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Brandy Branch

City: Marshall, Texas

Size: 1,242 surface acres

Location: Between Marshall and Longview , eight miles southwest of Marshall on FM 3251.

Description: Also known as Hallsville or Pirkey Lake.

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Lake Fork

City: Quitman, Texas

Size: 27,690 surface acres

Location: Five miles west of Quitman and 15 miles south of Sulphur Springs.

Description: Lake Fork Creek, Birch Creek and Big Caney Creek are the primary feeder streams along with numerous secondary creeks. Lake Fork is used for water supply and recreation. Lake Fork has gained national recognition because of its trophy largemouth bass fishery.

Facilities: One public park with a wheelchair accessible fishing pier. There are 25 commercial marinas.

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Lake Gladewater

City: Gladewater, Texas

Size: 800 surface acres

Location: Off FM 2685 north of US 80 in City of Gladewater in Upshur County.

Description: Lake Gladewater is on Glade Creek and serves as water supply for the City of Gladewater.

Facilities: Although most of the shoreline is in private ownerships, boating and fishing access is provided at the city park adjacent to the dam.

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Lake Hawkins

City: Hawkins, Texas

Size: 800 surface acres

Location: On Little Sandy Creek. Northwest of Hawkins via US 80; also accessible from Mineola via US 80 and FM 2869

Description: One of four small Wood County lakes constructed for flood control and recreation

Facilities: Numerous fee or free picnic and camping areas are available. Although there are no public fishing piers, most of the shoreline is accessible by all-weather roads and there is one marina and a County Park.

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Lake Holbrook

City: Mineola, Texas

Size: 627 surface acres

Location: On Keys Creek, 2 miles northwest of Mineola off US 69; also accessible from US 80.

Description: One of the four Wood County lakes constructed for recreation and flood control. It is on a small tributary of the Sabine River and is within the East Texas timberlands.

Facilities: A county-operated campground is at lakeside. Water sports, swimming beach, and fishing.

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Lake Murvaul

City: Carthage, Texas

Size: 3,800 surface acres

Location: Located about seven miles southeast of Carthage off FM 1970 in Panola County

Description: Water supply reservoir constructed by Panola County Fresh Water Supply District

Facilities: There are two marinas, one located on the west end and one located on the east end. Both have overnight lodging facilities. County park with a picnic area and overnight camping facility are available.

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Lake Quitman

City: Quitman, Texas

Size: 814 surface acres

Location: Located about 4 miles north of Quitman via FM 2966 on Dry Creek

Description: One of four small Wood County lakes constructed for flood control and recreation

Facilities: Lakeside facilities include marinas, boat service and rentals, tent and RV campsites with hookups, swimming area.

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Lake Tawakoni

City: Greenville, Texas

Size: 36,700 surface acres

Location: About 35 miles east of Dallas and 10 miles northeast of Wills Point, Texas. Located on the Sabine River immediately above the old Iron Bridge Crossing on FM 47.

Description: Lake Tawakoni is used for water supply and recreation.

Facilities: Lakeside parks, campsites, RV hookups, picnicking, swimming, marinas, boat rentals, bait and tackle.

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Lake Winnsboro

City: Winnsboro, Texas

Size: 1,100 surface acres

Location: Seven miles southwest of Winnsboro via SH 37; also accessible from Quitman.

Description: Recreational impoundment with lakeside parks, campsites, RV hookups, picnicking, swimming, marina, boat rentals, bait and tackle.

Facilities: Several available around lake

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Martin Lake

City: Tatum, Texas

Size: 5,020 surface acres

Location: On Martin Creek, a tributary of the Sabine River. Approximately 4 miles southwest of Tatum via SH 43, and local road south from FM 1716 intersection.

Description: Steam-electric power generation reservoir

Facilities: Martin Creek State Park is located on north shore and offers camping, picnic area, 4-lane concrete boat ramp, bait, tackle.

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Toledo Bend Reservoir

City: Burkeville, Texas

Size: 186,000 surface acres

Location: Located along the Texas/Louisiana border

Description: The lake extends up the Sabine River 65 miles and is surrounded by typical mixed pine, hardwood forests. It is the largest man-made reservoir in the south. The lake was built on the Sabine River and numerous large creeks feed the reservoir. The reservoir is used for water supply, hydroelectric power and recreation.

Facilities: There are numerous marinas and camping facilities around the lake. The Sabine National Forest operates several campgrounds.

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State and Local Government Campgrounds and Parks

  

Claiborne West Park

City: Vidor, Texas

Location: From IH-10; Exit 864 and go to north access road, east 2 miles.

Description: Ten prepared tent sites, fee. Located on Cow Bayou. Five miles of nature trails, large pavilions equipped with picnic tables, barbecue grills, water, electrical outlets, restrooms, playground, basketball courts, baseball fields.

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Governor Hogg Shrine

City: Quitman, Texas

Location: 518 Main Street (SH 37).

Description: State historic site with buildings, museum and mementos related to the Hogg family, prominent in Texas history and politics. Hogg was the first native-born governor of Texas. Old Settlers Nature Trail has 23 stops and 4 foot bridges along a half-mile trail. Tours, picnic tables.

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Lake Hawkins County Park

City: Hawkings, Texas

Location: From FM 14: US 80 west 4 miles; CR 3440 north 1 mile.

Description: 36 trailer sites or 10 tent sites with electricity and water; 150 primitive camping areas; fee. Open March-November. Dump station, restrooms, showers, bathhouse, tables, grills, beach, swimming, fishing, boat ramp, fishing pier, playground, 1.5-mile nature trail, scenic views.

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Lake Holbrook Park

City: Mineola, Texas

Location: From SH 37: US 80 west 3.6 miles; CR 2231 west 1 mile; CR 2260 north 0.3 mile.

Description: Ten trailer sites; other camp areas cover 40 acres; limit 15 days. On Lake Holbrook. Restrooms, no drinking water, snack bar (summer). Swimming, fishing, boat ramp, playground, scenic views.

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Lake Quitman Park

City: Quitman, Texas

Location: From SH 37: SH 154 west 0.4 mile; FM 2966 north 4.8 miles; Lake Quitman Road east 0.9 mile.

Description: 12 trailer sites; 8 sites with electricity; fee, limit 15 days; other camp area covers 25 acres. Restrooms, boat rental, bait, grills, ice, grocery. Swimming, fishing, boat ramps, scenic views.

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Lake Winnsboro North Park

City: Winnsboro, Texas

Location: From SH 37: FM 515 west 4 miles; local road south 0.5 mile and east 0.5 mile.

Description: 15 trailer sites; two with electricity; fee. Other primitive camp area covers four acres, limit 15 days. Restrooms, snack bar, ice, grocery, boat rental. Swimming, boat ramp, fishing, marina.

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Martin Creek Lake State Park

City: Tatum, Texas

Location: The park may be reached by driving 3.5 miles southwest of Tatum on SH 43, then turning south on CR 2183.

Description: The Martin Creek Lake State Park area has a great history. Visitors near the fishing pier can still see the old Trammel's Trace roadbed, an Indian trail that became a major route for Anglo-American settlers moving into Texas from Arkansas. There are two hiking trails, each approximately one mile in length and one bicycling trail that is 6 miles long. Activities include picnicking, island camping, boating, fishing, swimming, water skiing, backpacking and hiking over historic trails that wind through scenic pine and hardwood forests, wildlife observation. Located 20 miles southeast of Longview.

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Sam Forse Collins Recreation Area

City: Burkeville, Texas

Location: Take FM 692 north from Burkeville to RR 255, west on RR 255, 0.5 mile to park.

Description: Located on Toledo Bend Reservoir. The park has group facilities, playground equipment, boat ramp, picnic tables, a wheelchair-accessible fishing pier, and restrooms.

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Siecke State Forest

City: Kirbyville, Texas

Location: Main tract located 5 miles southeast of Kirbyville via FM 82; 100-acre adjunct a mile west.

Description: This 1,722-acre forest is named for EO Siecke, State Forester, 1918-1942. Managed by the Texas Forest Service, which is part of the Texas A&M University System. Fishing permitted in small pond near entrance to district headquarters and in Trout Creek; picnic tables. Open year round.

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SRA Recreation Site 2

City: Tenaha Creek, Texas

Location: Take FM 139 south from Joaquin to Tenaha Creek, park is on south side of Tenaha Creek.

Description: Located on Toledo Bend Reservoir, the park has a boat ramp, picnic tables, and a small parking lot.

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SRA Swede Johnson Recreation Area (Site1)

City: Joaquin, Texas

Location: Take FM 139 south from Joaquin to FM 2572, east on FM 2572 to the end of the road.

Description: Located on Toledo Bend Reservoir. The park has a boat ramp, picnic tables, playground equipment, and portable toilet facilities.

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SRA W.C. Swearingen Recreation Area

City: Quitman, Texas

Location: From SH 37 turn west on SH 154, go 5 miles. The park will be on the right.

Description: Located on Lake Fork Reservoir. The park has a wheelchair-accessible fishing pier, restrooms, picnic tables and a playground.

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Tyler State Park

City: Tyler, Texas

Location: The park is located 2 miles north of IH-20 on FM 14 north of Tyler.

Description: Spring-fed lake surrounded by a mixed pine/hardwood forest in 985-acre Tyler State Park. Facilities include: campsites for tents, trailers; screened shelters, 2.5 miles of hiking trails; amphitheater on lake shore; swimming, three fishing piers, boating and boat ramp, wildlife observation and photography.

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Wind Point Park

City: Lone Oak, Texas

Location: From Lone Oak: FM 1571 west, 4.5 miles to park entrance.

Description: On Lake Tawakoni. Concessionaire: 159 trailer sites or tent sites; 90 sites with electricity, water and sewage, 69 sites with electricity and water. 15 sites with screened shelters. Eight sites have cabins with kitchenette; fee. Reservations accepted. Two air- conditioned lodges with kitchens for day use. Dump station, restrooms, showers, grills. Swimming, fishing, bait and tackle, grocery, laundry, bathhouse, boat ramps, minibike area, playgrounds, tennis, softball, basketball, lighted fishing pier and hiking.

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Sabine National Forest

  

NOTICE: The US Forest Service has ordered its Sabine National Forest recreation areas CLOSED

Boles Field Recreation Area

City: Center, Texas

Location: Follow Highway 87 south from Center for 4 miles; turn left (east) on FM 2694 for 8 miles to entrance.

Description: Tent or RV camping, 20 campsites with electricity, water and bathhouse near camp sites. Open all year.

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East Hamilton

City: Center, Texas

Location: From Center go south 20 miles on SH 87 to FM 2261 in Patroon, then go east 9 miles on FM 2261.

Description: Located on Toledo Bend Reservoir. Includes a one-lane boat ramp, limited facilities. Day-use only. Operated by the Sabine River Authority of Texas. Owned by USFS Sabine National Forest.

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Haley's Ferry

City: Center, Texas

Location: From Center follow Highway 87 for 4 miles to Shelbyville; left (east) on FM 2694 for 15 miles; right (south) onto FM 3172 for 1 mile; left (east) onto FS100A for 2 miles to ramp entrance sign on the right.

Description: On Toledo Bend Reservoir. Primitive camping with no facilities at this time. A boat ramp is located at Haley's Ferry. Operated by the Sabine River Authority of Texas. Owned by USFS Sabine National Forest.

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Indian Mounds Campground

City: Hemphill, Texas

Location: Follow Highway 83 east from Hemphill for 8 miles; turn right (south) on FM 3382 for 3.5 miles; turn left onto Forest Service Road 130 to entrance.

Description: This developed USFS site on Toledo Bend Reservoir offers access to the nearby Indian Mounds Wilderness Area and an alternative to wilderness camping. Facilities include 37 travel trailer or tent sites, picnic tables, grills and portable toilet facilities. Operated by the Sabine River Authority of Texas. Owned by USFS Sabine National Forest.

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Indian Mounds Wilderness Area

City: Hemphill, Texas

Location: From Hemphill follow Highway 83 east for 3.5 miles to designated wilderness parking area.

Description: Located in the Pineywoods of East Texas on Toledo Bend Reservoir. Established October 30, 1984, under the Texas Wilderness Act and is 11,037 acres in size. Recreation opportunities include hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, photography, bird watching, fishing, and hunting. The nearby Indian Mounds Campground provides camping facilities and access to the wilderness area for day visitors. No motorized vehicles are allowed in wilderness areas, visitors can only enter the area on foot or by horseback.

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Lakeview Campground

City: Hemphill, Texas

Location: From Pineland follow FM 2426 east for 10 miles; turn right (south) on Highway 87 for 3 miles; turn left (east) on FM 2928 for 3.5 miles to end of paved road; follow signs to Lakeview (approximately 4 miles).

Description: Located on Toledo Bend Reservoir. 10 camping sites with a table, grill, tent pad and garbage can at each site. Trailhead for Trail Between the Lakes. Water is available from two centrally located hydrants. The area has portable toilet facilities. Operated by the Sabine River Authority of Texas. Owned by USFS Sabine National Forest.

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Ragtown Recreation Area

City: Shelbyville, Texas

Location: Follow Highway 87 east from Center for 11 miles; turn left (east) on FM 139 for 6 miles; bear right onto FM 3184 and follow 4 miles to entrance.

Description: Ragtown offers something for everyone: camping, hiking, fishing, bird watching and viewing nature at its best. It is on the Texas shore of Toledo Bend. The campground is nestled high on a bluff that faces east. There are 12 double-family camping units, 13 single-family camping units, a double-laned public boat ramp and a parking lot. Ragtown campsites are surrounded by southern pine and hardwood trees. Each is equipped with a picnic table, tent pad, parking spur and a campfire ring which can be used as a cooking grill. Visitors can enjoy Mother Nature's Hiking Trail which loops around the campground for one mile. Ragtown is a bird watcher's paradise. Operated by the Sabine River Authority of Texas. Owned by USFS Sabine National Forest.

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Red Hills Lake Recreation Area

City: Milam, Texas

Location: Follow Highway 21 east from San Augustine for 18 miles to Milam, TX; turn left (north) on Highway 87 for 2.5 mi.

Description: Located on 19-acre Red Hills Lake. Facilities include 28 family camping units (9 with electrical hook-ups), 15 single-family picnicking units, and a picnic shelter. There is also a swimming beach and bath house. Visitors who desire to learn more about the living forest will want to stroll down a short interpretive walk within the recreation area. Owned and operated by USFS Sabine National Forest.

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Trail Between the Lakes

City: Hemphill, Texas

Location: Located in the southern Sabine County, it extends from Lakeview Recreation Area on Toledo Bend Reservoir to State Highway 96 within sight of the easternmost point of Sam Rayburn Reservoir.

Description: 28-mile hiking trail that winds through the Sabine National Forest. It extends from Lakeview Recreation Area on Toledo Bend Reservoir to US 96 within sight of the easternmost point of Sam Rayburn Reservoir . The trail is the result of efforts between the Golden Triangle Group of the Sierra Club and the USDA Forest Service in Texas . Hikers can see different plant communities, interesting topography, wildlife, beautiful scenery, and various forest management activities. A portion of the trail is adjacent to Toledo Bend Reservoir, and many portions lie along streams or special wildlife areas. The trail crosses roads at a number of locations, so it's easy to plan shorter hikes of varying lengths. The trail is designated for hiking only; horses, off-road vehicles, and mountain bikes are not allowed. There are many opportunities to camp in primitive or natural settings along the route. Camping is not allowed in the Moore Plantation Wildlife Management Area during deer hunting season or in colonies of red-cockaded woodpeckers, which are an endangered species. Woodpecker colony boundaries are marked with aqua-green paint and boundary signs.

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Willow Oak Campground

City: Hemphill, Texas

Location: From Hemphill follow Highway 87 south for 11 miles to entrance.

Description: This area has 10 tent camping sites located on the shoreline of Toledo Bend Reservoir. Each site has a tent platform, table, cooking grill and lantern post. Water hydrants, garbage cans, and portable toilet facilities are located near the camping sites. Operated by the Sabine River Authority of Texas. Owned by USFS Sabine National Forest.

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Wildlife Management Areas

  

Blue Elbow Swamp WMA

City: Orange, Texas

Location: Located at SH 87 and IH-10 on the Sabine River

Description: 3,343 acres of wetland area open to the public in August 1996. TPWD plans to offer passport canoe tours, fishing, and hunting with TPWD permits.

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Moore Plantation WMA

City: Hemphill, Texas

Location: From Jasper take U.S. 96 north 27 miles to Pineland. Take FM 1 then FM 2426 east 3 miles. An information station is located on the north side of the highway

Description: The creation of this 27,547-acre WMA was a joint venture between the US Forest Service , TPWD , and Temple-Eastex, Inc. The WMA is part of the Public Hunting Area System (PHA) developed by TPWD. A broad group of wildlife species benefit from the area, such as squirrel, deer, eastern wild turkey, quail and many non-game species.

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North Toledo Bend WMA

City: Center, Texas

Location: 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.

Description: 3,600-acre area located on Toledo Bend Reservoir in northern Shelby County, the WMA has been preserved by the Sabine River Authority of Texas through a cooperative agreement with the TPWD and Ducks Unlimited for the purpose of creating and restoring waterfowl breeding and wintering habitat. The project includes the impoundment of a 500-acre area on lands owned and made available by the Sabine River Authority of Texas. The dam is 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.

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Old Sabine Bottom WMA

City: Tyler, Texas

Location: From Lindale take State Highway 2710 5 miles northeast to County Road 4106. Take CR 4106 north 0.5 miles to the WMA entrance.

Description: 5,158-acres of hardwood bottomland along the Sabine River in Smith County are being preserved as a natural wildlife habitat. A high diversity of vegetation is found in bottomland forests. These include such species as overcup oak, water hickory, water elm, black willow, and swamp privet in the lowest areas. At mid-level areas, the close observer can identify willow oak, water oak, sweetgum and palmetto. On the higher ridges, sugerberry, sweet pecan and switch cane can be found. Habitat is well-suited for the squirrels, wood ducks, mallards, wild turkeys, and white tail deer that occupy the area. TPWD currently allows fishing along the Sabine River and its tributaries, as well as limited hunting for waterfowl, squirrel and archery for hogs and deer. Future plans include non-consumptive public uses such as trail hiking, bird watching and wildlife observation.

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Tawakoni WMA

City: Wills Point, Texas

Location: Pawnee Inlet Unit - From Lone Oak travel west on FM 1571 approximately 2 miles. Caddo Creek Unit - From Quinlan travel north on State Highway 34 approximately 1.5 miles. Duck Cove Unit - From Quinlan travel east on FM 35 1 mile to FM 751. On FM 751 travel south approximately 7 miles. Turn west on CR 3827 for 1 mile.

Description: Three units totalling 2,335 acres of land, of which 1,561 acres is owned by Sabine River Authority of Texas and provided to the TPWD for their Public Hunting Program. This WMA area provides habitat for duck, whitetail deer, feral hog, dove, waterfowl, non-game birds, other migratory birds, rabbit, quail, squirrel and fish. Primitive camping in designated areas.

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Upper Toledo Bend WMA

City: Carthage, Texas

Location: Southeast of Carthage

Description: The Sabine River Authority of Texas through an agreement with the TPWD has placed over 7,000 acres of land in the Public Hunting Program. Located at the extreme north end of the Toledo Bend Reservoir, this area borders the east and west banks of the Sabine River and is bottomland covered with dense hardwood. The area is one of the best Public Hunting Program areas in the state because of its abundance of whitetail deer, squirrel, waterfowl, turkey and wild hogs. Fishing is also a plus for the area, and it offers year round recreation.

