Retire in Toledo Bend and Sabine Parish
Sabine Parish is a popular retiree location due to its tranquil surroundings, but close proximity to modern amenities and healthcare resources, as well as favorable tax rates.
Sabine Parish offers many competitive advantages to businesses and residents looking to relocate here. Being connected by rail, air, three nearby ports and access to Interstate 49, it’s easy to travel here. The parish also affords its residents a high quality of life with good schools and low crime rates. Come for a visit and then decide to make this your full-time residence!
About Sabine Parish and Toledo Bend
Sabine Parish lies in the valley of its namesake, the Sabine River, and is home to Toledo Bend Lake. Given the title of the No. 1 best bass fishing lake in the nation by Bassmaster Magazine for two consecutive years, 2015-2017, Toledo Bend Lake is 65 miles long and covers an area of 186,000 acres with 1,200 miles of shoreline making it the largest man-made body of water in the southern U.S.
The current bass lake record for Toledo Bend is 15.33 pounds and has had 139 lunkers (over 10 lbs.) caught in a single year. In fact, to promote and enhance the fantastic fishing that you’ll find on “The Bend”, the Toledo Bend Lake Association offers its lunker bass program designed to capture your moment and return trophy fish back to the wild. Anglers will also find other species such as crappie, bream, white bass, striped bass and catfish in abundance. With great fishing and well-designed facilities, Toledo Bend attracts large fishing tournaments annually and is a proud host of the Bassmaster Elite Series Tournaments.
Sabine Parish is known as the Land of Green Gold, since timber and forestry is the area’s most prominent industry for more than a century. The Zwolle Loggers and Forestry Festival celebrates our logging history. Sabine Parish covers 866 sq. miles with an estimated 2017 population of 23,977 residents.
Activities & Things to Do
Sabine Parish may be small in population, but this area offers plenty of diverse social activities and fun for visitors and newcomers alike such as clubs, groups, community centers, antique shopping outlets and lots of parks. In Many, the Sabine Theater (a fully restored oldie but goodie “movie house” from the 1940s) plays host to free movies, music shows, and community theater plays produced by the Sabine Parish Players group. The Sabine Council on Aging is a local agency which offers a variety of activities for retirees, including line dancing, bridge, and yoga. The Depot Art Guild is an artists’ group that also offers painting, jewelry and crafts classes. The artists’ gallery is located in the historic KCS train depot in the Many Cultural District.
Endless outdoor recreation activities are available. Golf at an Audubon Trail Golf Course with spectacular views at Cypress Bend Golf Resort & Conference Center. Go canoeing in the quiet protected coves of Toro Creek below the dam. Enjoy great sandy beaches at Cypress Bend Park, Pleasure Point Park, and South Toledo Bend State Park for those loving sun and sand castles. Hiking trails at North Toledo Bend State Park and birding opportunities along the Toledo Bend Forest Scenic Byway are available for the adventurous.
This area near the present-day Louisiana-Texas border was once known as "No Man's Land" filled with outlaws, pirates and rebels. Our communities have tamed since then, but we celebrate the many cultures that influenced our heritage and the many travelers who settled here after traveling one of the most ancient roads in America, the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail. You can take a step back in time at The Ole Mill Store in the historic sawmill town of Fisher. We also have many fun festivals and events that highlight our cultural bounty like the Zwolle Tamale Fiesta, the Choctaw-Apache Powwow and the Sabine Free State Festival.
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