Just minutes away from Lufkin rests the largest body of water wholly within the State of Texas! Covering 114,500 acres at normal capacity, Sam Rayburn is the most popular recreation area in the Pineywoods. The reservoir was originally named McGee Bend until President Lyndon B. Johnson renamed the lake after Speaker of the House and dear friend, Sam Rayburn.
Today, Sam Rayburn Reservoir is one of the top five bass fisheries in the United States, with the record for largemouth bass at 16.5 pounds. With more boat ramps available than anywhere else in Texas, Sam Rayburn Reservoir is easily accessible. Whether you desire the perfect fishing spot, relaxing sailing or a safe place to water ski, Sam Rayburn Reservoir is the ultimate getaway.