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Neches Wilderness Canoe and Kayak Race

August 7 @ 7:00 am - 5:00 pm

$30.00 – $35.00

The Neches River Race is set up with two classes of paddlers: leisure class and pro class. The leisure class starts one hour before the pro class. This means that the pro classes don’t run off and leave the rest of the paddling field. By starting and hour later, the pro class racers will have to catch up to the leisure class. They will then maneuver their way around and through the slower paddlers in order to make their way to the front of the pack. This gives them, in effect, an added obstacle to overcome and gives both classes more time on the river together.

Water stations and check points are setup at two locations along the racecourse, with race volunteers monitoring paddlers’ condition, and providing water to anyone needing it. Radio operators are stationed along the way to provide instant contact to emergency personnel should it be necessary.

At the finish lin,e race volunteers pull canoes from the river for the weary paddlers. Everyone then enjoys hamburgers, cold drinks, and watermelon. The shuttle takes racers to the starting line to pick up autos. Awards are presented when all paddlers in a class have crossed the finish line. A drag boat sweeps the river from starting line to finish to make sure no stragglers remain on the river.

The Neches River Runners is a non-profit organization dedicated to conservation and education which has as its primary activity the organization and staging of the Neches River Wilderness Canoe Race, the annual fund raiser and community event for the special needs scholarship fund at the Trinity Valley Community College.

To the start: From E. Loop 256 in Palestine take SH 155 North 21 miles to Frankston, TX. Turn east (right) on US 175 and travel approx. 3.4 miles to FM 1892 and turn left. From there follow the signs a short distance to the primitive camping area and starting line behind Blackburn Damn and Lake Palestine.


August 7
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
$30.00 – $35.00
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Neches River Runners
(903) 245-9490


Neches River
FM 1892
Frankston, TX 75763 United States
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(903) 245-9490


$12.00 – $92.00

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