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Canoeing

  

US 271 to SH 43

(Gregg-Rusk-Harrison-Panola Counties) (58 miles)
The Sabine River at US 271 is large enough to provide generally adequate flow for a good float trip at any time. The road crossings in this section of the river allow paddlers to divide trips into lengths which suit their specific time frames and abilities.

The Sabine in this area is very scenic as it flows between hardwood bottomlands and pine-shrouded banks. In the vicinity of SH 42, many old oil derricks and pipelines, relics of a bygone era create an interesting landscape for this trip. Also, two low-flow concrete weirs, (one upstream and one downstream from the SH 31 crossing) will necessitate caution during higher flows and portaging during low flows. The last section below SH 149 to SH 43 covers the most remote and inaccessible area in this reach. The distance between these bridge crossings is 23 river miles including several long, deep pools that can extend paddling times. Canoeists should plan for additional time for this section. Lignite seams eroded by the river provide riffle areas during lower flows upstream from SH 43.

Put In: Access is available at a boat ramp on the northeast side of the US 271 bridge crossing. Other put-in and take-out locations in this section include SH 42, SH 31, FM 2087, and SH 149.
Take-Out: Take-out for this section is the SH 43 crossing. Access here is poor especially during wet weather.
  

SH 43 to FM 2517

(Harrison-Panola Counties) (41 miles)
Scenic, with little development along its banks, this 41-mile stretch of the Sabine River is located in Harrison and Panola Counties. Vegetation varies widely, ranging from giant cypress to pine and various hardwoods. The Sabine is fed by several creeks and bayous along this section. An abundance of wildlife exists along this southern flood plain forest.

The water flow along this section is sufficient to support recreational usage at any time of the year.

One area of interest exists a mile or so below SH 43, where lignite coal seams have been eroded away by the river's current resulting in riffle areas at low flow stages. In addition, a small 2-3 foot waterfall over a similar lignite seam is located downstream from US 79. An occasional log jam is also found. There are some beautiful sand bars along this stretch for camping and day use, and it isn't likely to be too crowded to offer plenty of seclusion.

Put In: Launch at the SH 43 crossing between IH-20 and Carthage, Texas.
Take-Out: Take-out at the FM 2517 crossing near Carthage. A boat ramp is available. Alternate take-outs: US 59 crossing; FM 1794 crossing; and US 79 crossing. FM 2517 is the last road crossing above Toledo Bend Reservoir except for the one at Logansport which is in the upper headwaters of Toledo Bend.
  

Toledo Bend to US 190

(Newton County) (54 miles)
This 54-mile section of the Sabine River forms the boundary line between Texas and Louisiana. Here, the river is approximately 75-100 feet wide and slow-moving. Adequate water levels for recreational use exists even during times when the hydropower plant is not releasing. In addition, the quality of water below Toledo Bend Dam is excellent.

This section of the Sabine River is very scenic and serves as habitat for a wide variety of wildlife species. Hazards on the river are limited to a few downed trees and stumps. One small riffle area is located about 3 miles below the dam. Many fine large white sand bars are present and are often utilized as camping and day-use areas. The river is very isolated since there is only one road crossing along this stretch. This section of the Sabine River is one of the more scenic, high quality and remote waterways in the State.

Put In: Launch at the man-made channel below the Toledo Bend Reservoir dam. The bank is steep, but will prove no great problem, except during wet weather. Launching can also be made in the channel below the spillway. An alternate put-in is the SH 63 crossing east of Burkeville.
Take-Out: The first take-out is at the SH 63 crossing. The bank is steep and sandy, but adequate. Use caution: it is almost 40 miles to the next take-out at the US 190 crossing, between Bon Wier, Texas and Merryville, Louisiana. An alternate take-out can be made via a dirt road access at the mouth of Bayou Anacoco on the Louisiana side.
  

US 190 to SH 12

(Newton County) (56 miles)
This 56-mile section of the Sabine River is very similar to the section immediately above it until you reach the Big Cow Creek confluence about 21 miles downstream. The river forms the boundary between Texas and Louisiana and is wide, very scenic, and isolated since there are no roads crossing the entire 60-mile stretch. The Sabine below Big Cow Creek begins to take on a swamp-like appearance with many huge cypress trees covered with Spanish moss as common elements of the riverscape. This area is known locally as the Black Cypress Swamp and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife.

