Toledo Bend Lake Destinations: Sabine National Forest

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 Current Weather Alerts

There are no active watches, warnings or advisories.


Toledo Bend Lake Weather Forecast


Mostly Cloudy

Hi: 73

Monday Night

Mostly Cloudy

Lo: 66


Mostly Cloudy

Hi: 76

Tuesday Night

Mostly Cloudy

Lo: 65


Mostly Cloudy

Hi: 77

Wednesday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 66


Chance Rain Showers

Hi: 77

Thursday Night

Chance Rain Showers

Lo: 59

Toledo Bend Lake Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 12/5: 167.95 (-4.05)

Toledo Bend Lake

Fishing Report from TPWD (Nov. 30)

GOOD. Water stained; 59 degrees; 4.25 feet low. GOOD. The water level is 167.7 with no generators running. Water temperature at the Dam is 59 degrees. The back feeder creeks are stained and muddy with lots of Fall leaves floating on the surface, and the main lake remains clear. We were blessed with some rain this week 2-3 inches. Not much has changed on the pattern this week. Chatter baits are still producing in 3/8 to 3/4 ounce white, chartreuse, watermelon pepper, and red/black skirts. To cover a lot of water, use a square bill crank bait or a flat side crank bait and smaller rattle traps from 0-8 feet in shad and perch imitation colors and the Rayburn red traps are still working. For deeper Bass, cast a Carolina rig with a worm or lizard. Jigging spoons are still producing quality bass on 1/2 to 3/4 ounce (silver with a white or yellow accent tail feather or a deep diving crank bait in citrus shad and Tennessee shad colors). The jig and pig bite has been strong. Cast your jig to long tapering points that drop off into deep water, the best colors are black and blue, PB&J football jigs 3/8 - 3/4 ounce with a 3-inch matching color craw trailer, and a green pumpkin jig with a chunk style trailer. The Crappie bite is still good in 12-20 feet on the edge of the river channels using 1/16- and 3/32-ounce Wager Baits, #46 Bluegrass, #3 Monkey Milk, #09 Electric Chicken, #10 Black and Chartreuse and small minnows depending on the cloud cover and cooling night temperatures. Now that the lake is at a Winter drawdown, it's prime time to go out scouting for new areas for Springtime fishing. Look for areas like feeder creeks, ditches, man-made structures, creek bends and undercuts, etc. Reminder: Keep and extra set of clothes in a dry bag stowed away on your vessel just in case you get caught in the rain, heavy winds, etc. Hypothermia happens quickly. Good luck and keep casting forward! Report from Master Captain Steve “Scooby” Stubbe, Mudfish Adventures LLC, Orv

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