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Silsbee, Texas  77656
Headquarters/Physical Address:
50 Turtle Creek Dr. @ US Hwy 96
Silsbee, Texas 77656
Mailing Address: (Deposits)
1698 US Hwy 96 South
Silsbee, Texas 77656-7168


Eastex Canoe Trails

Big Thicket Outfitters
"Since 1978"

Paddling & Camping on Village Creek

Experience Texas' BEST paddling & primitve camping

Village Creek Canoeing

At normal stage,
Village Creek can be enjoyed by all ages and experience levels.
 Canoe-Camping Trips are available
 year around.
Day Trips can be a short as 2 hours or as long as 8 hours depending on seasonal conditions and what time you check in at HQ's.



    (Cans & Plastic are OK!)
  • NO LITTERING ($2000 fine)
  • NO Polystyrene Coolers
  • All rentals END @ 6:00 pm.

 Your will be in a remote and secluded area:


Village Creek has something for everyone who enjoys the Great Outdoors.

Bring your friends or your family and enjoy a Day (or more) with Mother Nature!

  Village Creek offers Paddlers & Campers Outstanding Natural Beauty, Enjoyable Wildlife and great opportunities for Outdoor Adventure!


Kayak Rentals available

Village Creek is an Official TEXAS PADDLING TRAIL


Village Creek flows entirely within the
boundaries of
Big Thicket National Preserve.


The Village Creek Paddling Trail



Section #1 - The "Sandylands" Trail (9 Miles)


Canoeing through Sandylands Sanctuary

 Put In: FM 418
Take Out: Hwy 327

Water Level @ FM 418


This Paddling Trail passes through thousands of acres of undeveloped & secluded Village Creek floodplain.  The entire trail is characterized by steep bluffs, pristine scenery and enjoyable wildlife.   The "Sandylands" Paddling Trail is named for the 6,000-acre Nature Conservancy located adjacent to this paddling trail.

Sandylands Trail @ 3 ft.   Snags Ahead!

At normal water levels, the "Sandylands" trail remains to be our most popular trail with daytime paddlers, overnight canoe-campers and light-tackle anglers. 

*This narrow section of Village Creek is heavily forested and fallen trees may present a challenge for some paddlers.

BE PREPARED---->  There are NO FACILITES or early exit points.  Be self-reliant and prepared to deal with stumps, fallen trees, over-hanging limbs in a steady current.


Texas canoe camping trips Section 2 - The Short "Sandbar" Trail (3.5 Miles)

Put In: Hwy 327 Bridge
Take Out: Baby Galvez Landing


At normal stage, This section of the Village Creek Paddling Trail has numerous Sandbars that are popular with daytime paddlers.

This Scenic Paddling Trail is short, allowing plenty of time to fish, swim, picnic or just relax and let the kids play. Due to the relative short distance to paddle and the number of "swimming holes", this section is one of our most popular during the hot summer months.
Picnic & Swim!         Bring Your Friends
Very Large Groups Welcome
 Group Outings Welcome!


Section 3 - The "Zoo" Trip (7 Miles)


Canoeing through Sandylands Sanctuary
Put In: Baby Galvez Landing
Take Out: Hwy 96 Boat Ramp 


This section of Village Creek is exactly twice as long as section #2.  Several excellent sandbars great for day use and as campsites exist in this section.  Take out is the Public Boat Ramp located on River Left just beyond the Highway 96 bridges.



Lower Village Creek

Distance: 10 miles

This final section of Village Creek is usually traveled only by Paddlers & Campers intending to paddle the entire Paddling Trail (30 Miles) into the Neches River.

Canoe-Campers continuing downstream of the US Hwy 96 bridge will encounter private property and industry located on either side of the creek for ~ 2 miles before coming to Village Creek State Park property.  For this reason, Camping in this section is NOT recommended.


 Village Creek State Park   offers Paddlers & Campers a primitive take out (NO BOAT RAMP) at the Village Slough entrance (Right) just below the parking area.  The State Park offers campsites, restrooms, showers, a cabin, picnic tables, a nature center and several hiking trails.

Once downstream of VCSP, Canoe-Campers will encounter more scenic and secluded sandbars excellent for camping and day use.  The Village Creek portion of the trail ends with its confluence with the wide-open and alluvial Neches River.   Take out is approx. 2 miles downstream at the Lakeview Sandbar Unit parking area (BTNP) on River Left.



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