The Neches River Rally for 2024 was postponed due to high water until Saturday, September 7th. See you this Fall.

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 has been postponed until Saturday September 7 due to high water.

The rally is fun! See a short video from a past Rally. Here is a short video. Video

Cooks Lake to Scatterman Paddling Trail

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.

Paddlers 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 with Big Thicket Outfitters (409) 786-1884.

Each adult registered participant will receive a complimentary Big Thicket Association 2024 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!

Enjoy our a short video of our sponsors

We thank our Neches River Rally Sponsors:



Amer V&H










Munros's Cleaners


Other Sponsors / Donors:

Big Thicket Outfitters

Cooks 2 Dozen

and Ellen Temple

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


[NOTE: Registrations will not open until July 1]

(Registration will be required for each person)

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

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)