Sam Rayburn Reservoir is located north of Jasper, Texas in the heart of the East Texas Pineywoods. The lake is designed to provide flood control to the Angelina & Neches River basins, supply water to the Beaumont and Lufkin as well as offer some of the best fishing, camping and boating in Texas.
At 114,400 acres Sam Rayburn lake is the largest man made lake in the state of Texas. The lake has a maximum depth of 80 feet and an annual fluxuation of about 10 feet. With nearly 750 miles of shoreline you will find many areas around Sam Rayburn Lake to have a picnic, launch your boat, do some fishing and enjoy the lake. Other things to do in the area other than boating, waterskiing, wakeboarding, swimming, fishing, and camping, are birdwatching, nature hiking, historic tours of the local towns, and scenic drives around the lake. You can find all types of lodging in the area including: cabin rentals, lake house rentals, condo rentals, bed and breakfast inns, motels and RV parks.
The most popular game fish at Sam Rayburn Reservoir is the largemouth bass, hosting numerous tournaments each year. Excellent year-round crappie and catfish fisheries are also present. White bass numbers are limited, but provide good fishing opportunities during the spring. The hybrid striped bass population is maintained by TPWD through annual stockings and is popular due to this fish’s growth potential, schooling nature, and fighting characteristics. Bluegill and redear sunfish are present in high numbers and provide good fishing, especially for youth or inexperienced anglers.