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

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Toledo Bend Lake Weather Forecast



Hi: 78

Wednesday Night


Lo: 60



Hi: 79

Thursday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 60


Mostly Sunny

Hi: 81

Friday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 62


Mostly Sunny

Hi: 83

Saturday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 64

Toledo Bend Lake Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 9/26: 167.85 (-4.15)

Toledo Bend Lake

Fishing Report from TPWD (Sep. 22)

GOOD. 74 degrees; 3.83 feet low. The tree leaves are starting to fall and the bass are starting their Fall transition following shad to the back of the creek on Toledo Bend Lake. The water level is 167.8 with no generators running. Our best bite for bass has been on a Topwater Fly popper (Coola Popper in Fire Tiger color, #2/0 hook) in the backcountry of Toledo Bend Lake. T-Bend has had a light rain for the last couple of days. Prime time for all types of topwater lures. Just a heads up… water has cooled down 15 degrees in the last 2 weeks, 74-degrees now! Bluegill perch are still hovering around their nests with the full Moon phase. You can catch these aggressive perch in shallow waters 1-3 feet under shaded banks using Mudfish 3 WT fiberglass fly rod, or an old school cane pole using a split shot and bobber with live crickets or live worms. The Crappie bite is still in deep water 17-24 feet. This week we will have the first cold front of the Fall season so the crappie should go a little shallower following the shad. Catfish bite has been slow due to the generation not running. Water levels dropping for bank fishermen. Watch your Moon phases for your best bite and times. Good luck and tight lines! Safety Reminder: Everyone needs to wear their life jackets (PFDs) while in or around the lake. Renew your licenses and pick up the new 2021-2022 Texas Parks & Wildlife (handbook) Outdoor Annual. It’s now 114 pages. New laws and regulations.

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