The Sabine River has an adequate flow of water to permit recreational usage throughout the year. The numerous sand bars found in the upper section of this reach decrease in number in the lower section above SH 12 as the river's characteristics change. The sand bars offer opportunities for camping and day use. The scenic beauty and extreme isolation of this section of the Sabine creates a very desirable recreational waterway with many creeks and bayous as well as oxbow lakes adding to the attraction.

Put In: Launch at the concrete launching ramp at the US 190 crossing on the Texas side.
Take-Out: Although there is a dirt road which provides access at Big Cow Creek and the river, the only paved highway access for take-out is at the boat ramp at SH 12.
  

SH 12 to Gulf of Mexico

(Orange County) (37 miles)
This 37-mile section of the Sabine River in Newton and Orange Counties from SH 12 to the mouth of the river where it enters Sabine Lake is feasible for recreational use at all times. In the vicinity of IH-10 crossing, the river is approximately 300 feet wide. Below IH-10, the river is deep enough to allow passage of ocean-going vessels. The scenic qualities are excellent from SH 12 to IH-10. Below SH 12, the river divides into the main river, and Old River. Canoeists should follow the main river into Indian Bayou and back into the main river channel at Swift Lake. Big Island, a Louisiana wildlife management area, and Turner Island, on the Louisiana side, and the Blue Elbow Swamp WMA on the Texas side provide outstanding opportunities for further exploration in this section.

Put In: Launch at the boat ramp at SH 12.
Take-Out: Access is available for take-out at a private ramp at West Bluff road. Take-out at the public boat ramp at IH-10 on the Texas side at river mile 11. This is the last point for take-out. The river downstream is used by large boats, ships, and barges. Canoeing in this area should be done with caution and limited to the numerous bayous and marsh channels along the lower river shoreline.
    

Rentals

Lower Sabine River
Eastex Canoe Rentals
rents canoes without guides for use on the lower Sabine River. Rates range from $10-$20 per person, and shuttle service between Beaumont and Toledo Bend Dam ranges from $25-$100. Write to: 3710 Acorn Circuit, Beaumont, TX 77703; (409) 892-3600 or (800) 814-7390.
Sabine Canoes, Inc.
rents canoes without guides for use on the lower Sabine River. The $23-per-canoe rate includes shuttle service for a half-day trip that begins approximately 11 river miles upstream from a takeout at the US 190 bridge at Bon Wier. Departures leave from the junction of US 190 in Texas and SH 111 in Louisiana. Write to owner Susan Hill, 1278 Don Plush Road, Merryville, LA 70653; (318) 462-1924.
Tack-A-Paw Expedition's Leave Site
outpost is located on Toro Bayou, 22 miles from Leesville, Louisiana and two miles from Toledo Bend Dam. They offer a variety of float trips and service over 90 miles of rivers and streams as well as the southern end of Toledo Bend Reservoir. Write to Box 1565, Leesville, LA 71496-1565; (337)-286-9337.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Leave Site
often sponsors a biologist-led canoe trip of Blue Elbow Swamp (Orange) for those with their own canoes. The $25 annual Texas Conservation Passport and strong paddling muscles are required. For information and dates of the next trip, write to: 10 Parks and Wildlife Drive, Port Arthur, TX 7740, (409) 736-2551.
Village Creek Canoe Rentals
rents canoes without guides or shuttles for use on the Sabine River (two hour drive to the Sabine River). Rates per canoe $20 per day, $10 for additional day; for four or more canoes the rate is $16 per day, with $10 for additional days. Write to P.O. Box 1921, Kountze, TX 77625; (409) 246-4481.
Upper Sabine River
East Texas Sonar
rents canoes without guides for use on the upper Sabine River. Rates per canoe are $25.00 for 1st day, $15.00 for 2nd day, and $5.00 for 3rd day and each day thereafter. Write to 3200 North Eastman Road, Longview, TX 75605 or call (903) 633-4648.

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