South Toledo Bend State Park

Western Crossroads, Louisiana

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South Toledo Bend State Park


  • State park greeting sign.- South Toledo Bend State Park
  • A submerged tree in the lake makes for a good photo subject. - South Toledo Bend State Park
  • Sunset over the Lakeview Trail boardwalk. - South Toledo Bend State Park
  • Two lane boat launch near the overflow parking. - South Toledo Bend State Park
  • Lakeview trail crosses over the lake. The visitor center can be found on the other side. - South Toledo Bend State Park
  • Primitive campsite #4 has a great view of the lake. - South Toledo Bend State Park
  • The South Toledo Bend State Park beach. - South Toledo Bend State Park
  • A camper enjoying their weekend getaway. - South Toledo Bend State Park
  • The visitor center is a must visit. - South Toledo Bend State Park
  • Under the roof of the visitor center. - South Toledo Bend State Park
  • Lots of information about the local wildlife can be found inside the visitor center. - South Toledo Bend State Park
  • The back porch of the visitor center offers good views. - South Toledo Bend State Park
  • Moonrise over one of the great primitive campsites. - South Toledo Bend State Park
Overview + Weather
Good fishing. Beautiful and visitor center. Really nice primitive campsites.
Gets crowded during the busy season.
Western Crossroads, LA
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Year round: 
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description


Positioned across a few bluffs overlooking the lake, South Toledo Bend State Park has many great vantage points looking out over the Toledo Bend Reservoir. South Toledo Bend is one of the newest additions to the Louisiana State Park system. The state park is home to a campground with 60 campsites, five of which are some of the best primitive tent campsites that you’ll find in a Louisiana State Park. The primitive sites are situated up on a bluff overlooking the scenic reservoir. 

If you’re camping at the nationally recognized South Toledo Bend State Park, try to get out and enjoy all that the park has to offer. The visitor center is a really beautiful building that’s located at the end of Soaring Drive. Inside you’ll find interactive information outlets for children and adults alike. This building is quite impressive. The attached deck has a couple of tables where visitors can sit, relax and enjoy a good view of the lake. The visitor center can also be booked for group events such as meetings, family reunions or weddings. 

Take a stroll on the Lakeview Hiking Trail that crosses a finger of the reservoir on an elevated boardwalk. People are welcome to fish from directly from the boardwalk. If you approach quietly, you may be lucky enough to see some wildlife on the banks of the lake. Bald eagles are commonly sighted in South Toledo Bend State Park, as is indicated by the park's street names.

Other activities of the state park include OHV riding, hiking, cycling, birding, and fishing. The state park has a two-lane boat ramp for easy access to the water. The lake hosts national bass fishing tournaments, so you know the fishing is good here! 

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(1 within a 30 mile radius)

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