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Toledo Bend Lake Destinations: Sabine National Forest

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Enjoying the great outdoors is a wonderful experience - from camping, fishing, hunting, and taking time with family & friends! Growing up in my family included all these outdoor opportunities! The time bonding, learning, and experiencing the outdoor life are now cherished memories, never forgotten as they will always hold a special part in my life!

Toledo Bend Lake Destinations: Sabine National Forest

The Sabine National Forest is located in east Texas along the banks of the Toledo Bend Lake. The forest is a prime location for visitors to the area. The forest forms part of the boundary between Texas and Louisiana.

Vast Toledo Bend Lake Recreation Opportunities

The forest area is nationally known for its recreational opportunities. Extensive developments offer a wide range of options for visitors. Some of the amenities for this area include:

• Fishing camps

• Marina services

• Nature camping

• Family campsites

• RV camping

• Lodging locations

• Motel businesses

• Outdoor hunting

• Hiking trails

• Horseback riding

• Biking mountainous terrains

• Natural forest setting

• Picnicking areas

• Swimming beach locations

• Boating ramps in all major areas

• Plenty of wilderness spaces

• Bird watching

• Ecosystem management

• Water sporting

• And, so much more!

Private Recreation Facilities

On the Texas side, there are over fifty private recreation facilities offered. On the Louisiana side, there are at least forty locations offered for recreational stays. Again, the opportunities for visiting the Toledo Bend Lake area will not disappoint.

Camping at National Sabine Forest Area

Camping is offered for a variety of campers ranging from the solo tent camping to the full family camping style. RV spaces are provided throughout the wildlife areas. Many camping locations offer the following benefits:

• Natural forest setting

• Parking spaces

• Tent pads

• Grills and/or fireplaces

• Picnic tables

• Lantern lighting poles

• Sewage dumps

• Electrical hookups


First Come, First Serve Camping

Camping in most locations is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Although, there are plenty of places for primitive camping away from the traditional camping areas.


Toledo Bend Lake Picnicking


Picnicking with the family is a beautiful way to enjoy the great outdoors while eating together. Picnic table spaces hold one opportunity while setting up your natural style picnic is an option as well – blankets placed on the ground in the great outdoors.

Toledo Bend Scenic Shorelines

The Sabine National Forest offers spectacular views of Toledo Bend. Some of the very best fishing spots are along the Toledo Bend Reservoir areas. Boaters hold a wide range of places to set their boats into the waters of the lake.

Fishing & Hunting Co-op

Fishing and hunting are options offered at the national Toledo Bend Lake attraction. The Forest Services works hand in hand with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department to provide a prime location for hunters and anglers.

Deer hunting is a popular sport for hunters in the area. And, the lake reservoir offers spectacular fishing for a variety of bass. Numerous lake tournaments are offered on the lake throughout the year.

Plan Your Summer Trip to Sabine National Forest

Now is an excellent time to plan your summer trip to the Sabine National Forest! Families will enjoy the immense occasions available to camp, fish, boat, hike, hunt, sport in the water, as well as take some downtime to rest and relax! Toledo Bend Lake is one of the best places to be during the Summer months! Can’t wait to see you there!

Note: Stay Up To Date – Texas Parks

Until the US is clear of COVID-19 concerns, be sure to check with your local state parks ahead of visiting. In order to stay up to date with Texas Parks, you can visit the Texas State Parks Map Online.


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Toledo Bend Lake Weather Forecast


Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 80

Thursday Night

Slight Chance Thunderstorms

Lo: 66


Slight Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 82

Friday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 67


Mostly Sunny

Hi: 82

Saturday Night


Lo: 64


Partly Sunny

Hi: 83

Sunday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 66

Toledo Bend Lake Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 5/28: 172.01 (+0.01)

Toledo Bend Lake Fishing Report from TPWD (May 27)

FAIR. Water slightly stained; 74 degrees; 0.01’ high. Boat traffic has increased with pent up demand, so please use caution in boat lanes. Largemouth bass are good in the spring pattern with Carolina rigs, topwater, and jigs. There are hot spots just off of texas island drops. Striped bass remain fair in deep water. White bass are fair on deep points fishing Alabama rigs when you can and spoons when you can’t. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait.