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Sam Rayburn Lake Travel Tips

Sam Rayburn Lake Vacation Rentals Make the Perfect Escape for Outdoor Lovers

Those looking for some of the finest freshwater fishing in America will love a vacation at Sam Rayburn Lake in Texas. It is the largest reservoir to be found wholly in the state of Texas and it covers 114,500 acres on the Angelina River between Jasper and Nacogdoches. It is close to the Sam Rayburn National Forest and there are a number of small communities around the lake providing entertainment, restaurants and shops.

Seasonal Weather at Texas Piney Woods Vacation Rentals

Due to its mild winters, Sam Rayburn Lake is a popular winter destination for snowbirds and retirees who want to escape the snow and ice. Winter temperatures average a very pleasant 60 F (15 C) which rise to 94 F (34 C) in the height of the summer. The area has four to five inches of rain each month throughout the year.

Places to Visit from Sam Rayburn Lake Vacation Houses

Sam Rayburn Lake is surrounded by many small towns which offer historic tours, quaint shops and excellent local dining. Redland, Lufkin, Huntington and Zavalla are on the west side of the lake and Woden, Etoile, Augustine, Roseville and Brookeland are some of those on the eastern shore. Jasper is just a few miles southeast of the lake. All these communities have festivals and arts and crafts shows during the summer. Good home cooking features in many of the reasonably priced restaurants.

How to Reach Your Sam Rayburn Lake Lodging

The closest major airport to Sam Rayburn Lake is the George Bush International Airport in Houston, Texas. It is 113 miles from the lake. Alternatively, the William P. Hobby Airport, also in Houston, is 129 miles away. The Cleveland Municipal Airport is also close by. The lake can be reached by car from the I-10 to the south, the I-45 to the west or the I-49 to the east.

Texas Piney Woods Vacation Rentals Offer Plenty of Outdoor Activities

Vacationers with fishing in mind should head down to Powell Park Marina at the south end of the lake for some of the most stable fishing conditions all year-round. Largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill and redear sunfish, catfish and a limited number of white bass can be caught here. Boating, waterskiing, wakeboarding, swimming and hiking can all be enjoyed around and on Sam Rayburn Lake. It is also a great area for scenic drives.

Hunters will find plenty of duck, squirrel, deer and feral hogs just minutes away in the Sam Rayburn National Forest. Birdwatchers will spot bald eagles and osprey while hikers and mountain bikers will enjoy the unspoiled natural scenery. The area also caters for golfers with an excellent 27-hole golf course at Rayburn County Golf Club.

The Pros and Cons of Sam Rayburn Lakes Vacation Rentals

Although a vacation rental may appear more costly than camping or caravanning, there are many benefits to consider besides the price. A vacation rental home offers comfortable seating and TVs, and most lake houses have internet connections. Comfortable beds make sleeping in a real treat compared to sleeping on the ground. Warm bathrooms with showers are a big plus, along with a washing machine for dirty outdoor clothes. If the weather turns wet, a vacation home is a cozy place to hang out and read a book or play games until the weather improves. Finally, cooking family meals in the fully equipped kitchen can mean big savings compared to eating out. With a refrigerator for chilling the beer and keeping those freshly caught fish in prime condition, vacation rentals can add up to great value for money, especially if you split the cost of renting the cabin with family or friends.

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