Contact: Bruce Walker at Director@Bigthicket.org
The 4.0 mile Cooks Lake to Scatterman Paddling Trail will provide families and friends with a great opportunity to experience the biological diversity of the Big Thicket National Preserve. This seemingly short trail can actually become an all-day adventure as Cooks Lake and Scatterman Lake are fun to explore. Paddlers will experience beautiful cypress and tupelo forests that will make them feel like early explorers without actually paddling too far from civilization. This looped style trail eliminates shuttling issues since there is only one access point. This is a Texas Parks & Wildlife Department official Paddling Trail and follows the goals and requirements of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Departments Paddling Trail Program.
One access site:
Lower Neches Valley Authority-Salt Water Barrier
30° 9′ 19″ N, 94° 6′ 58″ W
From US Highway 69/96, take the Lucas Drive Exit. Head East on Lucas Drive for approximately 1 mile. Turn left heading North on Bigner Road. Continue straight on Bigner Road until reaching the boat ramp in approximately 1.5 miles.
Distance from Nearest Major Cities:
Huntsville – 111 miles
Bryan/College Station – 188 miles
Waco – 241 miles
Austin – 253 miles
Dallas – 281 miles
San Antonio – 285 miles
Fort Worth – 303 mile
Note: All online & mailed registration forms must be received no later than Wednesday, September 7th.
Registrations close at midnight, Wednesday, September 7th in order for our overworked volunteers to process your applications and prepare your "goodie" bags and boat tags.
Thank you for your interest in participating in the Rally. If you have questions regarding the Rally or need to change a registration already submitted, please send us an e-mail or call the Neches River Rally office at 409-790-5399.