North Toledo Bend State Park
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Introduction

Lovely wooded 900-acre North Toledo Bend State Park is located on Toledo Bend Reservoir, one of the country's largest man-made reservoirs. The park provides a respite for guests looking to enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities. The park maintains two multi-use trails and an Olympic sized pool. Access to the massive reservoir offers guests a variety of water activities. There is a boat launch with a double ramp, boat rentals, and a fish cleaning station for guests interested in fishing the reservoir.

Guests to this area will find the campground a lovely spot from which to enjoy the history of rural west Louisiana. Guests will quickly identify the significance of this area in the history of the United States. There are several historic sites in the area commemorating the role Louisiana played in the Civil War as well as sites dating back to Spanish presence in the early formation of the area. Guests to the area with an interest in history and architecture will delight in the nearby sites of antebellum Southern architecture.

North Toledo Bend State Park maintains 10 cabins and 67 campsites for overnight guests. Camp sites offer water and electrical hookups, a paved slap for RV parking, and can accommodate RV’s up to 45-feet in length. Sited provide a grill, picnic table, and fire ring. Pets are welcome but must be maintained on a leash at least five feet in length.

The park also maintains a group camp that can accommodate up to 150 campers. This space offers sleeping accommodations in 5 dorms that sleep 50 people each. Guests here can expect to sleep in bunk beds. This area offers a full cafeteria style kitchen with an industrial size oven, refrigeration, cooking implements, and cafeteria serving line.

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Transportation in North Toledo Bend State Park

Driving

The park's address is:

2907 North Toledo Park Road
Zwolle, LA 71486

North Toledo Bend State Park is approximately 40 minutes south of Mansfield. Travel south on US-171 for approximately 25 miles. Turn right onto Red Oak Rd. There will then be a left turn onto LA-191 S. Then make a right turn onto LA-82 W. Then guests will turn left onto State Route 3229. Then turn left onto North Toledo Park Rd. Village Drive is the last road you will encounter before the park. Once guests turn onto N. Toledo Park Rd you'll be driving in dense forest and roads will be sparse.

Parking

Guests to North Toledo Bend State Park will find ample parking available within the park. Guests will find parking available near the park office, near the picnic area, near the pavilion, in the group camping area, and in the campground area.

Public Transport

There is no access to public transportation within the park.

Campgrounds and parking in North Toledo Bend State Park

Campsites in North Toledo Bend State Park

Reservations camping

North Toledo Bend State Park

Lovely wooded North Toledo Bend State Park is a camper's delight. The park maintains ten cabins and a campground for those wishing to spend the night. The park offers 63 campsites, each equipped with water and electrical hookups. For guests visiting during the fall and winter months, fireplaces add a warm glow.

North Toledo Bend State Park also maintains space for large groups of guests. This space provides five dormitories with bunk beds, a large bathhouse, and a central kitchen/dining building for cafeteria style feeding.

Campsites are spacious with concrete pads for RV’s and trailers. Guests will also find a dirt squared pad for tents. Fire rings, grills, and picnic tables are standard on all sites. The camp sites can accommodate RV’s up to 45-feet in length. The park maintains a bath house with hot showers for campground guests.

Guest to the park will find a variety of outdoor activities available to them. The park maintains a boat launch, fishing pier, and fish cleaning station for those interested in fishing the reservoir. The park also maintains an Olympic sized pool. Be mindful that the pool is only open Memorial Day through Labor Day.

First-come first-served

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Seasonal activities in North Toledo Bend State Park

In-Season

Fishing

Regardless of whether you find your way to North Toledo Bend State Park as a fishing enthusiast or not, you may well want to cast a line into this massive reservoir. Toledo Bend Reservoir is touted as one of the country's prime fishing lakes. The park maintains a boat launch area, offers boat rentals and maintains a fish cleaning station for all the fish you can expect to pull from this grand reservoir.

Bass fishing is by far the most popular on Toledo Bend. However, guests may expect to pull white perch, bream, white bass, striped bass and catfish from this massive reservoir. The current bass lake record for Toledo Bend is 15.33 pounds. Fishing is so good here, that the lake is home to many annual fishing tournaments.

Hiking

Make sure you pack your hiking boots when preparing for your visit to North Toledo Bend State Park. The park maintains two multi use trails. There is an easy one-and-a-half-mile trail offering guests an easy stroll through the rolling hills with interconnected ravines and valleys. Guest will wind their way through mature mixed pine and hardwood forest. For guests seeking a more strenuous hike, the park also maintains a four-mile trail. This trail is more challenging in both length and terrain.

Swimming

Guests to North Toledo Bend State Park will enjoy the sparkling waters of the Olympic sized pool nestled beneath the dappled shade of the mature forest canopy. Guests are invited to enjoy a refreshing dip from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The pool has a modified schedule from August 1st through Labor Day. The pool is normally closed on Mondays and Wednesdays for maintenance. However, the pool has a Tuesday/Thursday closure schedule following holiday weekends.

Off-Season

Los Adaes State Historic Site

Los Adaes State Historic Site located approximately 1 mile northeast of Robeline on LA Hwy 485 is a 14-acre site on the "El Camino Real" near Natchitoches. This site features the remains of a Spanish fort built in the 1700's to protect Texas from the French. Los Adaes was the symbol of New Spain in Louisiana. This was once the capital of Texas. In the height of the area there was a unique cooperation between the French, the Spanish and the Native Americans that resided here. Guests to the site will quickly understand why it thrives. The site is one of Louisiana's most intriguing state Historic Sites.

Los Adaes originated as a Franciscan missionary. This site is a major archaeological site offering interpretive programs to guests.

Historic Town of Natchitoches

Guests to North Toledo Bend State Park with an interest in history will find the historic town of Natchitoches of interest. The town, located off I-49 on Cane River Lake, is the heart of Natchitoches Parish. The town, founded in 1714, was established near a village of Natchitoches Indians. This is the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase territory.

The city of Natchotoches’ Historic Landmark District, is a thirty-three-block area fronting Cane River Lake. This area includes many historic homes, churches, and businesses. Guests will find that structures in this area are a mixture of Queen Anne and Victorian architecture. Guests will also see Creole influence throughout the district.

Fort Jesup State Historic Site

The Fort Jesup State Historic Site located 6 miles east of Many off LA 6. After the 1803 Louisiana Purchase, the United States’ western borders were poorly defined. The U.S. claimed eastern Texas and the Spanish claimed west Louisiana. This area became known as the “Neutral Ground,” and was an infamously lawless region until Fort Jesup’s founding in 1822.

For the next 25 years, Fort Jesup became a highly significant place. Future President Zachary Taylor was the forts first commander. Soldiers here were relied upon to maintained peace along the border. Numerous Texas-bound settlers passed through Fort Jesup during a time of upheaval that ended when the U.S. won Texas from Mexico in 1845.

Guests to the Fort Jesup State Historic Site are invited to explore the fort’s original field kitchen. Guests will also find a replica of the officers' quarters which serves as a museum and visitors center, The site offers many interpretive programs.

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