Lavaca River

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Map of the Lavaca River and associated watershed

The Lavaca River (/ləˈvɑːkə/ (About this soundlisten) lə-VAH-kə) is a river in the U.S. state of Texas. It begins in the northeastern part of Gonzales County, and travels generally southeast for 115 miles (185 km) until it empties into Lavaca Bay, which is a component of Matagorda Bay.


The river's name is a corruption of Rivière des Vaches ("Cow River"), by French explorer René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle.[1] The flagship of Jean Laffite's fleet was alleged to have been scuttled in the lower part of the river.[2]


Only the portion of the watershed and associated water resources located in Jackson County are managed by the Lavaca-Navidad River Authority, which was established in 1941.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 182.
  2. ^ Lavaca River from the Handbook of Texas Online
  3. ^ Lavaca-Navidad River Authority