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Larry Lifejacket

It’s that time of year again – time for fun in and on the water! Make sure that everyone comes home safely from your summer adventures.

Whether swimming or boating, always:

  • Wear a life jacket.
  • Watch children closely.
  • Know how to swim.
  • Avoid alcohol.

Read through our water safety tips before you jump in the creek, river, lake, pool or Gulf.

Ranger Roundup

Keep up with cool things happening in your state parks with our new Ranger Roundup web page. Each month we’ll post about new facilities, unique nature sightings, special visitors, and more.

Bookmark this webpage and check back for monthly updates!

Park Pick: Galveston Island State Park

Let’s go to the beach!

Galveston Island State Park

As I stand where beach meets dunes at the end of a boardwalk in Galveston Island State Park, I can almost see the island the way it once was. Waves lap at a broad expanse of beach, grasses ripple in the breeze over low mounds of sand, tall reeds rise behind them, and over it all is an endless baby-blue sky.

”About 90 percent of our visitors go to the beach and then leave,” says ranger Lisa Reznicek. “But more than half the park is on the bay side. Over there, we have five and a half miles of hiking and biking trails, two observation towers, three kayak trails and fishing spots.“

Read more in TPW magazine


Hike Pick: Colorado Bend State Park

Tie Slide Trail

Cliffriver Colorado Bend State Park

You may know Colorado Bend State Park for its fishing, waterfalls and caves, but you will also find solitude here. Hiking and biking trails provide miles and miles of new discoveries away from the crowds. Explore the Tie Slide Trail, which shares a trailhead with the popular Gorman Falls Trail.

This trail takes you along rocky karst areas and past the impressive River Overlook with views of the Colorado River below. Cyclists will enjoy the mix of rocky and flowy sections.

Take the trail less traveled - the Tie Slide Trail – for a memorable experience!

Activities and Programs

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

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