The Lavaca River (// (listen) 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. The flagship of Jean Laffite's fleet was alleged to have been scuttled in the lower part of the river.
- Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 182.
- Lavaca River from the Handbook of Texas Online
- Lavaca-Navidad River Authority
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