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Big Thicket National Preserve Celebrates Texas Free Fishing Day

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Go fish! Learn all about fishing on Texas Free Fishing Day.

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News Release Date: May 31, 2022

Contact: Megan Urban, 409-951-6700

KOUNTZE, Texas – Calling anglers of all ages! Visit Big Thicket National Preserve on Saturday, June 4th, for a free family fishing event. Together with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, we are providing certified Angler Education instructors to teach basic fishing skills to beginning anglers and their family members. If you’ve ever wanted to try fishing but aren’t sure where to start, this event is for you! Stop by anytime between 10 am and 1 pm and stay as long as you want.

The fishing event will be held on Village Creek at the Texas Highway 327 boat launch near Silsbee. We will be set up on the west side of the creek, below the south side of the highway. There will be signs near the road to direct you.

Big Thicket National Preserve will have fishing gear for use, but you may bring your own gear as well. We ask that attendees bring bug spray, water, sun protection, and closed-toe shoes that can get dirty. No fishing license or reservations are required!

Big Thicket National Preserve is in Southeast Texas, near the city of Beaumont and 75 miles northeast of Houston. The preserve consists of nine land units and six water corridors encompassing more than 113,000 acres. The Big Thicket, often referred to as a “biological crossroads,” is a transition zone between four distinct vegetation types: the moist eastern hardwood forest, the southwestern desert, the southeastern swamp, and the central prairies. Species from all these different vegetation types come together in the thicket, exhibiting a variety of vegetation and wildlife that has received global interest.


Last updated: January 11, 2024

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6044 FM 420
Kountze, TX 77625



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