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Toledo Bend is a Man Made Lake. When was it built and how big is it?
Construction on Toledo Bend began in 1964. The power plant was completed in 1969! This was a project of the Sabine River Authority in both the states of Louisiana and Texas! The primary purpose of the lake was water supply, hydroelectric power generation and recreation!
What resulted from the project, was the largest man-made body of water in the South and the fifth largest surface acre lake in the United States! When the lake is at full pool, the water covers an area of 185,000 acres, and is approximately 65 miles long!
Texas and Louisiana share the 1,200 miles of shoreline, and is a huge playground for water oriented outdoor recreation! Private and public facilities are available for swimming, boating, fishing and camping.
Because of the mild climate, variety of recreational opportunities, low property taxes and scenic forest areas, Toledo Bend is a top choice for retirement!
I’m thinking of buying property at Toledo Bend and I keep hearing about leaseback. What is leaseback?
When you buy a waterfront property on Toledo Bend, you are considered the “adjacent landowner”. The Sabine River Authority actually owns the shoreline of Toledo Bend on both the Texas and Louisiana shores. But you have the option of leasing the shoreline adjacent to your property from the SRA!
The leaseback portion of the property is determined by elevation, normally at the 175 foot elevation. By leasing the shoreline, the property owner now has use of this property, and is allowed to construct and own docks, boathouses and retaining walls! The private owner also gains use of the land. If you wish to put in a pier or boathouse, you must make application to the SRA and be granted permission. Even though the land is allowed for your personal use, there are restrictions. No portion of your home may be on the leaseback property, and no bathroom facilities or septic tanks are allowed on leaseback in an effort to keep water pure.
I have a Texas Fishing License....how can I be sure that I stay on the Texas side of Toledo Bend Lake?
That’s the Best part! You don’t have to! Residents of Texas or Louisiana who are licensed by their state, or visitors who hold valid non-resident fishing licenses issued by either state may fish in any portion of Toledo Bend that they wish!
One word of caution! The fishing regulations for crappie and catfish differ in Texas and Lousiana. Be sure that your “catch of the day” conforms to Texas regulations if you’re on the Texas side….even if you caught them on the Louisiana side!
For more in-depth information regarding Texas Hunting and Fishing Regulations, please visit Texas Parks and Wildlife!