is expected today or tomorrow (9/8 – 9/9). Damages to this area was not as extensive as Toledo Bend South.

Toledo Bend South – Park Update

Toledo Bend South reopening is expected mid-September. Damages to the area was more extensive as compared to the North end of Toledo Bend Lake.

Additional State Park Closures

Hurricane Laura left additional damage to a number of other State Parks in Texas as well as Louisiana. Some of the park closures include: Lake Livingston, Village Creek, Galveston, Grand Isla, Palmetto Island, Sheldon Lake, Caddo Lake, and others.

Camping & State Park Safety

Intensive efforts are taking place to ensure the safety of campers as well as visitors to the State Park affected by Laura. Many parks have already reopened to provide availability for the Labor Day weekend. Debris is being cleared, electrical lines inspected, and other high safety standards put into place.

Coming Back Strong – Enjoying the Great Outdoors

Although Hurricane Laura has come and gone, many individuals and businesses in the Toledo Bend Lake area are coming together to clean up the areas. Texas and Louisiana will come back strong and provide the opportunity to fully enjoy the great outdoors in the area.

Some parks will reopen quickly for tourists, campers, vacationers, and community members. Other state parks will reopen as soon as damage is cleaned up, repairs made, and safety ensured for those visiting the area.

Before planning a trip to your favorite Texas State Park or Louisiana State Park, please be sure to check out the resources listed below. Or, if you are unable to access online updates, please take a few minutes to call the state park authorities for an update.


State Park Closure Resources:

Texas State Park Updates

Louisiana State Park Updates

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Toledo Bend Lake Current Weather Alerts

There are no active watches, warnings or advisories.


Toledo Bend Lake Weather Forecast


Mostly Sunny

Hi: 84

Sunday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 56


Mostly Sunny

Hi: 85

Monday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 57


Partly Sunny

Hi: 84

Tuesday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 59


Mostly Sunny

Hi: 87

Wednesday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 60

Toledo Bend Lake Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 10/2: 167.60 (-4.40)

Toledo Bend Lake

Fishing Report from TPWD (Sep. 28)

GOOD. Water stained; 76-78 degrees; 4.34 feet low. The water level is 167.7 with no generators running. Water temperature at the Dam is 76-78 degrees with surface temperature around 76.This is the third week with no rainfall. The back feeder creeks are clear in the deeper holes, but the lake is turning over causing shallow areas to look muddy and the main lake remains clear. The best fishing times this week has been at first light to mid-morning. Black bass are still in the summer to fall transition and remain scattered. The bass have been biting and chasing smaller shad profile baits like 1/4 ounce rattletraps in chrome, black or blue back, bladed baits, and smaller crankbaits in shad colors. Another pattern is black and blue football jigs 3/8 - 3/4 ounce with a 3-inch matching color grub trailer, and a green pumpkin jig with the chuck tail dipped in chartreuse color. The punch and frog bite has been producing wherever you can find floating vegetation, Lilly pads or healthy green hydrilla. Crappie bite has been picking up in 6-25 feet of water using small jigs and minnows depending on the cloud cover and cooling night temperatures. Bluegills are still mixed in with crappie in the brush piles and some are now being caught under boathouses and docks. Catfish are holding in 10-20 feet of water and have also been caught migrating up into the feeder creeks. Hey crew, this week is cooling down and will be in the 50s . Here we go, we either go hunting or go fishing. It's all good. Get out there! Always leave the area better than you found it (no trash, pickup what you can). Good luck and tight lines! Report from Master Captain Steve (Scooby) Stubbe, Mudfish Adventures LLC, Orvis Endorsed Fishing Guide, Mudfish Rod Shop, Kayak Sales, and Rod Repair.

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