From the Annals of Bass Fishing – In 1964, construction began to create what would become the largest reservoir in Texas. The building of the Toledo Bend Dam on the Sabine River eighty miles north of Beaumont would ultimately create the Toledo Bend Reservoir. The reservoir takes in parts of four Texas Counties (Newton, Sabine, Panola, and Shelby) and two Louisiana Parishes (Sabine and De Soto). The lake is the largest in the South, and the fifth largest by surface area in the United States The dam was built Texas and Louisiana, without any assistance from the federal government. When completed in 1969, the Toledo Bend Reservoir provides water for municipal, industrial, agricultural, and recreational purposes, as well as hydroelectric power and flood control for the lower Sabine. The lake is most famous for its bass fishing opportunities and hosts numerous tournaments.