North Toledo Bend State Park RV & Campground Guide

Louisiana

During the early 1950s, it became evident to both the Texas and Louisiana legislatures that something had to be done about the erosion, property damage, and life-threatening conditions along the Sabine River, which served as part of their shared border. The two states took it upon themselves, without any federal help, to build the largest reservoir in the South and the fifth-largest in the United States. North Toledo Bend State Park covers 900 acres on the Louisiana side of the 185,000-acre reservoir, often referred to as Toledo Bend Lake. Once a reservoir for fresh drinking water, a power production resource, and a water control mechanism, today, the reservoir serves to attract visitors from all over the country to pursue its excellent fishing, seasonal scenic extravaganza, and wondrous hiking trails. To approach the park, visitors must travel through Zwolle, LA. Texas and Shreveport, Louisiana, are also nearby.

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Summer 70-93 F
Fall 46-88 F
Winter 38-62 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in North Toledo Bend State Park

In modern America, camping with a roof over your head has become the norm. The comforts inherent in RVs make them perfect for camping in places like North Toledo Bend State Park. To experience camping in an RV, rent one near Zwolle, LA.

North Toledo Bend State Park Campground

North Toledo Bend State Park Campground offers 63 RV campsites with picnic tables and fire rings. The park provides a dump station for guests who need to clean their waste tanks. Restrooms with flush toilets are provided for every visitor's convenience, and bathhouses with hot showers make life more comfortable for guests year-round. North Toledo Bend State Park Campground is at the tip of a peninsula that juts into the lake. The campground includes a wide boat launching area and a fish cleaning station. Greeting guests as they enter the park is the visitor center, which houses an Olympic-size swimming pool, a concession area, and a laundry facility.

  • Water Hookup: Yes
  • Electric Hookup: 30/50 amps
  • Sewer Hookup: No
  • Wi-Fi Available: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Fee: $20 to $33 per night

Tranquility Bay Resort

Tranquility Bay Resort is a privately owned resort located in Zwolle, LA. The resort offers 25 RV campsites. Of those sites, 11 provide full hookups with pull-through capability. Each site includes a large picnic table and a giant fire ring. The resort supplies a dump station, allowing guests to clean their waste tanks. Tranquility Bay Resort sits south of North Toledo Bend State Park on an arm of Toledo Bend Reservoir. The resort sports a 5-foot seawall that has reclaimed 17 acres of land from the lake. It has two ADA-accessible fishing piers that jut into the water. A boat ramp allows craft of any size to launch onto the reservoir. Hiking and biking trails run throughout the resort.

  • Water Hookup: Yes
  • Electric Hookup: 20/30/50 amp
  • Sewer Hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi Available: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Fee: $40 to $48 per night

South Toledo Bend State Park Campground

South Toledo Bend State Park Campground sits 43 miles south of North Toledo Bend State Park near the Toledo Bend Dam. Like its partner campground to the north, the park lies on the Louisiana side of the reservoir and is publicly operated. The campground offers 65 campsites located on a series of small bluffs overhanging Toledo Bend Reservoir. Each campsite includes a concrete pad, a fire ring, and a picnic table. Warm showers, restrooms with flush toilets, and a dump station are supplied by the park. Two trails wander across the park. An open breezeway leads to an observation point that provides a spectacular view of the lake and the Toledo Bend Dam. A two-lane boat ramp allows easy entry onto the reservoir for fishing and other watersports. Visitors can rent boats, canoes, and kayaks from the park concessionaire at the visitor's center.

  • Water Hookup: Yes
  • Electric Hookup: 30/50
  • Sewer Hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi Available: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Fee: $20 to $33 per night

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What to Do at
North Toledo Bend State Park

Inside North Toledo Bend State Park

Most guests come to North Toledo Bend State Park to access Toledo Bend Reservoir. The fishing is excellent, with several species occupying the lake. A spacious boat ramp area, complete with a large open parking lot, allows boats of almost any size access to the water. Two hiking trails wander up and down the lakeside and through the trees that cover the area. Swimming in the lake is popular during the hot summer months. Guests often prefer to use the indoor Olympic-sized swimming pool during the chilly seasons.

