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Canoeing & Kayaking
Neches River, Silsbee, Texas, USA
Copyright 2001 Alfonso Vazquez-Cuervo -
Our Route Summary
- Submitted by: Marilyn Kircus firstname.lastname@example.org
with photos by Bob Scaldino
- Date Submitted: 11/2001
- Location: Silsbee, Texas, USA
- Class: I
- Distance Paddled: Paddle 38
miles through the wild and mysterious Big Thicket
in East Texas. Enjoy the solitude of wilderness,
huge cypress, glorious sandbars, while visiting
the last bastion of the Ivory Billed Woodpecker.
- Water Level: Check with local
outfitters listed below or stream gauge
information. Don't plan to come July to September
as the sun is very strong, the weather is hot and
humid and the water is low and slow.
- Water: fresh
- Wildlife: Eagles, osprey, wading
birds, deer, barred owls, wild hogs, armadillo
- Special Regulations: You must
get a permit and only 8 people are allowed on
Order from Big Thicket National Preserve, 3785
Milam, Beaumont, TX, 77701. 409-839-2689. Ask for
packet and the Canoe Trip Planner.
For more information, go to http://www.nps.gov/bith/
and click on the "In Depth" button.
- Directions: From Silsbee, which
is north of Beaumont, take Hwy. 92 north to Hwy.
1013 East. As soon as you cross the river, take a
right to the put-in.
- Fee: $3.00/boat at the put-in
- Description: Paved boat ramps at
- Parking: We have used the
following two outfitters to run our shuttles and
store our cars, returning one of them for us to
use to collect the rest of the cars on the
scheduled day of arrival at the end of the
- Eastex Canoe Outfitters in Silsbee
- Sharps Canoe Rentals in Silsbee 409-385-6241
- Facilities: None
- Handicap Access: No special
- Directions: Outfitter picked us
up here (see above).
- Fee: none at take out
- Description: banks on the side
of a bridge
- Parking: unpaved parking, though
we left our cars at the outfitter
- Facilities: none
- Handicap Access: No special
What We Saw
This is usually a easy paddle with a little help from
the river. The Neches is at its best in spring or fall.
Winter is also a nice time to visit if you bring clothes
to keep you warm and dry.
This is 10 miles below the dam and if the water is
releasing, the current can be quite swift. Otherwise, it
is very slow. Sandbars are available, in varying numbers,
depending on the water level in about the first 12-15
|The upper end has lots of huge
beautiful white sand sandbars with room for large groups.
However the lower end doesn't have many and has none at
high water levels. We camped on one such nice, broad sand
The next best place to camp is at the Hardin
County Park which is quite low (muddy in rainy weather)
and may be the hangout of teenagers on Saturday night.
The next sandbar you can usually count on is about 35
miles down river. You can hear the railroad from it.
There are lots of opportunities for side trips into
sloughs, more for canoes than kayaks. It is in the swampy
sloughs that the cypress grow.
||The lower end has more swampy places along it. There
are also some little houseboats, mostly on the lower
portion. We saw 3 motor boats and 2 occupied houseboats
on our trip.
For more information please visit Kircus'
For more pictures, see: http://community.webshots.com/user/mkircus