This Cook's Lake to Scatterman Paddling Trail is a 4.8-mile loop trail that gives visitors a chance to paddle through the beautiful moss-draped cypress-tupelo slough in the biologically diverse Big Thicket National Preserve. The paddling trail takes paddlers from the LNVA Saltwater Barrier Boat Ramp up the Neches River taking the left fork to Pine Island Bayou and into Cook’s Lake. The seemingly short trail can actually become an all-day adventure since Cook’s Lake and Scatterman Lake are abandoned river channels that have become oxbow lakes which are fun to explore. This trail is relatively flat and very close to sea level giving paddlers a fairly easy paddle upstream; flow is generally quite low.
Float time averages between two and six hours depending on experience level, flow rate and wind speed. Canoe rentals are offered through local outfitters and can be found on the Beaumont CVB website.