Panola, Sabine, Shelby
Toledo Bend Reservoir
Toledo Bend Reservoir Information:
The 185,000 surface acre Toledo Bend Reservoir is the largest man-made reservoir in the south, and the 5th largest in the United States. The reservoir was formed by damming the Sabine River. The dam was built by the states of Texas and Louisiana without any Federal assistance. It was completed in 1969. The dam is located northeast of Burkeville and Mayflower, Texas in the northeast corner of Newton County, though very little of the reservoir is located in Newton County. The reservoir is located in the Sabine National Forest, and extends 65 miles northward into parts of Sabine and DeSoto parishes in Louisiana, and into Sabine, Shelby, and Panola Counties in Texas. The lake has 1,200 miles of shoreline, and a maximum depth of 110 feet. Many recreational facilities are located on the lake. Lake towns include Joaquin, Seagoville, Milam, Pontoon, Hemphill, and Burkeville, Texas. The lake is managed by the Sabine River Authority of Texas and the Sabine River Authority of Louisiana in Many, Louisiana. Reservoir & Towns Map    
Pendleton Bridge:
This bridge is located on Texas (Milam) SH 21/Louisiana SH 6. It spans the Toledo Bend Reservoir between Texas (near Hemphill), and Many, Louisiana. A Louisiana Visitors Center is located on the east side of the bridge. There are boat ramps, marinas, lodging, restaurants, grocery stores and other amenities in this area.
Sabine River:
The 555 mile long Sabine River rises in three branches, the Cowleech Fork, the Caddo Fork, and the South Fork. A fourth branch known as the Lake Fork of the Sabine or Lake Fork Creek, joins the main stream forty miles downstream from the junction of the other three branches. The Cowleech Branch rises in northeast Hunt County and flows southeast for 35 miles to its confluence with the Caddo and South Forks to form the Sabine River Proper. The Caddo Fork rises in two forks, the East and West Caddo Forks; these forks unite in the southern part of Hunt County. The South Fork rises in the southwestern part of Hunt County and flows east for 18 miles to join the Caddo and Cowleech Forks. From this point the Sabine River flows southeast, forming the boundaries between Rains and Van Zandt, Van Zandt and Wood, Wood and Smith, and Smith and Upshur Counties. After crossing most of Gregg County, the river forms portions of the county lines between Gregg and Harrison, Harrison and Rusk, and Harrison and Panola counties before it bends more sharply across Panola County. At the thirty-second parallel in the southeastern corner of Panola County the Sabine becomes the state boundary between Texas and Louisiana, and thus the eastern boundary of Shelby, Sabine, Newton, Orange, and Jefferson Counties. The Toledo Bend Reservoir is located on the river between the boundaries of Louisiana and Texas. The Sabine River empties into Sabine Lake which is formed by the confluence of the Neches and the Sabine Rivers; the lake is drained by Sabine Pass into the Gulf of Mexico. Management of the river and watershed is overseen by the Sabine River Authority of Texas. Fish Stocking History
Sabine National Forest Information:
Located in the Pineywoods Region of east Texas, the 160,656-acre Sabine National Forest is the easternmost of the four national forests in Texas and forms part of the boundary between Texas and Louisiana. The forest is situated on the western slopes of the Sabine River watershed within Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, Jasper, and Newton Counties. The earliest inhabitants were nomadic hunters who eventually became farmers. When the first Europeans visited the area and encountered these people, the Spanish called them “Tejas.” The Spanish built missions among the Tejas (now referred to as Caddo) in an attempt to convert them. They were unsuccessful and there were frequent hostilities between the tribes and the Europeans. By the beginning of the 19th century the more than two dozen Caddo tribes had been reduced to a single tribe which was relocated to Oklahoma shortly after Texas gained statehood. SH 21 transverses the forest. Many historical markers are located along the route designating it the “El Camino Real de los Tejas,” the original main route between the most eastern Spanish settlement at Los Adaes in Louisiana, and the missions of the San Antonio Missions National Historic Park in San Antonio, Texas. The Toledo Bend Reservoir is located on the eastern side of the forest. It is a nationally known recreation area. There are extensive public and private facilities and amenities on the reservoir, including fish camps, marinas, campgrounds, picnic areas, lodging, parks, hiking and mountain bike trails, equestrian trails and hunting areas. For more complete forest information, go to the Sabine National Forest Home Page. Forest Map