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Angelina River, Texas
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The Angelina River begins at the congluence of Shawnee and Barnhardt Creeks northwest of Laneville and south of Henderson in Rusk County and then flows about 120 miles to its confluence with the Neches River on B.A. Steinhagen Reservoir north of Jasper in Jasper County forming the lines between Cherokee and Nacogdoches, Angelina and Nacogdoches, and Angelina and San Augustine counties along its course. Sam Rayburn Reservoir was formed by damming the Angelina River at Ranch Road 255 just north of Jasper. Below the headwaters the Angelina takes in the waters of the East Fork and numerous other smaller creeks and streams that drain this area of Deep East Texas. It flows through the Angelina National Forest at Sam Rayburn Reservoir just east of the Davy Crockett National Forest. The area is steeped in Texas history and it was along the banks of the Angelina River where Jim Bowie ambushed and routed the fleeing Mexican Army at the Battle of Nacogdoches in 1832. While there are small towns and communities along and near the river it mainly flows through undeveloped farmland close to the Louisiana State Line.

It is one of several beautiful, usually muddy, remote streams that flow through the Piney Woods of Deep East Texas. Surrounded by rugged forest bottomlands, the river is home to many birds, animals, reptiles, plants and fish. What you will not see is large-scale development or signs of civilization other than access roads above and below Sam Rayburn Reservoir, which sits just below US Highway 59. Paddling the Angelina River is like taking a trip back into the past, when Native Americans were all that roamed this area. Much of the adjoining land is owned by timber companies who graciously allow public access to and use of their property for camping, fishing and river access. Information for the Angelina River is divided into the reaches above and below Sam Rayburn Reservoir.

Click the links below for information regarding the section of the Angelina River where you want to paddle.

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[ SH 21 to US Highway 59 ] [ Sam Rayburn Dam to Bevilport ]

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