Snaking its way through the blue jacks, post oaks and sugar-mapled banks of the East Texas Bottomland, the Sabine River splits the Piney Woods Forest to an exposed black coal seam swimming hole - score this a near perfect kayakpacking micro-adventure if you happen to be one of the 1.5 million people who are lucky enough to live within a 90 minute drive of the put-in.
The Black Shoals Run is a kayakpacking micro-adventure with plenty to offer on both sides of the main event. The Sabine River drains a huge swath of the Texas Bottomland and historically has above average rainfall - a combination that produces the largest volume of water of any river in Texas and makes for a consistently great paddle.
Along her sandy shoulders there is abundant evidence of wildlife - possum, armadillo, and white tails among them - areas just begging to be explored on foot or scouted for a future S24O kayakpacking adventure. Put in on a Friday night after work and you could be home in time to make lunch on Saturday.The mid-point is arguably the geologic highlight of the trek.
The multi-terraced Black Shoals is a shattered seam of black coal that splits the Sabine and result in miniature waterfalls and natural tubs that also create the biggest paddle challenge. Low-flowing 1-2 foot drops are abundant and a good introduction if you've never been exposed to this kind of water. A wet footed portage is an option along with easier I-class paddle arounds to the left.
The run is bookended by Texas DNR maintained ramps with plenty of parking make setting up a shuttle a breeze.
OTHERS IN THE SERIES:
Cypress Creek, Texas
5 Miles / 4-6 Hours
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When Roman Thru is hauling heavy construction equipment all around Louisiana and
East Texas he's scouting new places to fuel his kayaking obsession. "Could that be a new put in?"
He has a lot of irons in the fire. He and his wife have three beautiful daughters and he enjoys camping, tending to his aquariums, and being a frustrated guitarist. All the while vlogging his adventures on his YouTube channel.