Sabine River - Toledo Bend Dam (PnP)

Sabine River, Louisiana, US/Texas, US


Toledo Bend Dam (PnP)

Usual Difficulty III (for normal flows)
Length 1 Miles


Photo by Roman Ryder taken 09/10/11

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Sabine Rv at Toledo Bd Res nr Burkeville, TX
usgs-08025360 6000 - 9000 cfs III 00h16m 1830 cfs (too low)

River Description

The rapids are only present during one generator operation. If they generate 24/7 the rapids will wash out, so it's best to go soon after start up.

There is a steep trail down on either side of the rapid. The river right trail goes to a large recirculating eddy, with some good wave trains. The river left trail goes down to a rock outcrop with a small eddy.

If you continue downstream, beware of a river wide hydraulic at the confluence with the Sabine River. This hydraulic is locally known as the Ghost Wave and it is said to be extremely retentive.

To check the generation schedule, visit the Sabine River Authority. Please comment if you experience any access problems.

This reach is near the Toledo Bend Spillway in Louisiana.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2016-07-02 17:38:54


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.1Roman's RiffleIIIPlayspot Photo
1.0The Ghost WaveIIIPlayspot

Rapid Descriptions

Roman's Riffle (Class III, Mile 0.1)


Photo by Roman Ryder taken 09/10/11

There is a large standing wave on river left with eddy access and random breaking waves on river right. There's a huge eddy on river right, that you can catch at the bottom of the rapids and paddle back up for another run.

The Ghost Wave (Class III, Mile 1.0)

This river wide standing wave appears where the generator canal meets the Sabine River. During two generator operation, it will appear for the first two hours of operation and reappear for two hours after the generators are shutdown.

User Comments

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October 27 2010 (3005 days ago)
So . . . the implication would seem to be that Sabine River - Toledo Bend Dam (reach #10355) is
(indeed) different from Sabine River - Toledo Bend Spillway (reach #10178). I see they have
different class (difficulty ratings) and different flow requirements (though pegged off of the same
gauge). The latter (10178) has three photos, two listed rapids, and has the put-in and take-out
coordinates filled in. Unfortunately, the former (#10355) has none of the above. Could you specify
the put-in/take-out for this one, so boaters can see how it is different from the other, and know
where to look for it when flows make it playable? (Not to mention posting any photos or more
details about it.)
October 26 2010 (3006 days ago)
Roman RyderDetails's on the Texas side. I moved it and linked the dam and spillway.
October 26 2010 (3006 days ago)
Matt MuirDetails
Is this in Louisiana or Texas? shows the Toledo Bend Dam as being
across the border in Texas.