What to do in North Toledo Bend

On the eastern shore of one of the country's largest man-made reservoirs, clean, cool waters gently touch the edges of North Toledo Bend State Park. The Toledo Bend Reservoir provides park visitors the opportunity for a wide variety of water-related activities in a pleasant environment. More than 900 acres of pine-filled lands are available for camping, picnicking, hiking, and relaxing in the heart of nature. Whether you're picnicking for an afternoon, camping overnight, or roughing it in the woods for several days, North Toledo Bend is the perfect destination.

The Toledo Bend Reservoir covers approximately 185,000 acres, includes 1,200 miles of shoreline, and is contained by a dam completed in 1969. This reservoir project was jointly developed by Texas and Louisiana for the purposes of water supply, electricity generation, and recreation. Water-oriented recreation facilities, both public and private, are found all along the lakeshores of both states.

situated on a peninsula which extends into the reservoir at the mouth of Bayou San Miguel. The land consists of rolling uplands and interconnected ravines and valleys. The park site lies in a region of major lumbering activity, with a mixed pine and hardwood forest covering most of the park. A nature trail will lead you through this beautiful woodland.

A spacious and attractive Visitor Center complex contributes to the park's year-round versatility and appeal. In the main building is a meeting room which can be reserved for group functions. Also within the complex is an Olympic-size swimming pool and a bath-house. A concession area and laundry complete the complex and provide visitors with all the conveniences for a long or short stay in the park.

Adjacent to the Visitor Center complex is the picnic area, where picnic sites, shelters and a restroom are nestled among the pines. The picnic area's playground will keep the children happy and occupied.

Camping and Water Sports

North Toledo Bend is a camper's delight, accommodating those who prefer to sleep in tents and those who prefer a roof over their heads. The park includes 63 campsites, each equipped with water and electrical hookups. Ten vacation cabins at the park comfortably sleep six people each. And for those who stay in the fall or winter, fireplaces will add a warm glow. Some cabins also feature boardwalk ramps for wheelchair-bound visitors.

Large groups of visitors may reserve the group camp, which consists of five dormitories, a large bathhouse, and a central kitchen/dining building.

Water sports, of course, are an important part of the recreation opportunities available at North Toledo Bend. A boat launch area, featuring a spacious ramp, a large parking lot, boat rentals, and a fish cleaning station, provides access to the reservoir. Organizations associated with the Toledo Bend Reservoir host numerous fishing competitions which attract fishermen from around the country. Fishing, swimming, boating, hiking, picnicking, and relaxing—all of these activities and more are yours to enjoy at North Toledo Bend State Park. Also, a park naturalist will be on site year-round to present many nature-based programs which will bring to life the beauty of the park.

Fishing, Water sports, swimming, camping, boating

located 90 minutes south of Shreveport, or 45 minutes west of Natchitoches, and nine miles southwest of Zwolle off LA 3229. It is easily accessible off I-49, US 171 and LA 6. To reserve a cabin, campsite, group camp, meeting room or picnic pavilion, call 1-877-CAMP-N-LA toll free (877-226-7652).

Northern regions of the state have cooler winters and somewhat warmer summers than the south. Low temperatures in the winter dip into the high 30s and highs reach 60 degrees F. July and August are the hottest months with average high temperatures reaching 100 degrees. Humidity is slightly lower in the northern uplands and the average rainfall in May is higher than any other month.

2907 North Toledo Park Road
Zwolle, LA 71486

Phone: 318-645-4715 or 1-888-677-6400

Email: toledobend@crt.state.la.us
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