2nd Annual 2015 BTA Neches River Rally

The BTA Neches River Rally, September 12, 2015, is a family-friendly 4-5 mile paddle on the Neches River.

The 2015 BTA Neches River Rally registration is underway. Go to BigThicket.org to register or call at the number below. The website looks as though they haven't updated for the 2015 rally yet.

Call Neches River Rally office: 409-790-5399
Bruce Walker, Director@Bigthicket.org


  • Family Friendly

  • Life Preservers Mandatory

  • Launch at Set Times

  • Bring Your Own Chairs

  • Rain or Shine

  • No Refunds

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 proposed Texas Parks & Wildlife Department official Paddling Trail and follows the goals and requirements of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Departments Paddling Trail Program. We hope that the trail will be dedicated on September 6, 2014 the day of the BTA Neches River Rally.

Getting There

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.


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Please visit the Big Thicket Association website for information and registration.