Big Thicket National Preserve to hold paddling clinic

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Big Thicket National Preserve will be holding a Paddling skills clinic to provide an opportunity for the community to develop safe and effective canoeing skills. This free clinic will be held on Saturday, March 17, and welcomes visitors to casually explore basic canoe paddling skills on Village Creek with instruction from professionally trained park rangers. According to a press release, those interested can join the group any time between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at “Baby Galvez”, west of Highway 96 off of Lindsey Road, south of Silsbee. Rangers will be offering instruction and assistance in skills from basic paddling strokes all the way to advanced maneuvers. Canoes, personal flotation devices and paddles are provided. No registration is needed.

Directions to the Baby Galvez Boat Ramp: From Highway 96 south in Silsbee, take Maxwell Road 0.2 miles, turn left onto Lindsey Street, follow Lindsey St. for 1 mile, turn left onto Baby Galvez Road, travel approximately 0.5 mile to the boat ramp at the end of the road.

For general information about Big Thicket National Preserve, visit or call the preserve visitor center at (409) 951-6700