Wildwood Resort on Toledo Bend Lake in Zwolle Louisiana
Wildwood Resort on Toledo Bend Lake in Zwolle Louisiana

History-Toledo Bend Lake

Toledo Bend is the largest man-made body of water in the South, and the fifth largest in surface acres in the United States. From the dam site, the reservoir extends 65 miles upriver to Logansport, Louisiana, and inundates land in Sabine, Shelby, Panola, and Newton Counties in Texas, and Sabine and DeSoto Parishes in Louisiana. It was constructed for the purposes of water supply, hydroelectric power generation, and recreation. In all, the lake normally covers an area of 185,000 acres.

Toledo Bend Reservoir

Begun in the late 1940's by the people of the Sabine River area, both in Texas and Louisiana after rapid industrial development and changes in the economy showcased a need to provide for the future of the area. Completed with financing by Louisiana and Texas of $30 million in hydroelectric revenue bonds, the project was completed in 1969 for a total of about $70 million, including the land, dam, spillway, powerhouse, new roads and bridges, and clearing of boat lanes and shorelines. The sale of electricity is the only source of income used to repay the revenue bonds and is one of the main sources for the Authority's operation and maintenance. Toledo Bend Reservoir is the only public water conservation and hydroelectric project in the nation to be undertaken without federal participation in its permanent financing. 

And, aside from supplying electricity, the Toledo Bend Reservoir has made a marvelous habitat for bass, and Toledo Bend Lake has been named the number 1 bass fishing lake in the nation, twice by Bassmasters Magazine! 

Town of Zwolle

Zwolle's proximity to Toledo Bend Lake makes it ideal for fishing and water sports, and abundant woods make it attractive for hunting. Located on U.S. Highway 171 near the center of Sabine Parish, Zwolle (pronounced Zwa’-lee) is a small town with a heritage influenced by Native Americans, African-Americans, French and Spanish settlers. This influence is reflected in the local culture, including three annual festivals as well as the famous Zwolle Tamales (download the Zwolle Tamale Trail brochure from Toledo Bend Lake Country):

  • Choctaw-Apache Powwow - third weekend in May
  • Zwolle Loggers and Forestry Festival - second weekend in May 
  • Zwolle Tamale Fiesta - second weekend in October

Wildwood Resort

Begun in the the late 1970's on nearly 80 acres beside Toledo Bend Lake, the facility was a labor of love by Randy and Brenda Ziegler and her father, W.J. Brown. Though other properties have been built through the years, this sanctuary of Wildwood Resort has remained a private, secure resort with many amenities available only to its guests, including 6, stocked ponds, 4 swimming pools, honeymoon cabins, group-friendly lodges, and a beautiful, lighted pier on Toledo Bend.  We have maintained our commitment to provide an atmosphere of quality service and recent upgrades to the facility will ensure we continue to provide quality facilities as well. Come experience this new chapter at Wildwood, built on the excellence of the past.