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Lake Sam Rayburn, East Texas

Updated on June 19, 2013
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Lake Sam Rayburn is located in East Texas, in the heart of the East Texas Piney Woods, and is fed mainly by the Angelina River. With 142,700 surface acres, it is the largest lake fully enclosed inside the state of Texas. There are places to fish, swim and camp. Sam Rayburn is the result of the Army Corps of Engineers constructing a dam on the Angelina River, beginning in 1956.

There is also plenty of open, stump-free area for water skiing and boating. In the forests lining the lake, you will find trails for hiking and bird watching. Lake Sam Rayburn is home to many fishing tournament each year, including the McDonald’s Big Bass Splash, which offers many coveted prizes.

I write often about The Lake Near Home. I took some photos that I wanted to share, along with a facts about the lake. This is also the lake I reference in Camping: Part 2 of the Lake Near Home. I hope you enjoy my photos.

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Lake Sam Rayburn Dam on the Angelina River
Lake Sam Rayburn Dam on the Angelina River | Source
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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      we lived in Houston for several years and went to East Texas a lot. Sometimes I miss the state a lot.. Great hub ...

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      Linda 4 years ago from Texas

      Thanks Carol!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thanks for sharing this informative hub. Lake Sam Rayburn sounds lovely and is located in a beautiful place. Great video and pics.

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      Linda 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you for stopping by Gypsy Rose Lee!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      How lovely that you live not too far from the lake. I can imagine that you love going for walks along the forest tracks.

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      Linda 4 years ago from Texas

      If I can see the lake, I'm happy... whatever I'm doing!!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      It is always a blessing to live so close to a lake. Looks like you could really have a great vacation at this one.

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      Linda 4 years ago from Texas

      Yes, I've been camping here many times! I love this place. I love the peacefulness. I dream of having a houseboat to live on the lake... and I can't swim a lick!!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      This is a breathtaking pleasant break from the hustle and bustle of daily life. How beautiful and picturesque your photos are.

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      Linda 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you shiningirisheyes... I'm glad you enjoyed them! Thanks for stopping by!!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Lake Sam Rayburn is a beautiful lake. Hint...If you wish to add more information to this hub you might mention who Sam Rayburn was in Texas history...especially since you are an admitted history buff. Other people will be interested as well I am sure. Up and interesting votes. Really liked the photos and video.

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      Linda 4 years ago from Texas

      That's a good idea Peggy... I think I'll do that! Thank you for the idea and the wonderful comment.

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