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Luxury Waterfront Lodge with Home Theatre and Boat Rentals!

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms (Sleeps 10, Maximum Occupancy 12) 2.5 Baths

This is a 3000 sq. ft. custom Lake House, built in 2011 and located on world renowned Toledo Bend Reservoir.

* 4 beautiful bedrooms (2 King Beds, 1 Queen Bed, and 4 Twin Beds). Each of the 4 bedrooms has a 26 in. flatscreen TV. Pak 'n Play available upon request. We're on approx. 8 acres and feature 400+ feet of waterfront property.

* Great Room features fantastic views of the water and opens up to fabulous covered porch. Hardwood floors. 50 in. Flatscreen TV with Dish Network's America's Top 200 package which includes NFL Network, CBS Sports Network, NHL Network, NBA TV, Regional Sports and SO MUCH MORE!


* Fully equipped kitchen has stainless appliances and granite counter-tops. Kitchen features a pots and pans, dishes and silverware, blender, coffee pot, and more. High chair available upon request.

* Luxurious Bathrooms

*One bedroom for availability

On Site Activities and Equipment:

* Fish and Game Cleaning Station

* Swimming in Natural Cove

* Pickle ball

* Volleyball

* Soccer

* Horseshoes

* Badminton

* Camp fires (except during county wide burn ban)

Nearby Activities:

* Fishing

* Hunting

* Golf

* Hiking

* Antiquing

* Bird Watching

* Boat Launch within 1/2 mile

* Shopping

Located directly on the famous 'Chicken Coop': We are located on a stretch of the Sabine River bed that touches the west side of the lake and stays close to shore for nearly 2 miles. This prime fishing area is well known to locals as The Chicken Coop. This crappie hole was named such because of several large commercial chicken houses that once lined the top of the ridge near the river bank. This deep stretch of the river is has developed a reputation over the years of producing almost unbelievable numbers of crappie for approximately six to eight weeks during the winter, depending on weather conditions.

More Details

Tracy Gegenheimer
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 21, 2018

About Tracy Gegenheimer

My husband, Tracy, and I were born and raised in New Orleans, LA. I am a 37 year Human Resources professional who relocated from New Orleans, LA to Houston, in 2005 - one month before Hurricane Katrina! We purchased this waterfront acreage with the intention of building a home for our retirement years. However, I retired early in order to begin our own vacation rental business. Construction of our 4 bedroom Lodge began in 2010. Cliffside Lodge opened to the public in July, 2011 and is such a success that we to added a cozy 1 bedroom cabin and our brand new 3 bedroom Lake House. We have also added a fantastic fishing pier, fish cleaning station, and many more amenities. We have been blessed with 3 great children, 3 wonderful grandchildren, 4 terrific dogs and 3 grand dogs!

Tracy Gegenheimer purchased this lodge in 2010

Why Tracy Gegenheimer chose Milam

Originally from South Louisiana, we have always loved living close to the water. We searched for waterfront property that offered great fishing, water sports for the kids, scenic shorelines, and breathtaking views. Without a doubt, Toledo Bend was the perfect spot. We are located on a bluff, directly above the Sabine River on the 'Chicken Coop', a deepwater section of the river that is famous for great cool weather crappie fishing . Toledo Bend reservoir is ranked nationally as having some of the best year-round bass fishing in the United States. As an added bonus, the panoramic views from our covered deck allow us to see the western border of Louisiana, our home state.

What makes this lodge unique

The bluff overlooks the lake and offers privacy from boat traffic and spectacular sunsets every evening. There is a natural cove on our property which allows for access to the water and a natural shalestone beach. Our guests enjoy swimming, tubing, and jet skiing right from the cove and fishing from our pier. We offer boat rentals, a 1 hole driving range, fish cleaning station, large fishing pier, and much more! Toledo Bend Reservoir is a nationally known bass fishing lake, and numerous tournaments are held here each year. For wildlife enthusiasts, bald eagles nest nearby and provide quite a spectacle when perched in the pine trees that line the bluff. Fox, red headed woodpeckers, cardinals, black squirrels, ducks, and deer are among many species of wildlife that are very common in the area. East Texas is also part of the central flyway for multiple species of neotropical migratory birds including songbirds, hawks, and shorebirds.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"I wanted to take time to thank you for extending your cabin to us this past weekend. We loved the atmosphere and hope to go back soon. We enjoyed every single minute there, the view was breath taking and relaxing. Again, thank you"
Oct 2013
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Milam Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • All trash must be bagged and brought to the dumpster at the front of the property before checking out.
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Split-System Air Conditioning
  • Split-System Heating
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 11 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Huge Lighted Walk-in Shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , Huge Lighted Walk-in Shower and Soaking Tub
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • Master Bathroom and 1/2 bath downstairs. Luxurious Bathroom suite upstairs. Full bathrooms have starter soap and toilet tissue.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , pac 'n play available
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 4 twin/ single , 2 Day Beds w/pop up trundles
  • Master bedroom is on 1st floor. Three bedrooms upstairs. All bedrooms have brand new 26' flatscreen TVs and Dish Network America's Top 200 satellite programming.
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Game Console
  • Barbecue
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Tennis ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
We have Dish Network's America's Top 200 package! It includes channels such as NFL Network, CBS Sports Network, NHL Network, NBA TV, Regional Sports, and SO MUCH MORE! In addition to the kitchen items mentioned, we also providethe following: * crock pot * blender * hand mixer


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average rating of 4.8923078 based on 90 reviews

Wonderful place to stay with family, far exceeded expectations! Owners are very attentive to en

  • 5 of 5

Management was great and very attentive

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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This is the perfect place to get away for the weekend or anytime for that matter.

  • 5 of 5

The area is quiet with great views of the water. The house is very nicely done with a great layout. The theater room and large fire pit were a big hit. The house and grounds were exactly what we were looking for. Tracy and Missy were awesome. We will definitely rent this house again.

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very beautiful and more than I expected!!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I took our 5 children, there was so much for the kids to do that we were actually able to relax and enjoy! It's right next to the water, plenty of activities for the kids, and the cabin is drop dead gorgeous! We would absolutely recommend this place and hopefully plan another trip soon!!

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Nice cabin!!

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed our stay. Very roomy and clean!!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice!

  • 4 of 5

Inside was very nice and clean. Outside grill and porches were full of spider webs and needed sweeping. Overall it was a great relaxing place to stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Port Neches, TX

Great time

  • 5 of 5

Very accommodating for a large group.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Natchitoches Parish Visitors Center
Hodges Gardens
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Patricia Huffman Smith NASA Museum
Car: necessary

Cliffside Lodge is located at 4465 Carters Ferry Rd. E in Milam, TX. We are on the outer bank of the peninsula where the deep water of the Sabine River runs along the shoreline for several miles. We are on a stretch of the river known as the 'chicken coop', an area that often produces incredible early winter Crappie (Sacalait) fishing.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning Fee $125 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

* HOLIDAYS - Regular rate applies - 3 Night Minimum
* Maximum occupancy for the Lodge is strictly limited to 12 guests at any time. NOTE: Exceeding maximum occupancy without prior written authorization from the owner will result in loss of security deposit.
* Larger parties can book the 4 bedroom Lodge AND/or the Lake House AND/OR the 1 bedroom cabin.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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