1. Return to Yellow Dog
    August 28, 2009 @ 10:09 am

    […] of July, I drove to the Yellow Dog campground in Panola County, where Jake and I had completed our Sabine River trip a year earlier. A friendly river rat named Bill Dennis had invited us to stick around for a fish […]


  2. justin
    July 23, 2010 @ 3:01 pm

    i love sabine river sounds like a cool vacation if i ever go there again


  3. J
    November 18, 2010 @ 8:20 pm

    Can’t seem to find your photo of the huge 6′ diameter longleaf pines.
    Not sure where to look.
    My Great grandfather Jesse Gore was a lumber jack. I can only imagine having to cut the timber with only an ax.


  4. David fleetwood
    April 3, 2013 @ 8:43 pm

    Lived in De Berry Tx which sets on highway 59 not far from the bridge. Our farm was a little south, where we had a small sawmill. The men logged that entire area including an area owned by the father of Tex Ritter. Upon one of my return trips, my uncle Joe took me to a place behind and a little to the west to a monument near a house on the river, that stated that it was placed there in honor of Panola county seat. It was very interesting. Out in the woods as it was. Wonder if it is still there? David Fleetwood.


  5. Duder Clark
    August 11, 2014 @ 2:55 am

    I just took a kayaking trip from 59 to 79 over this past weekend. I’ve got to say, there is so much of that river that is absolutely beautiful, that you’ll never know was there from the brides in East Texas. What did you think about Black Shoals between 59 and 1794? I stopped and bathed there in the shallow fast moving water.


    • Wes
      August 11, 2014 @ 3:43 am

      You said it, that part of the river is fantastic and very pretty. I didn’t know it was called Black Shoals, but that makes sense. I’m glad no one has tried to mine the lignite that makes those shoals so black


  6. Chuck Boudreaux
    August 25, 2014 @ 4:43 pm

    We want to float from the 2517 bridge to yellow dog in a 14 ft. flatbottom boat with a 9.9 motor. Are there any trees or shoals to cross in this stretch of river? We will go early september and maybe in mid october? We want to camp on the sand bars.
    Thanks for any info you can offer.


    • Wes
      August 25, 2014 @ 5:01 pm

      Hi Chuck,

      If memory serves, most the big shoals are upstream of 2517, closer to Highway 59. I think you will be fine. The water should be low and slow in the early fall. When the river is really up, in the winter and spring, i’d start to think about getting a bigger motor. You can keep an eye on the conditions thru the usgs:


      Good luck! Lemme know how your trip goes.


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