Trail Description and Landmarks

Trail Length: ~ 4.0 miles (out and back)

The 4 mile “Cooks Lake to Scatterman Paddling Trail” provides 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.  

Float Times: 2 - 6 hours
(depending on experience level, flow rate and wind speed)

The trail stretches along Pine Island Bayou, through Cooks Lake and Scatterman Lake and the Neches River is known for its sloughs and cypress-tupelo swamps. This area provides a relaxing paddle as logjams are not an issue, and river current is typically slow. The Cooks Lake Paddling Trail is officially recognized by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Departments Paddling Trail Program.   

Getting There:

One access site at Lower Neches Valley Authority  Salt Water Barrier
(Coordinates: 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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2019 Neches River Rally Map (pdf version)

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