A small area around Sam Rayburn Lake is trying to initiate a special district tax to improve the area's infrastructure. The tax will apply only to restaurants and hotels in the area. The area hosts about 1.5 million visitors annually. Many visitors come for fishing tournaments and the boundless natural scenery.
A family plays on a secluded beach on the lakeshore of Lake Sam Rayburn on Thursday, June 9, 2005. The lake, which has more than 500 miles of shoreline, is the largest lake completely contained within the Texas borders.
Photos by Mark M. Hancock / © The Beaumont Enterprise
(right) The Umphrey Family Pavilion is refracted through a hummingbird feeder near Lake Sam Rayburn.
(Below)The pavilion is used for weddings and social functions as well as the rally point for many of the organized bass tournaments on the lake.
(Above, left, below) Rayburn Country Resort near Lake Sam Rayburn features a swimming pool as well as an award-winning golf course. The resort's clubhouse restaurant will be affected by the new tax.
(Below) A butterfly searches for nourishment at Rayburn Country Resort near Lake Sam Rayburn. The area is home to various wildlife as well as being part of annual migratory paths of butterflies and birds.
(Above) A private fishing boat awaits a fishing excursion on Lake Sam Rayburn.
(Below) Brenda Figueroa (left) and Rick Flores (right) of Sun Dancer Rentals test a private boat repair on Lake Sam Rayburn.