It is widely known that Toledo Bend is a prime fishing and recreational destination, but it is a sanctuary for feathered friends, as well. Many rare, threatened and endangered species are found in Toledo Bend Lake Country, including Bald Eagle, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Waterbird Nesting Colonies and a variety of coastal shorebirds and migrating birds.

Toledo Bend offers a variety of habitats to a variety of different birds. American White Pelican, Belted Kingfisher, Common Goldeneye, Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, Ring-necked Duck, American Coot, Pied-billed Grebe, Peregrine Falcons, Ospreys, and Black Surf Scoters are just a few of the water birds that can be seen on the lake. 

Birding Trails in Sabine Parish-
The Toledo Bend Forest Scenic Byway: Toledo Bend Loop, includes:

  • San Patricio Overlook
  • Clyde's Crossing
  • San Miguel Park
  • Wildwood Resort
  • Cypress Bend Park
  • Cypress Bend Resort
  • Ft Jesup State Historic Site
  • South Toledo Bend State Park
  • North Toledo Bend State Park
  • Converse Bay Park
  • Oak Ridge Park

Sabine Wildlife Management Area has upland pine with interspersed hardwood bottoms, which offers excellent birding.

Download the Birding Guide and Checklist for South Toledo Bend State Park.