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Texas whitewater, Neches River

Anderson Cherokee county, Lake Palestine to US 175 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II+     3 miles
Decided to float this yesterday with a friend. (July 11, 2009) This is a totally do-able float. There's not really any fast water to speak of, but you need to be prepared to make short portages and negotiate downed timber in the water. One area in particular you will need to tie some line off to your kayak and let it float under a downed tree, you crawl over the tree and then get back in. I'm sure the when and where the trees are down changes
    quite often.... And it looks like someone (probably the river authority) takes a saw down and cuts some of this out from time to time.

The put in location is correct. However, the take out is not. You need to float
further down to the 175 bridge (less than 1/4th mile) and get out there.

I would suggest that experienced paddlers attempt this only when the water is high from heavy rains or when the dam is letting a lot of water out. There's vegetative litter stuck in the trees 10 foot above the water line.... So at some points of the year... This thing moves... And could represent dangers with the amount of timber.

You might consider taking
a machete on this trip just in case. Don't forget the fishing pole, or if you are an archer, a bow for the huge gar and buffalo. There's plenty of fishin to do .

This trip with little effort takes approx 3 hours. If you live nearby, you need to make this float. Glad this short trip is nearby, I plan to float it often Says Jeremy (see picture)

Scouted at put in and half mile downstream. The stream has enough water to paddle and there is plentiful wildlife in the area. There is nothing more than a ripple down this stream though and there is garbage everywhere at the put in and the first half mile. The take out looks almost impassably overgrown. I did not even bother scouting it more closely as I have little interest in watching a great blue heron stand on a dirty, old, cardboard beer box. Says Jon

Neches River, Lake Palestine to US 175 road map
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These outdoors activities are available near Neches River.
 Whitewater Near Neches River:
Neches River, Anderson Cherokee County, 0 miles away
      Class II+ - 3 miles long (Lake Palestine to US 175)
 Marinas Near Neches River:
Emerald Bay Marina, Bullard , 6 miles away
Flat Creek Marina, Chandler , 10 miles away
Lake Tyler Marina, Whitehouse , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Neches River:
Best Western Executive Inn, Jacksonville , 13 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites JACKSONVILLE, Jacksonville , 13 miles away
La Quinta Inn & Suites Jacksonville, Jacksonville , 13 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites Tyler-South, Tyler , 15 miles away
Residence Inn Tyler, Tyler , 15 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Neches River:
Big Steve's RV Park, Frankston, 3 miles away
Lake Palestine Campground and Lodge, Frankston, 6 miles away
Castle on the Lake Inn and RV Resort, Jacksonville, 10 miles away
 Trails Near Neches River:
Nature Trail, Cherokee , 17 miles away
Mount Hope Tract Trail, Cherokee , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Neches River:
Tyler State Park, Texas , 28 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Neches River:
Eagle's Bluff Country Club, Bullard , 4 miles away
Oak Hurst Golf Course, Bullard , 10 miles away
Waterman Park Golf Driving Ranch, Tyler , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Neches River
Lake Palestine, Cherokee , 1 miles away
Honey Lake, Anderson , 3 miles away
Lake Jacksonville, Cherokee , 12 miles away

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