Toledo Bend is the largest man-made body of water in the South, and the fifth largest in surface acres in the United States.
From the dam site, the reservoir extends 65 miles upriver to Logansport, Louisiana, and inundates land in Sabine, Shelby, Panola, and Newton Counties in Texas, and Sabine and DeSoto Parishes in Louisiana. It was constructed for the purposes of water supply, hydroelectric power generation, and recreation. In all, the lake normally covers an area of 185,000 acres.
As a result of rapid industrial development and the changing demands of an evolving economy during the late 1940's, the people of the Sabine River area, both in Texas and Louisiana, realized a need to provide for the future of the area. See The Making of America's Number 1 Fishing Lake and The History of Toledo Bend for the rest of the story about how this amazing body of water and excellent fishing came to be created. Then come enjoy the beauty and bass-fishing, along with great Louisiana food, history and culture!