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8529 W Farm to Market Rd 418
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Jayhawkers Canoe Trails

Big Thicket Outfitters
"Since 1978"

Wilderness River Trips have been suspended

Canoe-Camping at it's Finest...


Canoeing the Big Thicket

Wild & Scenic Neches River

Experience Mother Nature's Beauty and Solitude - up close and personal.  All you need is your camping gear, your friend(s) and a taste for ADVENTURE...


  One of the Top 40 "Best" Canoe-Camping Trips in the USA....

The lower Neches (nay-chez) is a Wild & Scenic River that meanders slowly past the Big Thicket National Preserve region of Southeastern Texas. 
The Neches River offers paddlers & campers outstanding scenery including Cypress/Tupelo Sloughs, Bluffs, oxbow lakes and a mixed Pine-Hardwood forest.  Snow-white sandbars lend themselves for day use and excellent primitive campsites.  Wildlife sightings are frequent and aquatic life is healthy. 
A pristine watershed relatively free of humans and man-made endeavors, these Wild & Scenic River Adventures offer canoe-campers an adventure they won't soon forget.


Jayhawkers Canoe Trails offers several Adventures inside the lower Neches River Corridor, but the most popular trip is 3 Days & 2 Nights of leisurely paddling and primitive camping.  



Advance Reservations are required for all Canoe-Camping Adventures.  A Backcountry Camping Permit from Big Thicket National Preserve is also required, but they are free and good for up to 5 days.

Distinguishing features of this Wild & Scenic River is her pristine, unspoiled scenery, abundant white sandbars, enjoyable wildlife and a uniquely Texan pioneer culture that survived here for over 100 years. 
   Neches River Bluff & Rockpile


Giant Cypress in Neches River bottom

  Today, paddlers will exerience a pristine, Wild & Scenic River, relatively free of impact from humans.


Boasting a wide variety of wildlife
Big Thicket Wildlife, Beaver
Wildlife in the Big Thicket, Armadillo
No particular hazards exist except the possibility of strong, deep currents after heavy rainfall.  Snowy-white sandbars are frequent and lend themselves as excellent campsites and day use. At higher water levels, good camping is still available on the terraces overlooking the river and cutoff lakes.

Alligator Sleeping On Log Enjoyable Sandbar Camping

These trips can be enjoyed any time of year. Water levels are usually sufficient for paddling and floating regardless of season.

3-Day Wilderness River Trips are $135 per Canoe (1 or 2 paddlers).  Group Discounts are available.  Tax & Launch Fee(s) not included.  Call HQ's for more infomation and Reservations.

Campers with their own canoes or kayaks can arrange transportation, nearby parking, good mapping and local knowledge @ Jayhawkers Canoe Trails - Texas World Headquarters .

Pack It In - Pack It Out

Remember, LEAVE NO TRACE.... GLASS IS PROHIBITED!  "Take nothing but Photographs and Leave nothing but Footprints."  Be prepared for sudden weather changes, wind, heat, cold or heavy rain. This is a remote and isolated area, THERE ARE NO FACILITIES.

Neches River Maps are available when you Reserve your Canoes for your "Wilderness River Trip" w/ Jayhawkers Canoe Trails

Osagian Canoes Are Ideal For Camping

Everything you need for a few days and nights in the Wilderness will fit nicely into one of our custom built Osagian Camper Canoes....


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