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Lake-Sam-Rayburn is a large reservoir located in southeast Texas, about 70 miles north of the city of Beaumont. It was formerly known as McGee Bend Dam and Reservoir. It's the largest lake in Texas that is located wholly within the state. Lake Sam Rayburn is fed by the Angelina River, which is the major tributary of the Neches River. Lake Sam Rayburn is 114,400 acres, has a maximum depth of 80 feet and almost 750 miles of shoreline. The main purpose of the lake is for flood control and hydroelectric power, but it's also a popular recreational lake. Situated within the East Texas Piney Woods, Lake Sam Rayburn offers some of the best fishing found in Texas. The most popular fish in lake is the largemouth bass, and more than 300 tournaments are held here each year. Excellent year-round crappie and catfish are also present, and bluegill and redear sunfish are also present in high numbers. White bass numbers are limited, but provide good fishing opportunities during the spring. Other things to do at the lake include boating, picnicking, swimming, water-skiing, wakeboarding, birding, hiking and camping. All different types of lodging around the lake is available, including cabins, motels, RV parks, bed and breakfast inns and lake vacation home rentals. You can also take a scenic drive around the lake and visit any number of historic towns around the area.

Surrounding areas: Zavalla, Texas (12.3 mi), Toledo Bend Lake, Texas (36.2 mi), Toledo Bend, Texas (38.8 mi)

Lake Sam Rayburn Vacation Rentals

Lake Sam Rayburn Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Super 8 Motel2100 N WheelerJasper, TX19.8 mi.(409) 384-8600
Econo Lodge612 W Gibson StJasper, TX21.0 mi.(409) 384-2511
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites501 W Gibson StJasper, TX21.0 mi.(409) 384-8400
Best Western Inn Of Jasper205 W GibsonJasper, TX21.2 mi.(409) 384-7767
Ramada Inn Jasper239 E GibsonJasper, TX21.3 mi.(409) 384-9021

Lake Sam Rayburn Weather & Climate

Southeastern Texas climate is classified as humid subtropical. Summer are very hot. An average of 99 days per year reach above 90 degrees F. High humidity causes the heat index to rise even higher. Winds are often light in the summer and offer little relief from the heat. This region is often called "the most air-conditioned place on earth." Spring super cell thunderstorms sometimes bring tornadoes to the area, although it's not officially part of "Tornado Alley." Winters in southeastern Texas are mild. Snowfall is rare. The average high in January, which is the coldest month, is 63 degrees F. Average annual rainfall in this area is 50 inches. Storms dump large amounts of rain causing flash floods. Prevailing winds are from the south and southeast during most of the year, bringing heat from the deserts.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 57°F 35°F 5.94 in. -
February 62°F 38°F 4.55 in. -
March 70°F 46°F 5.29 in. -
April 76°F 52°F 4.51 in. -
May 84°F 61°F 5.53 in. -
June 91°F 67°F 5.81 in. -
July 94°F 70°F 4.24 in. -
August 94°F 69°F 3.92 in. -
September 89°F 64°F 3.97 in. -
October 79°F 53°F 4.84 in. -
November 68°F 45°F 5.88 in. -
December 60°F 37°F 6.09 in. -

Lake Sam Rayburn Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are Jasper County Bell Field (JAS) located about 21 miles south of Lake Sam Rayburn in Jasper, Texas, the Angelina County airport (LFK) located approximately 31 miles west of Lake Sam Rayburn in Lufkin, Texas, the A L Mangham Jr Regional airport (OCH) located roughly 41 miles northwest of Lake Sam Rayburn in Nacogdoches, Texas, the Center Municipal airport (F17) located around 47 miles north of Lake Sam Rayburn in Center, Texas, the Beauregard Regional airport (DRI) located about 56 miles southeast of Lake Sam Rayburn in De Ridder, Louisiana, the De Quincy Industrial Airpark airport (5R8) located approximately 66 miles southeast of Lake Sam Rayburn in De Quincy, Louisiana, and finally the C E Rusty Williams airport (3F3) located roughly 68 miles northeast of Lake Sam Rayburn in Mansfield, Louisiana.

Lake Sam Rayburn Attractions

Water Parks
Water TownShreveportLA98.7 mi.
SplashTown WaterparkSpringTX102.9 mi.
Golf Courses
Comanche Creek Golf CourseMasonTX27.7 mi.
Dogwood Hills Country ClubWoodvilleTX28.8 mi.
Zoos and Aquariums
Ellen Trout ZooLufkinTX32.8 mi.
Caldwell ZooTylerTX104.4 mi.
Alexandria Zoological ParkAlexandriaLA105.3 mi.
Houston Zoological GardensHoustonTX117.8 mi.

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