LUCE BAYOU. Luce Bayou rises eight miles north of Dayton in west central Liberty County (at 30°12' N, 94°54' W) and runs west for twenty-three miles to its mouth on Lake Houston, in northeastern Harris County (at 30°03' N, 95°07' W). It is intermittent in its upper reaches. The watercourse is named for a runaway slave. It flows through flat to rolling terrain with local escarpments, surfaced by deep, fine sandy loams that supports heavy forests. Wildlife in the area include white-tailed deer. The Luce Bayou Diversion Project was proposed during the 1970s and was to include an 18,000-foot pipeline, a 15,000-foot canal, a pumping station, and a 35,000-foot stream conveyance facility (the rectified channel of Luce Bayou), designed to transfer water from the Trinity River to Lake Houston. Archeological excavations, however, found evidence of at least two prehistoric sites along the proposed route, and as of 1984 the facility had not been constructed.