North Toledo Bend Wildlife Management Area Information:
This 3,650 acre wildlife management area has been set aside for the purpose of creating and restoring waterfowl breeding and wintering habitat. This area borders the east and west banks of the Sabine River, at the extreme north end of the Toledo Bend Reservoir. The project includes the impoundment of a 500 acre area of land. The dam was designed to hold water at the 172 m.s.l. elevation when Toledo Bend Reservoir is full and waterfowl are migrating southward, and to release water back into the reservoir after the northward migration. The shallow wetlands area provides habitat to many species of waterfowl including wintering mallards and wood ducks, dove, quail, non-game birds, wading and shore birds, white-tailed deer, mammals, reptiles and fish. Visitors may access the area by vehicle as well as enter the 500-acre impoundment via a roller boat ramp which has been constructed on the 200-foot long embankment. Bring your own drinking water and insect repellant. There are no restrooms. Registered campers may use the primitive camping area located in a cleared area on the north end of the WMA. While in designated campsites, horses should be kept haltered on a lead or in a pen area authorized by TPWD personnel. All horses must have proof of a negative Coggins test. Equestrian use is permitted September 1-27 and March 16-August 31. Other activities include bicycling, fishing, hiking, and wildlife viewing. Approximately three miles of roads are available for hiking; there are no designated trails. (936) 569-8547. From Joaquin take FM 139 south for approximately 4.7 miles to the intersection of FM 139 and FM 2572. Travel east on FM 2572 1.7 miles to entrance.
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
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
Mosquito Informationfor Texas:
The months of April through October are the worst months for mosquitoes. . Mosquitoes love standing water, and love you when you eat bananas. Mosquitoes are also attracted to some perfumes, including perfumed shampoos. Rub yourself with Bounce Fabric Softener sheets, or with Vicks Vapor Rub or pure Mexican Vanilla. Some swear taking a daily vitamin B-1 pill works to repel mosquitoes. Planting Marigolds in your yard repels mosquitoes. On a picnic table try covering the bottom of a white plate with “lemon fresh” dish wash soap, or use citronella candles. Home Depot sometimes sells the candles in small metal buckets. The ThermaCell Mosquito Repellant is also quite effective in ridding small outdoor areas of mosquitos. Dynatrap Company makes a large standing electric mosquito machine that works like electric bug zappers. It is very successful at making large areas mosquito free. When purchasing mosquito repellent buy those with the ingredient N, N-diethyl-M-toluamide. Some that work include Off! Deep Woods, Off! Family Care Unscented with Aloe Vera, Cutter Unscented, Maggie’s Farm Natural, EcoSmart, All terrain Herbal Armor, Off Clip On, and Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Oil with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E (expensive). The fine net clothing available from Cabela’s and other sporting goods stores is highly effective in preventing mosquito bites.
Birding North Toledo Bend Wildlife Management Area:
Summer bird species include wood ducks, egrets, herons, dickcissel, scissor-tailed flycatchers, blue grosbeaks, indigo and painted buntings, and wood storks. Winter bird species include wrens, white-crowned sparrows, white-throated sparrows, Lincoln's sparrow, and waterfowl such as mallards, wood ducks, gadwalls, widgeons, pintails, green and blue winged teals, scaup and hooded mergansers. Prothonotary warblers nest in the WMA during the spring, especially around Swede Johnson Lake. Other spring species include red-eyed vireos, yellow-throated vireos, northern parulas, Louisiana water-thrushes, Kentucky warblers, hooded warblers, Baltimore and orchard orioles and summer tanagers.
Birding - TEXAS PRAIRIES AND PINEYWOODS EAST BIRDING TRAIL:
North Toledo Bend Loop:
Joaquin, Logansport, Center, Shelbyville, Milam
Stephen F. Austin Loop:
Texas Birds Checklist
Bird Checklist for Pineywoods of Eastern Texas
Deep East Texas Birding Sites Guide
Northeast Texas Bird Checklist
Angelina National Forest & Sam Rayburn Reservoir Bird Checklist
Toledo Bend Reservoir Bird Checklist
Hunting North Toledo Bend Wildlife Management Area:
The WMA is considered one of the best hunting programs in the State of Texas because of an abundance of white-tail deer, waterfowl, turkey, and wild hogs. Public hunting for white-tailed deer, spring eastern turkey, unlimited feral hogs (archery or gun hunting), waterfowl, woodcock, rails, gallinules, snipe, dove, quail, squirrel, rabbits, hares, predators, furbearers and frogs is permitted. A daily limit of bullfrogs applies. Trapping is permitted for furbearers and predators only.There is a special archery only season for deer. The North Toledo Bend WMA offers excellent waterfowl hunting. A roller boat ramp provides access to the 500 acre lake. Primitive camping is available in designated campsites.(936) 569-8547. North Toledo Bend Wildlife Management Area Hunting Information & Map
Hunt Texas Online Connection:
More than 95% of Texas land is privately owned, making it hard for hunters to find affordable hunting opportunities. The Texas Parks and Wildlife has a huge public hunting program, and has developed a new service to help hunters find hunting places. This new service is provided free by the TPWD. It allows landowners to list available hunting leases or spots that have opened up, and allows hunters to find private hunting leases according to their preferences.
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