Chandler River Park
Leased Fishing Access
Neches River, upstream from Lake Palestine
Located in eastern Henderson County on the west bank of the Neches River, approximately 1 mile east of Chandler at the Highway 31 bridge crossing. See map.
Lease period: 20 years beginning September 1, 2012
Contact: Chandler City Hall (903) 849-6853
This park serves as a day-use area for paddlers, boaters, bank anglers and picnickers. It offers 2,650 feet of river frontage to the north and 3,000 feet to the south for bank fishing. It's also a put-in point for the Chandler Upper Neches Paddling Trail, which opened in spring 2016. A 100-vehicle paved parking lot is available on the north side of Highway 31 with ingress and egress lanes. A boat ramp and parking lot for 10 vehicles and trailers can be found on the south side of the highway. Anglers can cross from the north to south areas by walking under the Hwy 31 bridge.
Special Conditions on Public Use
Open year round during daylight hours. No reservations are necessary but access is first come, first serve. No overnight camping or fires permitted.
The spring white bass run (February-April) attracts anglers from all over East Texas. During the summer months, blue and channel catfish provide an excellent fishery. Largemouth bass and sunfish can be caught year round.
Special catfish regulations are in effect for Lake Palestine and the Neches River upstream to the FM 279 bridge. For blue and channel catfish, there is no minimum length limit and the combined daily bag and possession limit is 50 fish, of which no more than five can be 20 inches or longer. See other bag and size limits.