3969 East Carters Ferry Road
Milam, TX 75959
About Toledo Bend
The lake, which sits on the Sabine River between Texas and Louisiana, covers more than 1,200 miles of coastline. The extravagant length of shallow bays and bays offers spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico, the Great Lakes and the Mississippi. A great experience is the Toledo Bend Reservoir, known as the largest man-made body of water in the United States with an average depth of 1.5 miles.
The Toledo Bend Project began in the early 1960s as part of the Texas Department of Natural Resources (DNR). In October 1966, the reservoir began to draw water from the Sabine River and spread to neighboring counties Texas, Louisiana and New Mexico, as well as parts of Arkansas.
The dam was built to contain flooding from the Sabine River and was the first major dam construction in Texas in more than 50 years. Nevertheless, the Toledo Bend reservoir is primarily a reservoir for water storage, not for recreational use. The enormous size of the Toledo reservoir attracts as many visitors for a good reason: the inviting waters of this beautiful lake invite adventurers to swim and boate.
Of course, water skiing is also a popular choice, as are boating, kayaking, canoeing, fishing and of course water sports such as kayaking and rafting.
Not surprisingly, the lake, considered one of the largest and most popular shallow water lakes in North America, is a fishing paradise. Fishing enthusiasts can take a turn all year round, and in spring anglers will probably spot a freshly laid-out, large, full-bodied bluefin or even a large white bass. Everyone will be surprised by the remarkable 300 pounds of fish per hectare that will surprise them.
The 28-kilometre-long lake path is a nature lover's dream, leading through the Sabine National Forest. As if splashing around in the water and fishing in one of the largest shallow water lakes in the world were not enough, you can also spend a day hiking, canoeing, kayaking, camping, fishing, hiking and much more. Adding to the excitement of this already exciting sport is the scenic views of Lake Michigan, the Great Smoky Mountains and the Canadian Rockies, as well as the spectacular views from the trail.
And as if that wasn't enough, the beautiful scenery of the Great Smoky Mountains, the Canadian Rockies and Grand River Hills National Park offers even more. Attention is drawn to some of the most spectacular views of Lake Michigan and the scenic views of Sabine National Forest.
For golfers, the Cypress Bend Golf Course is an 18-hole championship course that offers breathtaking views of the lake while swinging your club. Hiking is an option, as are camping, RV parks, nightclubs and restaurants that line the lively coastal area. The coast is populated with fishing, boating, kayaking and other activities, which gives the suntanned inhabitants a well-deserved rest.
Perhaps most impressive is the unobtrusive beauty of the Toledo Bend Reservoir, bordered by the Great Lakes, the Pacific, Lake Michigan, and the Toledo River.
The blue sky to the south is surrounded by monolithic pine trees and shady trees, and the area is covered with wildflowers. Bird watchers will appreciate the many bird species, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds of prey and other wildlife that make the lake their home. Remarkably, it has even been reported that birds once considered extinct, such as the Great Blue Egret, have reappeared. Toledo Bend Lake is also home to white-tailed deer and a number of other wild birds and mammals.
The reservoir is the perfect place for year-round recreation and a must for every vacationer who dreams that the lake has it all.
Wherever you meet people from all walks of life, from young children to the elderly and people who do not normally leave, there is always a place to meet.