Hwy 149 (Lakeport) to Hwy 43 (Tatum)
We put in at state hwy 149 in Lakeport and traveled down river to state hwy 43 in Tatum. This trip is 23 river miles and we stretched it into two days to allow time for fishing along the way.
At about mile 14 we set up camp on a snow white sand bar for the night and ate what fish we had kept throughout the day. At around mile 19-20 you will start to see some rock shoals which create small water falls and faster current, the largest and most fun being at mile 21 and 22. These are about a 2-3' drop off and some pretty rapid water for East Texas.
We passed two homes at mile 7 near the Easton area and roughly 5 fishing camps along the entire route, other than passing two other boaters within the first 3 miles near hwy 149 we had the river to ourselves. The only other bridge crossings are a railroad crossing near the Easton area and a new Sabine Mine bridge for haul trucks near Tatum. This mine bridge marks mine 20 and this is where the fun starts as far as fast current and several sets of shoals.
The "Sabine River bl Longview" (Lakeport) river gauge was reading 4.2-4.3 at the time of our trip. The lower the gauge the faster/larger the current and shoals will be and the less traffic you will see.
(2) Heritage 12' angler, (1) 10' Perception
- Trip Duration: 2-3 Day Trip
- Skill Level: Beginner
- Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)