Angelina National Forest – Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Lufkin, Texas (San Augustine, Angelina, Jasper & Nacogdoches Counties)

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About the National Forest

Bouton Lake in Angelina National Forest | Photo credit: U.S. Forest Service – Southern Region

Angelina National Forest spans 153,179 acres of East Texas forestland in the Neches River Basin and is one of four national forests in Texas. Located within Angelina National Forest is 114,500-acre Sam Rayburn Reservoir which offers opportunities for fishing, boating, and waterskiing. Other recreation opportunities in the National Forest include: hiking, camping, picnicking, wildlife observation, and nature study.

Wildlife is abundant in the National Forest, including bald eagle, endangered red-cockaded woodpecker, wood duck, white-tailed deer, squirrel, and wild turkey. Bald eagles winter in the area, particularly around Sam Rayburn Reservoir.


The Forest’s Visitor Information Center is located at 111 Walnut Ridge Road, Zavalla, Texas 75980.

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The Visitor Information Center is Wednesday through Friday year-round (except Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year’s Days) from 8 AM to 4:30 PM.


Review the fees and permits information from the National Park Service. The Recreation Area does not charge an entrance fee, but other use fees may apply.


Check the Wild Texas Events Calendar for activities scheduled at the park.


Reserve Now for campsites or other park facilities.

Volunteer Opportunities

Check the USDA Forest Service’s volunteer opportunities for detailed information. Volunteers are needed for activities such as visitor services, trail maintenance, construction, office/computer work and some biological work.

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Official Contact Information

The National Forest is managed by the USDA Forest Service.

USDA Forest Service Angelina National Forest
Lufkin, Texas

Telephone: (936)897-1068

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