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Luxury Waterfront Lodge with Home Theatre and Boat Rentals!

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths2
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms (Sleeps 10-12) 2.5 Baths, Home Theatre, Fishing Pier

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, serving trays, restaurant style Belgian waffle maker, and more. High chair available upon request.

* Luxurious Bathrooms

* Brand New Fishing Pier

*One bedroom for availability

On Site Activities and Equipment: * Brand New Fishing Pier

* Fish and Game Cleaning Station

* Swimming in Natural Cove

* 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:
March 23, 2017

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 Toledo Bend

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:
  • Max. occupancy 12
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Events Allowed ...
  • children welcome ...
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 ...
  • 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
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Half Bathroom -
    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
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • 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 * food processor * hand mixer * restaurant style Belgian waffle maker * charcoal and lighter fluid for BarBQue pit

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(56 traveler reviews)

Luxury Waterfront Lodge with Home Theatre and Boat Rentals!
average rating of 4.910714 based on 81 reviews

Excellent Reunion

  • 5 of 5

I booked the Cliffside Lodge for a reunion with my high school and college buddies for the first weekend in October, 2016. Wow - what a great set up. The inside of the lodge is just incredible, probably nicer than most of our own homes. It had great cooking facilities and a big table that accommodated us for all we did (mostly card playing). The media room was a big hit, and we got a kick of watching college football on the screen. Several were considering which room at home they could outfit similarly. The TV package included everything we wanted, and the furnished WIFI was a great perk too. The trip down to the water is a bit a hike, and we did not bring any bait with which to fish. The outdoor seating - both porch and gazebo - were excellent (though bring some mosquito repellent). The sleeping arrangements were convenient to seven single guys, as were the bathrooms (nice tub, though we never used it). The view of the lake was incredible, and the provided directions to the property were spot on. All in all, we loved it. The other guys in my party were VERY impressed. I was a hero for booking it. Though I did not meet Tracy, Missy was very easy to work with and they gave easy to follow directions on how to leave the lodge. Again, while we did not use them, my wife would have loved the washer and dryer if we have been here with the family. This is an excellent spot for a small family reunion. I would re-book this in a heartbeat!

Pack well, as the nearest grocery store is a ways off! Very nice and peaceful, but not too isolated.

James T. - Marshall, TX

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing waterfront weekend Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our group was truly blown away by the beauty of the cabin and the amenities.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Beautiful, Comfortable, and Fun!

  • 5 of 5

This place is awesome! The natural landscape is beautiful, the grounds are well maintained (and offer a ton of activities like volleyball, soccer, golf, fishing, archery, and more), and best of all was the cabin. It was obvious that a lot of time and detail went into making the cabin as beautiful and comfortable as it is. I wish I could live there! The owners are incredibly friendly and accommodating as well. I can't recommend this place enough--I know I'll be back.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Perfect For Large Family

  • 4 of 5

The waterfront lodge and lake house was the perfect choice to accommodate our family of 19 (5 of our children, their spouses and 9 grandchildren). Everyone enjoyed the home theater and playing pool at the lodge. The lodge and lake house had all the amenities we needed and then some. We enjoyed gathering at both houses to cook and visit. It was so convenient to be able to rent the pontoon boat for a couple of days during our stay.

Tracy and Missy were so easy to work with and were available if we needed them.

Hugh and Donnell Louviere

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful Lakehouse!

  • 5 of 5

Our family really enjoyed this beautiful lodge! The owners were genuine and very accommodating. We rented the pontoon, which was nice also. The lodge is very spacious. The kids had a great time after fishing, playing on the pool table and enjoying the movie theater! Thanks so much for everything!! We will be back!!

The Ficarra Family

The Kagel Family

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Phenomenal! Had an incredible time in a beautiful lodge!

  • 5 of 5

The lodge was nicer than expected, quick drive to the boat landing. View was beautiful over Toledo Bend, and overall had a fantastic time in a great place!

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Natchitoches Parish Visitors Center
Hodges Gardens
Hampton Inn & Suites Nacogdoches
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

Milam Lodge Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

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.
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