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Toledo Bend Lake Country - Sabine Parish


Toledo Bend Lake Country on the Central Louisiana border between Louisiana and Texas is a Sportsman’s Paradise with championship fishing and golf along its 186,000-acre lake. Toledo Bend Lake, named the #1 bass fishing lake two years in a row by Bassmaster, consistently produces “lunkers” (bass weighing over 10 lbs. each), boasting a record of 1,109 lunkers caught since its inception! Anglers are rewarded by the Toledo Bend Lunker Bass Program for releasing their trophy-sized Lunkers back into the reservoir with a replica provided as a souvenir for their impressive catch.

Cypress Bend Resort’s nationally recognized golf course is carved out of nature. Considered the crown jewel of the Audubon Trail, the newly redesigned course is known for its stunning views. Toledo Bend Lake Country, home to two state parks, one national historic trail, over a hundred species of birds, and numerous private parks and beaches make it the perfect place for anyone who loves hiking, biking, trail-riding (both horse and ATV), birding, and lake fun. This 18- hole championship course on Louisiana’s Audubon Golf Trail has breathtaking views on and off the course! The pet-friendly resort features 95 updated guest rooms and golf suites, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a beautiful restaurant serving Southern cuisine, 600 acres of gardens and nature trails, and lots more. Book an appointment at the resort’s Spa at Cypress Bend (reopening Winter 2023) for all sorts of relaxing therapeutic and aesthetic services, including a wide variety of massages, facials, wraps, and bodywork.

No Man’s Land  

This area along Louisiana’s western border is part of what was once No Man’s Land, a neutral zone of territory during the time of the Louisiana Purchase. With no king or country, it became home to outlaws, pirates, bandits, and brave pioneers.  With legends around every corner there is plenty to keep those who are curious, or history buffs entertained at Ft. Jesup State Historic Site, established to help tame the new, Louisiana territory. Trails such as the El Camino Real, the King’s Highway, one of the most ancient roads in American history will also prove entertaining. The El Camino Real de los Tejas (Hwy 6 in Louisiana and Hwy 21 in Texas) runs from Natchitoches through the heart of Toledo Bend (Many, La.) to the arid lands of Old Mexico. This road also plays host to the Sale on the Trail each spring turning the road into a bargain-hunter dream with yard sales from Toledo Bend into Texas, and Tales on the Trail is an ongoing event that tells the history and culture along The El Camino Real that sparks adventures, shopping, and great selfie moments along the trail.

 Culture & History

The colorful culture of the communities in Toledo Bend Lake Country is reflected in multiple festivals held throughout the year. One of the most unique festivals is the Zwolle Tamale Fiesta, providing over 26,000 dozen tamales for fiesta goers for a spicy good time. Juneteenth and Black Heritage events commemorate African American freedom and culture. The Choctaw Apache Pow Wow celebrates this area’s strong Native American culture. The Annual Battle of Pleasant Hill marks the anniversary of one of the major events in Louisiana during the Civil War, the Red River Campaign. Another reenactment of a different era takes place annually in November at the Sabine Freestate Festival in Florien. Celebrate the period in Western Louisiana's history when this region was declared the neutral strip (A Free State, 1806-1822) during its No Man’s Land days.

So, explore Toledo Bend Lake Country and find your adventure! Plan your visit to the lake now!