- Federal Red Snapper Season Opens June 1
- Texas State Parks Provide Physical, Mental and Economic Benefits for Texans
- Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center Announces Inaugural “Spring Spawning Run”
Tips to plan your visit to a state park this spring.
Texas state parks are the perfect places to spend time outdoors as the weather warms up, but they're popular places to be. Make your day pass or overnight reservations as early as possible to guarantee your entry! Day passes can be reserved up to 30 days in advance, and overnight reservations can be made up to 5 months in advance.
Alternatives to doing business in person with TPWD.
Some Law Enforcement and Austin HQ offices are closed to customers for licenses and boat registration. Please consider the following online and mail-in options.
- Online Boat Registration
- Renew registration, obtain replacement documents and more online.
See available online boat registration options
- Mail-in Boat Requests
- Mail ownership transfer transaction requests to your nearest TPWD Law Enforcement Office:
- Contact TPWD Boat Section
- (800) 262-8755
- Fishing & Hunting Licenses
- Online purchase of licenses, stamps, tags & packages.
Buy fishing & hunting licenses
- Outdoor Annual
- Summary of Hunting, Fishing and Boating Regulations
View the Outdoor Annual or Download the app
- Boater Education
- Online courses are available for required boater education.
See available boater education courses
Law Enforcement Contacts
Birds and Birders
The sounds of the waves, a breeze in your face, and the peeps of a scurrying shorebird, you are birding at the beach and you didn't even know it. In the driest region of Texas, meet some ingenious landowners who created their own desert birding oases. The Rio Grande Valley is a haven for birds and birders alike. For Father Tom Pincelli, this area is an earthly paradise.
An Eye for Dragonfly
Move over, birds. Another flying creature is capturing the attention of Texas wildlife watchers. Perched by the side of a pond in an Arlington park, we watch the dragonfly drama unfold before us, an elemental spectacle of mating, dominance and, ultimately, survival.
Protect the Lakes You Love
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.