North Toledo Bend State Park

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Recreation Among The Pines

Entrance
Entrance
On the eastern shore of one of the country's largest manmade reservoirs, clean and cool waters gently touch the edges of North Toledo Bend State Park. The Toledo Bend Reservoir provides visitors to the park with an 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 spot.

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 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 bathhouse. A camping supply store and laundry complete the complex and provide visitors with all the necessities and extras that might be needed during 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.

Camping and Water Sports

One of the cabins along the lake
One of the cabins along the lake

North Toledo Bend State Park is a camper's delight for those who sleep in tents or for those who prefer a roof over their heads. The park contains 63 campsites, each equipped with water and electricity hookups. Ten vacation cabins at the park will comfortably accommodate up to six people each. And for those who stay in fall or winter, fireplaces add a warm glow. Some cabins 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, large parking lot, and 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.

One of the cabins along the lake One of the cabins along the lake
Check in at the Visitors Center - also the parking area for the 4-mile hiking trail and a great swimming pool One of the cabins along the lake
There is also a 1.5 mile "Dogwood Trail" nature walk. One of the cabins along the lake
One of the cabins along the lake One of the cabins along the lake
One of the cabins along the lake A short hiking trail in the camping section leads to an observation deck and a great place for a picnic
One of the cabins along the lake One of the cabins along the lake

There is a nice playground area - if the kids can't get enough exercise to tire them on the hiking trails.

Picnic tables are scattered throughout the park.

One of the cabins along the lake
One of the cabins along the lake Picnic pavilions are good for a group or on a rainy day
One of the cabins along the lake

One of the cabins along the lake

The boat launch is excellent with plenty of parking
One of the cabins along the lake One of the cabins along the lake
One of the Restroom / Shower Facilities - Pay phone, too Fishing pier

One of the Restroom / Shower Facilities - Pay phone, too

Fishing pier

Cabin

Cabin

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Pictures to either side are of RV / Tent Campsites

RV / Tent Campsites

RV / Tent Campsites

Fishing, swimming, boating, hiking, picnicking, and relaxing -- all this and more are yours to enjoy at North Toledo Bend State Park.

Map to parkCONTACT: P. O. Box 56, Zwolle, LA 71486, (888) 677-6400, (318) 645-4715

GPS: 31.32.933 North - 93.44.021 West (at boat launch)

ADMISSIONS: Check with the park for current admission charges

DIRECTIONS:

Take Louisiana Highway 191 (running North/South along the length of the lake) to Mile Marker 42.9 (1/10 mile South of the 43 Mile Marker - Markers are ONLY on the Northbound side of the highway). Take Highway 482 to the West (If you are Northbound you will see 482 go to the East into Zwolle - the Westbound section is 1 mile farther North). Follow Highway 482 for 1.8 miles to the junction with Hwy. 3229. Turn onto Hwy 3229 and proceed 4.2 miles to North Toledo Park Road (Sign on corner). Turn South on North Toledo Park Road and proceed 2.4 miles to park entrance.

For more information: http://www.crt.state.la.us/parks/

Photos by Frank Dutton - Toledo-Bend.Com