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North Toledo Bend
State Park

The 300-acre Louisiana State Arboretum, an area devoted to a living, natural exhibition of over 150 species of plant life native to Louisiana, is located adjacent to the main entrance.

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Pristine Nature - Year-Round Pleasure
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.

Recreation Among the Pines
North Toledo Bend State Park is 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.

Nearby Attractions:
Fort Jesup State Historic Site-- (6 miles east of Many off LA 6, formerly the "San Antonio Trace")-- The site of a fort established in 1822 by Zachary Taylor to secure the western border of the U.S. frontier. It features the original field kitchen, a replica of officers' quarters which serves as a museum and visitors center, and interpretive programs.

Mansfield State Historic Site-- (4 miles south of Mansfield on LA 175)--The site of the last major Confederate victory of the Civil War. Visitors may take daily tours, see interpretive programs, spend time in the museum with its comprehensive collection of Civil War artifacts, and walk the trail through the battlefield area.

Rebel State Historic Site-- (3 miles northwest of Marthaville on State Hwy. 1221, and 25 miles west of Natchitoches and I-49)--Features the gravesite of an unknown Confederate soldier and is the home of the Louisiana Country Music Museum. An amphitheater offers concerts featuring gospel, country and folk music, as well as the Annual Fiddling Championship.

Los Adaes State Historic Site-- (1 mile northeast of Robeline on LA Hwy. 485)--The 14-acre site located on the "El Camino Real" near Natchitoches features the remains of a Spanish fort built in the 1700s to protect Texas from the French. It is a major archaeological site and offers interpretive programs.

Historic Town of Natchitoches-- (off I-49 on Cane River Lake)--The oldest settlement in the Louisiana Purchase, it has a 33-block Historic Landmark District featuring Creole architecture, bed and breakfasts, restaurants, shops and historic homes.

Cane River Country-- (South of Natchitoches along LA 1)--Features some of the South's oldest plantation homes situated along the 32-mile oxbow-shaped Cane River Lake. The countryside is dotted with pecan orchards, cotton farms, historic landmarks, plantations, and churches.

Kisatchie National Forest - Longleaf Vista National Recreation Trail-- (25 miles west of Natchitoches and I- 49)--Take LA 6 west 6 miles, then take LA 117 another 16 miles to this trail featuring spectacular views of mesas, buttes, and sandstone outcroppings within the U.S. Forest Service Kisatchie Hills Wilderness Area.

Sabine Wildlife Refuge-- (5 miles south of Zwolle)-- This area of 14,780-acres of loblolly and short leaf pine is open to visitors to enjoy hunting, birding, and camping.

National Fish Hatchery and Aquarium-- (615 Hwy. 1 south, Natchitoches)--Tours feature aquarium exhibits of native Louisiana species including turtles and alligators as well as a video presentation. Visitors may also observe seasonal operations such as feeding fish, hatching eggs, and harvesting fish.


North Toledo Bend State Park--(P.O. Box 56, Zwolle, LA 71486; 318-645-4715 or 1-888-677-6400) is 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.

The park boasts a spectacular location on the bank of the 185,000 acre Toledo Bend Reservoir. Cabins, camping, outstanding fishing and water sports are available at the park. A nature trail, a swimming pool, playgrounds, picnic areas and a boat launch make North Toledo Bend State Park an unforgettable recreation experience.

To reserve a cabin, campsite, group camp, meeting room or picnic pavilion, call 1-877-CAMP-N-LA toll free (877-226-7652).
Email: toledobend@crt.state.la.us

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