Caplen Texas is a residential area of Bolivar Peninsula on State Highway 87 near the Rollover Pass in eastern Galveston County and adjoins the west end of Gilchrist.
Caplen has been a resort, primarily for residents of Chambers, Orange, Liberty, and Jefferson counties since the late 1800s. Caplen is known as a quiet ranching community and hunting and fishing village.
The Gilchrist post office serves the Caplen area. Caplen has been a resort since the late 1800s and was eventually named for John Caplen, a property owner who surveyed the area in 1909. In earlier years, the site was a favorite of Indians, who left a burial ground there. Several important archeological finds have led to detailed excavations at the Caplen Site.
The Caplen area has a lot of room for development and very spacious and beautiful beach homes.
Water is provided by Bolivar Peninsula Special Utility District which recently completed a $30 million upgrade to the Lower Neches Valley Authority water supply.