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Lower Neches Wildlife Management Area
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Lower Neches Wildlife Management Area Information:
The 7,998 acre Lower Neches Wildlife Management Area borders the east side of Sabine Lake, approximately eight miles southwest of Orange and south of Bridge City. The area is known for historic sites and birding opportunities. The boat landing at the end of Lake Street on Sabine Lake dates back to the 1920's when a boat ferry was established to bring commuters across the Neches River to Port Arthur. In 1938, the Port Arthur-Orange Bridge, also called the Rainbow Bridge, was built across the Neches River on SH 87/73 between Bridge City and Port Arthur. WMA units include the 868 acre Nelda Stark Unit and the Old River Unit. The 4,386 acre Old River Unit borders part of the north side of the Neches River in Bridge City. Habitat consists of rivers, coastal plains, bayous and shoreline. Birding is outstanding. Hunting for birds and small game is permitted during scheduled special hunts. Amenities include a 100 foot ADA compliant boardwalk overlooking the Sabine River Marsh, an ADA compliant viewing platform in the Old River Unit, and other wildlife viewing areas. There are no restrooms or potable water. The WMA is open year round.
 
Neches River: 
The Neches River rises just east of Colfax in eastern Van Zandt County; it flows southeast for 416 miles to its mouth in Sabine Lake on the northern edge of Port Arthur, Texas. Except for a few miles near its head, the Neches serves as a boundary system for its entire length, forming the county lines between a several Texas counties. Reservoirs on the river include Lake Palestine, Lake B.A. Steinhagen near Town Bluff, and the small Rhine Lake located north of Palestine. Major tributaries include the Angelina River, which drains one-third of the basin area, Bayou La Nana, Ayish Bayou, Pine Island Bayou, Village Creek, Kickapoo Creek, and Flat Creek. Towns located along the river include Tyler, Beaumont, Lufkin, Nacogdoches, Groves, Port Neches and Nederland. Fish Stocking History
 
Mosquito Informationfor Texas:
The months of April through October are the worst months for mosquitoes. . Mosquitoes love standing water, and love you when you eat bananas. Mosquitoes are also attracted to some perfumes, including perfumed shampoos. Rub yourself with Bounce Fabric Softener sheets, or with Vicks Vapor Rub or pure Mexican Vanilla. Some swear taking a daily vitamin B-1 pill works to repel mosquitoes. Planting Marigolds in your yard repels mosquitoes. On a picnic table try covering the bottom of a white plate with “lemon fresh” dish wash soap, or use citronella candles. Home Depot sometimes sells the candles in small metal buckets. The ThermaCell Mosquito Repellant is also quite effective in ridding small outdoor areas of mosquitos. Dynatrap Company makes a large standing electric mosquito machine that works like electric bug zappers. It is very successful at making large areas mosquito free. When purchasing mosquito repellent buy those with the ingredient N, N-diethyl-M-toluamide. Some that work include Off! Deep Woods, Off! Family Care Unscented with Aloe Vera, Cutter Unscented, Maggie’s Farm Natural, EcoSmart, All terrain Herbal Armor, Off Clip On, and Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Oil with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E (expensive). The fine net clothing available from Cabela’s and other sporting goods stores is highly effective in preventing mosquito bites.
 
Texas Wildflowers:
Due to budget constraints, TX-DOT no longer maintains a website offering spring wildflower sightings. Information is available at the Texas Highways Magazine.
 
Birding - Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, Upper Texas Gulf Coastal Region:
Sabine Loop: Orange, Vidor, near Beaumont, Port Neches, Bridge City, West Orange, Groves, Nederland, Fannett, Sabine Lake, Texas point WNR, McFaddin NWR, JD Murphree Lake and NWR
Texas Birds Checklist
Southeast Texas Bird Checklist
Sea Rim State Park December 29, 2016 Bird Count, Sabine Pass
Sea Rim State Park Fall Bird Checklist
Sea Rim State Park Winter Bird Checklist
Sea Rim State Park Spring Bird Checklist
Sea Rim State Summer Park Bird Checklist
 
Sabine Lake Fishing:
The lake is located on the northern end of the Texas Coast’s 367 mile coastline. The Sabine Lake system has the highest levels of freshwater inflows on the Texas Coast. The high inflows and low tides tend to push saltwater south towards the Gulf of Mexico, while low inflows and high tides allow saltwater to reach the northern end of Sabine Lake and for some distance up the Sabine and Neches Rivers. Understanding this affect leads to success when fishing this lake system. Fish species include spotted seatrout, red drum, southern flounder, black drum, sand seatrout, and Atlantic croaker.
Fish Records
Fish Stocking History   
Fish Consumption Bans & Advisories
 
Hunting Lower Neches WMA:
Public hunting for early teal, south zone duck, geese, woodcock, rails, gallinules, snipe, and rabbits and hares is permitted on the Old River Unit. Hunting for early teal, south zone duck, geese, woodcock, rail, gallinules, sniper and rabbits and hares is permitted on the 868 acre Nelda Stark Unit.
 
Hunt Texas Online Connection:
More than 95% of Texas land is privately owned, making it hard for hunters to find affordable hunting opportunities. The Texas Parks and Wildlife has a huge public hunting program, and has developed a new service to help hunters find hunting places. This new service is provided free by the TPWD. It allows landowners to list available hunting leases or spots that have opened up, and allows hunters to find private hunting leases according to their preferences. 
 
Hunting, Texas Parks and Wildlife, General Hunting Information
Hunting, Public Hunting on State Lands, TPWD
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Directions Old River Unit:
From Port Arthur travel northeast on SH 87/73 about ten miles to Bridge City then turn right on Lake Street and drive for about two miles to the Unit headquarters and sign-in station, parking lot and viewing stand on the east side of Lake Street.
 
Directions Nelda Stark Unit:
From Bridge City take FM 1442 west five miles to Bessie Heights Road. Turn left (south) to the Unit headquarters just over one mile on the left.