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4 Tips For Spring Break Visits

Girl playing in South Padre sand dunes

Spring break is a busy time at your parks, so plan your visit by using these tips.

  1. Save the Day! Make a day use reservation to secure your entry into a park on a specific date.
  2. Plan a weekday visit to avoid the weekend crowd.
  3. Use the Texas State Parks app to locate alternative parks in case your first choice has hit capacity.
  4. Monitor individual parks on social media for capacity updates.

Wildlife

Where to Find Spring Bling

Bluebonnets

Texas wildflowers are world famous, and your state parks offer many opportunities for picnics and photos among the blossoms. For tips on where to go, read our magazine story listing state parks with wildflowers. Before you head out, you may want to check with the park to be sure the wildflowers are still in bloom. Keep an eye on our Flickr page for the latest photos of wildflowers at state parks.

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Play Now Fort Parker, Aiming Safe & Moving Bees PBS

Fort Parker, Aiming Safe & Moving Bees

Located along the Navasota River, Fort Parker State Park offers a tranquil setting for camping, hiking, biking and fishing. And there is some history there, too. When hunting in a group, each hunter has a safe zone of fire. Find out where that safe zone is, and why it's so important. Watch a bee specialist relocate a hive of honey bees, giving them a safe new home where they can keep on buzzing.

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Magazine

Return of the River Otter

River Otter

River otters are considered a “sentinel species” because they're very sensitive to pollution. By the 1970s they were reduced to a small population in Texas. But river otters are making a comeback and have been seen as far west as Austin. Watch this video of an otter having lunch at Fairfield Lake State Park. The otter's return indicates the waterways they enjoy are relatively healthy, good news for us all. Look for them on Texas Paddling Trails and the Great Texas Wildlife Trails in East Texas.

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Activities and Programs

Go Wild

Armadillo

Whether you are capturing wildlife with your camera, painting a beautiful landscape, or discovering a new place for your group to visit, there's plenty to do and see this spring at your Texas State Parks!

Dig into springtime fun!

Fishing

Federal Red Snapper Season

Red Snapper

The private recreational angler red snapper season opens Saturday, June 1, 2019 for a projected 97-days in federal waters. Red snapper fishing is open year around in state waters.

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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

Fishing

10 Spots to Fish a White Bass Run

White Bass on stringer

Spring means white bass are on the run, typically February through May. You'll find good fishing from river banks and by wading in the upper reaches of tributaries. Check out our list of 10 tried and true spots to find white bass in Central Texas. And don't miss our suggestions of seasonal bait for these tasty fish. In spring, you can expect to catch the limit: 25 per day with a 10” minimum length.

Boating

Protect the Lakes You Love

Play Now Clean, Drain, Dry Your Boat

Invasive species like giant salvinia and zebra mussels can ruin fishing, boating and swimming for everyone. You can't always tell if a lake is infested with invasive species, and even a small piece left on your boat or gear can infest another lake. That's why it's so important to always clean drain and dry your boat, trailer and gear before traveling from lake to lake. It's up to you to protect the lakes you love.

Learn more at www.tpwd.texas.gov/stopinvasives

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