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Neches River

Length: 416 miles (669 kilometers)

The Neches River flows for 416 miles through east Texas to its mouth on Sabine Lake near the Rainbow Bridge. Two major reservoirs, Lake Palestine and B. A. Steinhagen Reservoir are located on the Neches. Several cities are located along the Neches River Basin, including Evadale, Tyler, Lufkin, Silsbee, Beaumont, Vidor, Port Neches, Nederland, Groves, and Port Arthur.

From Lake B.A. Steinhagen down to Beaumont, the Neches River flows through the 97,000 acres Big Thicket National Preserve. This important ecosphere preserves the area where several ecosystems converge - an event that harkens back to the last glacial period. The Big Thicket Visitor Center is off U.S. Highway 69 several miles north of Kountze.

The Lower Neches Valley Authority is the river authority which oversees the Neches River in Tyler, Hardin, Liberty, Chambers, and Jefferson counties of Texas.

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service purchased land along the Neches River 2006 for the creation of the Neches River National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge currently covers 1-acre, but is proposed for 25,000 acres. The refuge is to include land on which Dallas had proposed to build a reservoir to meet the water needs of the city and its surrounding suburbs. Tentatively named Lake Fastrill, this reservoir was not scheduled to be built until 2050. Dam proponents say that the wildlife refuge was put there in order to block the dam from ever being erected. The city of Dallas and the Texas Water Development Board filed a lawsuit in 2007 against the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, claiming the wildlife refuge was established without considering the economic and environmental impacts. However, in February 2010 the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, paving the way for the acquisition of lands for the wildlife refuge.

The Port of Beaumont is located on the Neches River at Beaumont, Texas. It begins near the mouth of the river and the Rainbow Bridge.

RESERVOIR CONTROLLING AUTHORITY Athens Municipal Water Authority 501 N. Pinkerton Athens, Texas 75751...
    Full Pool: 440.0 MSL     Area: 1,799 Acres

Lake Jacksonville is located 3 miles southwest of Jacksonville, Texas off US 79. It is the city's primary water source. In addition, it is a popular location for recreation and residences. It was created in 1957 and the city expected it to take years to fill with water, but, with an unusually rainy season, the lake reached full capacity in only a y...
    Full Pool: 422.0 MSL     Area: 1,320 Acres

************* NOTICE ************ Due to low water level at these lakes, many boat ramps are closed. Check local conditions before you go. ************************************* Whitehouse Dam and Lake Tyler are in the Neches River Basin in Smith County, 12 miles southeast of Tyler on Prairie Creek, a tributar...
    Full Pool: 375.5 MSL     Area: 2,224 Acres

Lake Palestine is a freshwater lake in northeast Texas. It is located on the Neches River, 15 miles southwest of Tyler on Texas 155. It was created by the construction of the Blackburn Crossing dam on the Neches River in 1962. RESERVOIR CONTROLLING AUTHORITY Upper Neches River Authority PO Box 1965 Palestine, Texas 75802 (903) 876-2237 ...
    Full Pool: 345.0 MSL     Area: 25,560 Acres      Printed Lake Palestine Map

Lake Nacogdoches is located on Loco Bayou, 10 miles west of Nacogdoches off FM 225.
******** NOTICE ********** To combat the spread of invasive zebra mussels, boaters and anglers...
    Full Pool: 279.0 MSL     Area: 2,212 Acres

Sam Rayburn Reservoir is located deep in the east Texas Piney Woods Forests just north of Jasper, Texas. The lake is nationally known for its largemouth bass fishery and is home to over 300 fishing tournaments each year. Visitors enjoy boating, fishing, camping, picnicking, hiking, swimming, birding, wildlife viewing, and other fun activities. ...
    Full Pool: 164.4 MSL     Area: 114,806 Acres      Printed Sam Rayburn Reservoir Map

B A Steinhagen Reservoir is located near the town of Jasper, Texas in the east Texas Piney Woods at 30.85 North Latitude and 94.19 West Longitude. The borders of Tyler County and Jasper County are defined by the bed of the Neches River, and therefore bisect the lake on a North/South line. The lake was created as part of a project that focused on cr...
    Full Pool: 82.4 MSL     Area: 10,687 Acres