Silsbee's ideal location makes it a haven for nature lovers... naturally! The Big Thcket National Preserve hosts species of flora and fauna found nowhere else on the planet. A total of eight ecosystems exist in harmony here an can be witnessed from the many nature trails which wind through the woods.
The area around Silsbee is a hunter's and fisherman's paradise. Louisiana-Pacific corporation offers 133,000 acres of land in Southeast Texas for sportsman at a fee of $2 per acre.
Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend Reservoirs, Dam B, and the Neches and Sabine Rivers are within one hour of Silsbee. The Gulf of Mexico and beach communties are one and one and half hours from Silsbee.
The lakes area are nationally known as some of the finest bass fishing lakes in the United States. There is annually a McDonald's Bass Tournament at Sam Rayburn in the spring. The lakes are also home of some fine fishing crappie, catfish and stripers.
If is is salt water fishing you are interested in people can find outstanding fishing for red fish and flounder in the Sabine Lake and Keith Lake areas which are about an hour away from Silsbee near Port Arthur.
In addition, the locals can direct you towards a spot to launch in one of the area rivers and creeks. These house some of the finest tasting catfish in the world. Good fishermen also can hook-up with some good bass out of these streams.
Silsbee is within an hour drive of the Port Bolivar-Galveston area. Guide services are available in most of the area lakes as well as in nearly all of the salt water areas.
Village Creek passes through the heart of the Big Thicket and Village Creek State Park, and boaters and fishermen alike will appreciate the scenic quality of the area. Canoers will enjoy fishing while paddling through the Roy E. Larsen Sandyland Sanctuary, a Texas Nature Conservancy Preserve. All types of outdoor sports are in play here and can be enjoyed year round due to the pleasant climate.