Texas Paddling Trail Network - Village Creek

Texas is blessed with an abundance of paddling opportunities. The state has 15 major rivers systems with more than 3,700 named streams.

The Texas Paddling Trail Network includes 70 stretches of inland and coastal waters with designated public access and egress locations, camping areas and connections to local businesses that provide boat rentals, shuttle services and other paddler related services.

One such Paddling Trail is Village Creek, flowing through Hardin County, north of Beaumont, and south of Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend.

Three outfitter/rental services for Village Creek are Big Thicket Outfitters - (409) 786-1884, (512) 592-9327; Eastex Canoe Trails – (409) 385-4700; and Sharp’s Canoe & Kayak Rentals – (409) 385-6241

Light weight, shallow draft craft such as canoes and kayaks are vehicles to great summer floats, especially this year. Many places are not normally accessible because of low water levels, but this summer are accessible because of our abundant spring rains.

Village Creek offers access to 21 miles of flat-water paddling trails through smaller streams, oxbow lakes and sloughs in the Big Thicket. The trails are best described as narrow, winding, bracketed and shaded by pine and hardwood forest, offering slow paced paddling. The only obstacles paddlers likely to encounter are toppled trees.

Access is available at public road crossings and Village Creek State Park.

Most paddlers make day trips of 8-10 miles, but overnight trips are possible with great campsites on the white sand bars found along the creek.

Fishing can be outstanding for spotted bass, largemouth bass and sunfish as well as wildlife watching for belted kingfishers, wood ducks, herons, freshwater mussels, turtles and rare sightings of otters and beavers.

More information is available on the TPWD website, tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/boat/paddling trails

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GOOD. Water stained; 55-58 degrees; 3.33 feet low. Fishing remains the same as we head into another cold front. Bass are good on Carolina rigs and crankbaits in the points, ditches and drains. Crappie are good on live minnows, then jigs after the live bite subsides. You will find them in creeks and river channels. Catfish are good in shallow to 15 feet of water, moving towards the creeks. Report by Lynn Atkinson, Reel Um N Guide Service.

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