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Apply Now for New Drawn Hunt Opportunities


This year there are more affordable drawn hunt opportunities than ever before! There are 51 hunt categories with hunts throughout Texas. New this year, you'll find hunts on National Wildlife Refuges, exclusive Private Lands Dove Hunts, and many more E-Postcard Hunt categories.

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State Parks

Download the Official App for Texas State Parks!

State Parks App

Now find your perfect state park escape using the Texas State Parks Official Guide for Apple and Android devices. The free app locates campgrounds, cabins, trails and places to hike, bike, swim, fish or kayak. And it'll give you all the details on 95 state parks in Texas. Learn more about the app

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State Parks

Parks with Swimming Holes

Paddling at Galveston Island SP

Rivers, creeks, lakes and ponds are at the heart of any outdoor summer fun in Texas. This month, Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine celebrates the 75th anniversary of Garner State Park, home to one of the greatest swimming experiences in the state, and recommends 10 other parks where you can beat the heat. Read More

10 more parks with swimming holes

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Summer Fun

kids outside having summer fun

What will you do this summer? School is out, and it's time to get together outdoors. Your cookouts and cool waters are waiting!

Choose your own adventure


Free Mobile Texas Fishing Guide

Mobile Texas Fishing Guide

Get to know your favorite freshwater fish species. Experts have provided a special look into Texas' most popular fish including species descriptions (with quality color illustrations), where to fish and how to catch them in this exclusive feature in the Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine app! For a unique interactive experience, download the free app. Apple iOS or Android

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TPWD Debuts Catfish Management Plan

A Vision for Catfish in Texas

TPWD has completed work on a plan designed to expand angling opportunities for Texas' growing urban population and introduce the next generation of anglers to the pleasures of fishing. Get your copy of TPWD's Catfish Management Plan and see how catfish figure into our vision for the future of freshwater fishing in Texas.

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Giant Salvinia is Invading our Lakes and Rivers

Giant Salvinia

This invasive plant creates a dense mat on top of the water and spreads very fast. It hurts fishing, swimming and boating. All it takes is one small piece left on your boat, trailer or gear to infest an entire lake. Don't ruin the fun for everyone. Always CLEAN, DRAIN and DRY before leaving the lake - it's the law.

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