See the Big Thicket by Canoe or Kayak
The many miles of creeks, bayous, and rivers flowing through Big Thicket National Preserve make it an ideal place to explore by canoe and kayak. Numerous access points provide many different trip options for paddlers of all experience levels. Three official Texas Paddling Trails offer clearly-defined routes to explore and experience the beauty and diversity of the Big Thicket. Paddle on your own or join a free ranger-led paddle trip!
Paddling Safety Tips
Make it an overnight paddle trip and camp on a sandbar along the river! A free permit is required for camping. Pick one up at the preserve's visitor center in Kountze.
Need to borrow a boat? Several local outfitters in nearby cities are available for kayak, canoe, and gear rentals. Some companies are able to provide shuttle service.
Last updated: January 3, 2022