Sam Rayburn Reservoir

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Sam Rayburn Reservoir is located approximately 15 miles north of Jasper, in Jasper County. The lake sprawls across 114,500 acres, with an average maximum depth of 80 feet. Aquatic vegetation in the lake consists primarily of hydrilla, American lotus, and pondweed. A variety of other aquatic plants are also established. Habitat in Sam Rayburn Reservoir consists of submerged aquatic vegetation, standing timber, and flooded terrestrial vegetation. Hydrilla is the predominant plant species, although many native plants such as coontail and pondweed are also present. In the lower part of the reservoir the water is relatively clear; game fish are typically found around vegetation edges, flats, humps, and creek channels. In the upper third of the reservoir, the abundance of vegetation typically declines. Timber, brush, laydowns, and creek channels provide upper-lake game fish habitat. Due to water level fluctuations, habitat conditions change seasonally and yearly. Drastic water level changes can decrease the amount of vegetation. At high water levels, inundated trees and bushes provide excellent habitat.

The most popular game fish at Sam Rayburn Reservoir is the largemouth bass; an excellent year-round fishery exists. Excellent year-round crappie and catfish fisheries are also present. White bass numbers are limited, but provide good fishing opportunities during the spring. Bluegill and redear sunfish are present in high numbers and provide good fishing, especially for youth or inexperienced anglers.

Anglers are successful at catching largemouth bass year round at Sam Rayburn Reservoir. During the fall, winter and spring months, fish are active for longer periods of the day and are typically found in shallow water. A variety of baits and techniques will work during these times, but crankbaits and spinnerbaits are usually the preferred choices. During the hot summer, the bite usually slows and fish activity is usually concentrated during early morning, late evening, and at night. Topwater baits are good choices during low light conditions. As the sun rises, most bass concentrate in or around vegetation edges and man-made brush piles, or seek refuge on deep ledges and creek channels. During this time, plastic worms, jigs, and Carolina rigs are preferred baits.

Crappie fishing is excellent year-round with jigs and minnows. During the spring spawn, anglers target shallow areas around vegetation. During other times of the year, fish are typically concentrated in deeper water around brush piles and creek channels. Statewide regulations apply to all species in the Sam Rayburn Reservoir.

Ramps and Marinas
A1: Marion’s Ferry
  • Located off FM 1669 two miles north of Texas Highway 103
  • Four-lane ramp accommodates all boat types; may not be usable at low lake levels
  • No fee required
  • Open all year
  • Operated by US Army Corps of Engineers (409) 384-5716
A2: Etoile Park
  • Located off Texas 103 two miles west of Etoile
  • Four-lane ramp will handle all boat types; may not be usable at low lake levels
  • No fee required
  • Open all year
  • Operated by US Army Corps of Engineers (409) 384-5716
A3: Ewing Park
  • Located 3 miles west of Etoile on Texas 103
  • Two-lane ramp accommodates all boat types; may not be usable at low lake levels
  • No fee required
  • Open all year
  • Operated by Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept. and private concession
B1: Shirley Creek Park
  • Located off FM 226 six miles south of Texas 103 junction
  • Two-lane ramp handles all boat types
  • No fee required
  • Open all year
  • Operated by Nacogdoches County and private concession (936) 854-2233
B2: McAllister Park
  • Located off Texas 103, 6.5 miles east of Etoile
  • Four-lane ramp handles all boat types; may not be usable at low lake levels.
  • Fee required
  • Open all year
  • Operated by US Army Corps of Engineers (409) 384-5716
B3: Townsend Park
  • Located off FM 2923, 2 miles west of junction with FM 1277
  • Four-lane ramp handles all boat types; may not be usable at low lake levels.
  • Fee required
  • Open all year
  • Operated by US Forest Service and San Augustine County (409) 275-9472
B4: Jackson Hill Park
  • Located off FM 2851, 2 miles north of Texas 147
  • Four-lane ramp accommodates all boat types.
  • Fee required
  • Open all year
  • Operated by private concession (936) 872-9266
B5: Harvey Creek Park
  • Located off FM 2390, 8 miles south of FM 83 junction
  • Two-lane ramp handles all boat types
  • Fee required
  • Open all year
  • Operated by the US Forest Service and San Augustine County (409) 275-9472
C1: Ayish Bayou Ramp
  • Located on FM 83, 7 miles west of Pineland
  • One-lane ramp handles all boat types; may not be usable at low lake levels
  • No fee required
  • Open all year
  • Operated by Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept.
C2: San Augustine Park
  • Located off FM 1751, 6 miles south of junction with FM 83
  • Four-lane ramps handle all boat types
  • Fee required
  • Open all year
  • Operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers (409) 384-5716
C3: Mill Creek Park
  • Located off FM 149, 1 mile northwest of US 96
  • Two-lane ramp handles all boat types.
  • Fee required
  • Open all year
  • Operated by US Army Corps of Engineers (409) 384-5716
C4: Powell Park
  • Located off FM 705, 12 miles south of junction with FM 83
  • Three 2-lane ramps handle all boat types
  • No fee required
  • Open all year
  • Operated by private concession (409) 584-2624
C5: Bayou Recreation Area
  • Located off FM 3127, 2 miles west of FM 705
  • One-lane boat ramp
  • No fee required
  • Open all year
  • Operated by the US Forest Service (936) 639-8501
C6: Rayburn Park
  • Located off FM 3127, 2 miles west of FM 705
  • Two 2-lane ramps handle all boat types
  • Fee required
  • Open all year
  • Operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers (409) 384-5716
D1: Caney Creek Park
  • Located off FM 2743, 6 miles east of Texas 63
  • Two-lane ramp handles all boat types; may not be usable at low lake levels.
  • Campground facilities are closed for repairs until further notice.
  • Operated by the US Forest Service (936) 897-2089
D2: Sandy Creek Park
  • Located off FM 3333, 5 miles west of Texas Highway 63
  • Two-lane ramp handles all boat types; may not be usable at low lake levels.
  • Fee required
  • Open all year
  • Operated by the US Forest Service (936) 897-2089
D3: Overlook Park
  • Located at the west end of the dam on FM 255
  • Bank fishing only
  • No fee required
  • Open all year for day use
  • Operated by US Army Corps of Engineers (409) 384-5716
D4: Public Boat Ramp
  • Located at east end of dam off FM 255
  • Four-lane ramp handles all boat types
  • Fee required
  • Open all year
  • Operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers (409) 384-5716
D5: Twin Dikes Park
  • Located at east end of dam off FM 255. Marina located 0.5 mile east of park.
  • Two 4-lane ramps handle all boat types
  • Fee required
  • Open all year
  • Operated by the Corps of Engineers (409) 384-5716
  • Privately operated marina (409) 698-2696
E1: Hank’s Creek Park
  • Located off FM 2801, 2 mi south of junction with FM 2109
  • Two single-lane ramps accommodate all boat types
  • Fee required
  • Open all year
  • Operated by US Army Corps of Engineers (409) 384-5716
E2: Monterrey Park
  • Located off FM 3124, 2 miles east of junction with FM 2109
  • Four-lane ramp handles all boat types; may not be usable at low lake levels.
  • Fee required
  • Open all year
  • Operated by US Army Corps of Engineers (409) 384-5716
E3: Cassells-Boykin
  • Located off FM 3123, 1 mile west of Texas Highway 147
  • Four-lane ramp handles all boat types; may not be usable at low lake levels.
  • Fee required, annual permit available
  • Open all year
  • Operated by Angelina County (936) 632-5531
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