The last Neches River Rally Return was held Saturday September 11, 2021

Harbormaster, Ryan Smith & Check-in Coordinator Margaret Keith working the boat launch with help from BTA volunteers and NJOTC Cadets.

Harbormaster, Ryan Smith & Check-in Coordinator Margaret Keith working the boat launch with help from BTA volunteers and NJOTC Cadets.

The rally is fun! Here is a short slide show from our 2019 Rally.


(All participants must be pre-registered. Sorry, no payments at event. Registration Closes September 7th)

Cooks Lake to Scatterman Paddling Trail

Registration is open until September 7th, 2021 for the 8th Annual Neches River Rally. This year’s route will take paddlers through the Big Thicket National Preserve via the 4-mile Cooks Lake to Scatterman Paddling Trail. This is a rain or shine event.

Paddler will experience the open waters of the Neches River and the bald cypress/water tupelo swamp. Wading birds, songbirds and turtles are common wildlife observed in these backwaters.

Canoes and kayaks (no paddleboards) will launch and return to the LNVA Saltwater Barrier location in Beaumont. Bring your personal boat or reserve a boat before September 3rd with Big Thicket Outfitters (409) 786-1884.

Each adult registered participant will receive a complimentary Big Thicket Association 2021-2022 non-voting membership.

Registrants also receive a free hamburger/chips/ and drink for lunch, and goodie bag.

The Big Thicket Association thanks our generous sponsors and donors of goods and service for supporting this event!


Use the "REGISTER NOW" link above.

Sponsors of 2021 Neches River Rally


Total Energies

Port Arthur LNG



Mobil Oil Credit Union

American Valve and Hydrant

Read Ice


Other Sponsors / Donors:

Eastex Automotive

Big Thicket Outfitters

Ellen C. Temple

neil-Troy Advertising

Become a Sponsor of Neches River Rally Sponsorships & Benefits Available

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* Rain or Shine

* Family Friendly - No alcohol allowed

* Life Preservers Mandatory

* Launch at Set Times

* No Refunds

(Registration will be required for each person)

Rentals Registration does not include boat rentals. For boat rentals call Big Thicket Outfitters 409-786-1884

Early Bird Registration ends Monday, August 23

Getting There

One access site:

LNVA Saltwater Barrier, North Ramp 6790 Bigner Rd Beaumont, TX 77708

Distance from Nearest Major Cities:

  • Houston - 88 Miles
  • Lake Charles - 57 Miles
  • Lafayette - 132 Miles
  • Baton Rouge - 182 Miles
  • 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

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.

(Registration does not include boat rental)