North Toledo Bend State Park
2907 North Toledo Park Road, Zwolle, LA 71486|
318-645-4715 or 888-677-6400 toll free
For reservations, call 1-877-CAMP-N-LA (877-226-7652) toll free.
Directions: From Shreveport, head south on US 171, and turn right onto LA 482 in Zwolle. Approx. two miles later, turn left onto LA 3229; this road leads to the park. From Natchitoches or I-49, take LA 6 west to Many. Take US 171 north to Zwolle, LA 120 west into Zwolle to connect to US 171 Business, and veer left onto LA 482. Approx. two miles later, turn left onto LA 3229; this road leads to the park. GPS Coordinates: N 31 32.933; W 93 44.021.
Hours of Operation: Gates are open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday. April-September, entrance station is open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.; October-March, entrance station is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All park sites close at 10 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and days preceding holidays.
Entrance Fees: $1 per person; Free for Seniors (62 and older) and children age 3 and under
Located on Toledo Bend Reservoir, one of the country's largest man-made reservoirs, North Toledo Bend State Park provides a venue for a wide variety of water-related activities in a pleasant environment. And for land-based activities, more than 900 acres are available for camping, picnicking, hiking, and relaxing in the heart of nature.
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 bath-house. A concession area and laundry complete the complex and provide visitors with all the conveniences for a long or short stay in the park.
A boat launch area, featuring a spacious ramp, a large parking lot, boat rentals, and a fish cleaning station, provides access to the reservoir. Organizations associated with the Toledo Bend Reservoir host numerous freshwater fishing competitions which attract fishermen from around the country. Fishing, swimming, boating, hiking, picnicking, and relaxing--all of these activities and more are yours to enjoy at North Toledo Bend State Park.
|Deluxe Cabins||10 available, 2 are ADA compliant||$120/night, Oct-Mar; $150/night on Fridays & Saturdays, Apr-Sept, sleeps up to 6 people with 1 double bed, 2 single beds and 1 sofa sleeper|
|Group Camp||$500/night||Includes dining hall/kitchen and 5 dormitories, sleeping up to 150 people|
|Meeting Room||$100/day||Capacity is 60 people for both Conference and Theatre set-ups|
|55 Improved Campsites (water and electrical hookup)||$16/night, Oct-Mar; $20/night, Apr-Sept|
|8 Premium Campsites (all prime location campsites, with water and electrical hookup)||$18/night, Oct-Mar; $26/night, Apr-Sept|
America the Beautiful Passes (formerly Golden Age & Golden Access Passports) (Available through the National Park Service. Visit www.nps.gov/fees_passes.htm for more information)|
Holders of the Passes, whose state of residence also honors the America the Beautiful pass, are entitled to a 50% reduction on camping fees at Louisiana State Parks. (Passport holders are allowed one site per passport).
Rental Boats (State Park operated rentals)
|Boats||$15 per day||includes 2 paddles and 3 life jackets|
|Canoes||$5 per hour or|
$20 per day
|includes paddles, life jackets|
|Paddle boats||$5 per hour||includes life jackets|
Trails at North Toledo Bend State Park:
Fort Jesup State Historic Site (6 miles east of Many off LA 6, formerly the "San Antonio Trace") - The site of a fort established in 1822 by Zachary Taylor to secure the western border of the U.S. frontier. It features the original field kitchen, a replica of officers' quarters which serves as a museum and visitors center, and interpretive programs.
Hodges Gardens State Park (6 miles south of Florien on Hwy. 171) - Cabins and campsites offer overnight accommodations, while day-use visitors enjoy the nature trails and extensive picnic area. Water from the 225-acre lake is pumped through an extensive system of pools and waterfalls, adding to the beauty of the formal gardens.
Mansfield State Historic Site (4 miles south of Mansfield on LA 175)--The site of the last major Confederate victory of the Civil War. Visitors may take daily tours, see interpretive programs, spend time in the museum with its comprehensive collection of Civil War artifacts, and walk the trail through the battlefield area.
Rebel State Historic Site (3 miles northwest of Marthaville on State Hwy. 1221, and 25 miles west of Natchitoches and I-49) - Features the gravesite of an unknown Confederate soldier and is home of the Louisiana Country Music Museum. An amphitheater offers concerts featuring gospel, country and folk music.
Los Adaes State Historic Site (1 mile northeast of Robeline on LA Hwy. 485) - The 14-acre site located on the "El Camino Real" near Natchitoches features the remains of a Spanish fort built in the 1700s to protect Texas from the French. It is a major archaeological site and offers interpretive programs.
South Toledo Bend State Park (16 miles west of Anacoco, off LA Hwy. 191) - Set on the scenic bluffs of the southern end of the Toledo Bend Reservoir, the park offers cabins, campsites, a visitor center with meeting room facilities and a paved nature trail. A boat launch provides a route to some of the best fishing in the nation.
Historic Town of Natchitoches (off I-49 on Cane River Lake) - The oldest settlement in the Louisiana Purchase, it has a 33-block Historic Landmark District featuring Creole architecture, bed and breakfasts, restaurants, shops and historic homes.
Cane River Country (South of Natchitoches along LA 1) - Features some of the South's oldest plantation homes situated along the 32-mile oxbow-shaped Cane River Lake. The countryside is dotted with pecan orchards, cotton farms, historic landmarks, plantations, and churches.
Kisatchie National Forest-Longleaf Vista National Recreation Trail (25 miles west of Natchitoches and I- 49) - Take LA 6 west 6 miles, then take LA 117 another 16 miles to this trail featuring spectacular views of mesas, buttes, and sandstone outcroppings within the U.S. Forest Service Kisatchie Hills Wilderness Area.
Sabine Wildlife Refuge (5 miles south of Zwolle) - This area of 14,780-acres of loblolly and short leaf pine is open to visitors to enjoy hunting, birding, and camping.
National Fish Hatchery and Aquarium (615 Hwy. 1 south, Natchitoches) - Tours feature aquarium exhibits of native Louisiana species including turtles and alligators as well as a video presentation. Visitors may also observe seasonal operations such as feeding fish, hatching eggs, and harvesting fish.