An Analysis of Texas Waterways
A Report on the Physical Characteristics of Rivers, Streams, and Bayous in Texas
Major Waterways of East Texas
Village Creek, formed in northwestern Hardin County, joins with Big Sandy Creek then flows southeast where it meets the Neches River near Silsbee. This creek is a free-flowing stream which passes through the heart of the Big Thicket. The stream flows through cypress swamps and pine and hardwood forests. Because of its remoteness, outstanding scenic qualities, and lack of impoundments, Village Creek retains its wild and pristine characteristics.
US Highway 69 and US Highway 287 to US Highway 96
This 37-mile section of Village Creek is located in Hardin County between the towns of Village Mills and Silsbee. Consisting of still or slow-moving water, the creek is normally 20 to 30 feet wide and is characterized by overhanging brush, limbs, and an occasional log jam. This section of Village Creek provides an exciting float trip through a dense forest cover typical of the Big Thicket.
This section of Village Creek is noted for its outstanding scenery. Large bald cypress trees and fresh water swamps exist just yards back from the creek. Clear waters of the creek flow over white sand and gravel, and sand bars which often lend themselves to camping and day use are present. The almost impenetrable thicket bordering the creek holds a remarkably wide variety of plant life, much of which is rare or endangered. In much of this area, nature is in very delicate balance and should be carefully protected. Water levels are sufficient for recreational use at any time, although the drier summer months cause a substantial reduction in flow. These summer months are often uncomfortable to recreationists because of heat and insects. Waterway features and distance between each are as follows:
US 69 and 287 crossing - 8 miles north
Private land - this land belonging to Kirby Lumber Company, reportedly, is open to the public. Approximately 2 miles
of shoreline are available on the right bank. (0.1 mile)
Hickory Creek - enters on the left. (4 miles)
Turkey Creek - enters on the left. (1 mile)
FM 470 crossing - off US 287 and 69, 5 miles north of Kountze. (1 mile)
Beech Creek - enters on the left. (8 miles)
Beaumont Creek - enters on the right. (5 miles)
FM 418 crossing - between Kountze and Silsbee. 100 yards of shoreline are available on the highway right-of-way. (1 mile)
Cypress Creek - enters on the right. (4 miles)
SH 327 crossing - 2 miles west of Silsbee. 200 yards of shoreline are available on the highway right-of-way. (4 miles)
County road crossing - off SH 327, 2 miles southwest of Silsbee. (2 miles)
US 96 crossing - 4 miles south of Silsbee. A Texas Parks and Wildlife boat ramp is provided. (7 miles)
About 6 miles downstream Village Creek flows into the Neches River.
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