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New Texas Paddling Trail Set for Launch on Patroon Bayou

MILAM, Texas – Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) broadcasts the opening of a brand new paddling path at Toledo Bend Reservoir on Patroon Bayou. This path, the 79th official in Texas, is now open and prepared for canoeing or kayaking adventures.

“The Toledo Bend-Patroon Bayou Paddling Trail lets you explore a quieter part of the Toledo Bend Reservoir,” mentioned Shelly Plante, Nature Tourism Manager at TPWD. “By paddling through this side arm of the lake, paddlers will experience great birdwatching and fishing while enjoying views of the surrounding national forest lands. It’s quite an experience!”

Paddlers can entry this loop path at Holly Park Marina, so no shuttle is required. The path size ranges from two to eight miles relying on the chosen route, and takes as much as six hours to finish, relying on components together with the route taken, water degree, wind velocity and time spent on different actions like fishing. It’s additionally vital to notice that paddlers crossing the open water portion of the path could possibly be uncovered to excessive winds and waves. Therefore, paddlers have to make sure to paddle at their talent degree.


The path presents an open-water paddling expertise on Patroon Bay earlier than transferring to Patroon Bayou on the alternative facet of the bay. Birders will see wooden geese, egrets, herons, bunting and storks within the summertime whereas a winter journey allows paddlers to view sparrows, pintails and teals, offering nice birdwatching alternatives all year lengthy. Paddlers also can anticipate to see different forest wildlife on the journey into the bayou.

If fishing is the target, ample alternatives abound to reel in a giant catch. Largemouth bass are the preferred recreation fish at Toledo Bend and the usage of small lures resembling jigs, plastic worms, and spinner baits are typically really helpful for touchdown one. In addition, loads of bluegill and sunfish are current and supply glorious fishing, particularly for youth or new anglers. White bass, crappie and catfish will also be caught.

The Texas Paddling Trails program helps promote habitat conservation by way of sustainable financial improvement, whereas offering extra leisure alternatives to the general public. To be taught extra, go to the Texas Paddling Trails web site.


The Toledo Bend – Patroon Bayou Paddling Trail is a cooperative effort between the TPWD, Sabine County and Holly Park Marina.

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