The Neches River winds through a large portion of Texas’ scarce public lands, and Neches River User Guide, a project of the Texas Conservation Alliance, offers outdoor enthusiasts a menu of ways to enjoy this wild Texas river.
As users flip through this guide book, its user-friendly maps will reveal the towns, roads, entry points, bridges, public lands, parks, and other landmarks along nearly 360 miles of the river’s course. Each map details practical information about public access points, potential hazards, camping facilities, and GPS coordinates for points of interest.
The guide also includes a brief description of the archeology and history of human habitation along the river, as well as photographs of plants and animals common in the bottomland hardwood ecosystem. A final note on conservation efforts, past and present, will help readers join in protecting the river for future generations.
GINA DONOVAN is executive director of the Houston Audubon Society. Co-founder of the East Texas Forest & Wildlife Coalition, she also served on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Rivers Conservation Advisory Board. She has canoed nearly 400 miles of the Neches River.
STEPHEN D. LANGE is a Regional GIS Specialist for the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s Wildlife Division in Tyler, Texas. ADRIAN F. VAN DELLEN, DVM, is a retired United States Air Force pathologist and an avid canoer and nature photographer.
TEXAS CONSERVATION ALLIANCE is a forty year-old conservation organization that protects rivers, forests, wildlife, and other natural resources. The Allliance leads the initiative to have the Neches River designated as a National Wild and Scenic River.
What Readers Are Saying:
"The best way to get people to understand and appreciate nature is to take them out to see it and touch it. In this book, Gina Donovan has recreated that feeling by sharing her passion and sense of ownership of the Neches River."—John R. Bartos, Texas paddling enthusiast and river conservationist
"The Neches River User Guide has all the essential elements that river paddlers will need: flora, fauna, historical sites, river features and even navigational coordinates. I wish we had one for all Texas Rivers."-Bob Spain, Coastal Paddling Trails Coordinator, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
"Contrary to what many may believe, Texas is a state of rivers. They define the state and are nature’s circulatory system. Without them we could not survive, yet few people know or appreciate either their value or beauty. I think the reason is that people are not comfortable taking to a kayak or canoe to explore them. This guidebook takes that excuse away for one of Texas’ true river treasures – the Neches. The guide is informative, clearly written and full of useful and interesting information. All you need to do now is grab this book, a paddle and go!"-Larry McKinney, executive director, Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies
". . . grab this book, a paddle and go!"-Larry McKinney,
executive director, Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies
”For all of those who long to paddle the Neches River of East Texas, to hear the sounds of countless birds and enjoy the plants that support them, to slip into the current of this last great, wild river in Texas, this Neches River User Guide is for you!”-Ellen Temple, conservationist, Lufkin, Texas