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Sam Rayburn Reservoir
Location Angelina / San Augustine / Jasper / Sabine counties, Southeast Texas
Coordinates 31°03′40″N 94°06′22″W / 31.06111°N 94.10611°W / 31.06111; -94.10611Coordinates: 31°03′40″N 94°06′22″W / 31.06111°N 94.10611°W / 31.06111; -94.10611
Lake type reservoir
Primary inflows Angelina River
Primary outflows Angelina River
Catchment area 3,449 sq mi (8,930 km2)
Basin countries United States
Surface area 114,500 acres (463 km2)
Water volume 3,997,600 acre·ft (4.9310 km3)
Surface elevation 164 ft (50 m)

Sam Rayburn Reservoir is a reservoir in the United States located in Southeast Texas, 70 miles (130 km) north of Beaumont. The reservoir is fed by the Angelina River, the major tributary of the Neches River. The capacity of the reservoir is 3,997,600 acre-feet (4.9310 km³), and is the largest lake wholly located within the state of Texas. The reservoir is operated by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth district.



Construction began September 7, 1956 and the reservoir began serving its purpose on March 29, 1965. The main purposes of the reservoir are flood control, hydroelectric power generation and conservation of water. Total construction costs, including those for recreation facilities, were estimated at approximately $66 million.


It was formerly known as McGee Bend Dam and Reservoir until 1963. In September of that year, the 88th Congress adopted a special resolution changing the name to "Sam Rayburn Dam and Reservoir," in honor of the recently deceased Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn, a long-time champion of soil and water conservation. Dedication ceremonies were held on May 8, 1965.

The lake is a popular recreation destination, both for boating and fishing, with game fish species in the lake including largemouth bass, bluegill, and channel catfish. Due to the abundance of Bass it is home to more than 300 tournaments annually which include tournaments such as ESPN/BASS Masters, BASS Champs, Wal Mart BFL, FLW Outdoors, Angler's Quest, Bass-n-Bucks, and McDonald's Big Bass Splash.[1]



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Up to date as of January 14, 2010
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Jasper is a city in Texas.

  • US 96 south from San Augustine or north from Kirbyville and Beaumont
  • US 190, about 100 miles east of Huntsville
  • Beaty-Orton House 200 S. Main, (near Sandy Creek Park) +1-409-383-6138. Historic two-story home. M-F 8AM-5PM. Donation requested.
  • Sam Rayburn Powerhouse (just off Recreation Road 255). +1-409-384-5716. This sixteen story hydroelectric power plant has won awards for design.
  • Sam Rayburn Reservoir Fishing, boating.
  • Sandy Creek Park and Trail (between S, Main and Marvin Hancock Dr.) Open dawn to dusk. One mile loop walking/running trail, playground and covered picnic areas.
  • Crafts & Things, 409 384 6383. Locally made craft items.
  • Junktique, 409 384 4166. Antiques.
  • Milam Street Gallery, 409 384 4465. Antiques and collectibles.
  • Hamburger Depot, 283 S Wheeler St, 409 384 5824. Local favorite for hamburgers and all the fixin's.
  • Texas Star Café, 205 N Wheeler St, 409 837 4444. Cheap but tasty downhome cooking.
  • Holiday Inn Express, 239 East Gibson, 409 384 9021, [1]. Clean rooms with interior access, mini-fridge, microwave, and free internet access.
  • Ramada Inn, 239 East Gibson, 409 384 9021, [2]. Clean rooms. Laundry service and restaurant/bar on the premises. Pets OK.
  • Super 8, 2100 North Wheeler, 409 384 8600, [3]. Clean and relatively new. Squeamish drivers may want to pass on this one, as its parking lot exits at a rather dangerous busy intersection.
  • Swann Hotel Bed and Breakfast, 250 N Main St, 409 489 9010. Restored wooden Victorian inn built in 1901.
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