Outside North Toledo Bend State Park

The small communities surrounding North Toledo Bend State Park offer some interesting cultural experiences. There are a few restaurants, shops, and activities that are near the park. However, to find the most intriguing tastes, products, and activities, visitors discover that they must travel further into the state.

Restaurants

Burger House

Burger House comes from across the border in Texas and offers some of the best burgers and hot dogs in the country.

Type: American

Location: 2445 Obrie Street, Zwolle, LA 71486

Cypress Bend Golf Resort Restaurant

Cypress Bend Golf Resort Restaurant is in Many, LA, 11 miles southeast of the park but still alongside an arm of Toledo Bend Reservoir. This is the place where you find the most refined Southern cooking in the region. Try their crawfish etouffee to taste Louisiana's authentic flavors.

Type: Southern, American

Location: 2000 Cypress Bend Parkway, Cypress Bend Golf Course, Many, LA 71449

Mariner's Restaurant

If your quest is for the best seafood you can find in the region, then visit Mariner's Restaurant in Natchitoches, LA. Try their lump crab and shrimp oscar for a fantastic taste that you will remember wherever you go.

Type: Seafood

Location: 5948 Highway 1 Bypass, Natchitoches, LA 71457

Shopping

Toledo Town and Tackle

Before you go on an angling trip on Toledo Bend Reservoir, stop by Toledo Town and Tackle. Here you find fresh bait, lures, and knowledge of the best locations to fish in the lake for the species you prefer.

Location: 11904 Texas Highway, Many, LA 71449

Walmart Supercenter

When you need to visit a store that has everything, there is a Walmart Supercenter located in Many, LA. Here you find medications, groceries, clothing, and more.

Location: 25800 Highway 171, Many, LA 71449

Sightseeing

Old Log Courthouse

To see a piece of Louisiana history, drive 25 miles northeast from the park to see the Old Log Courthouse. This is an example of the rustic housing used by pioneers in the early 19th century.

Location: 101 Madison Street, Mansfield, LA 71052

Mansfield Female College Museum

While you are in the vicinity of Mansfield, visit the Mansfield Female College Museum to see the first women's college established west of the Mississippi River. The museum holds artifacts from graduates and examples of the courses they took as young women in the mid-19th century.

Location: 101 Monroe Street, Mansfield, LA 71052

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How to Get to
North Toledo Bend State Park

To get to North Toledo Bend State Park from Zwolle, LA, travel 1 mile on South Main Street and turn left onto Louisiana Highway 191 North (LA-191 N). Travel LA-191 N for 1 mile and turn left onto Louisiana Highway 482 West (LA-482 W). After driving for a half-mile, turn left onto State Route 3229 and go for another 4 miles. Take a left onto North Toledo Park Road. Once you are on North Toledo Park Road, the park's entrance is only 3 miles further.

Shreveport is 80 miles to the north of North Toledo Lake State Park. To reach the park from Shreveport, get onto North Market Street, drive for 1 mile in the right lane. Take the ramp onto Interstate 20 West (I-20 W) and go 1 mile to Exit 17B while remaining in the right lane. Use the right ramp to get onto Interstate 49 South (I-49 S). Get into the left lane and travel for 20 miles to Exit 186 toward Kingston. Merge onto Louisiana Highway 175 South (LA-175 S) and drive for 13 miles until you reach Mansfield. Turn right onto Polk Street and go another mile to Jenkins Street, which is also Louisiana Highway 171 South (LA-171 S). Keep on LA-171 S until you reach Zwolle, LA, and then follow the directions above.

Entering North Toledo Bend State Park

North Toledo Bend State Park is a day-use area that is open from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Entry fee (per person) : $3

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