Get Outside in 2019

Make a resolution to visit Texas State Parks this year.

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TPW Commission Meeting, January 23-24, 2019, TPWD Headquarters, Austin, TX.

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Rainbow Trout Return

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout are at 19 designated Neighborhood Fishin' lakes in 10 urban areas of Texas, plus more than 150 other sites statewide.

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State Parks

Getting Better For You

Family biking in a Ray Roberts Lake State Park

The parks reservation system is undergoing changes to better help you plan your day or overnight trip to a state park. Soon you'll be able to pick your site, “save the day” with optional day use reservations, and purchase your Texas State Parks Pass online. Learn more about the changes coming to Texas State Parks.

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Play Now Saving Sharks, Trail Family Ranch & Campus Camper PBS

Saving Sharks, Trail Family Ranch & Campus Camper

Sharks are disappearing from the world's oceans at an alarming rate but efforts are underway along the Texas coast to help save these wolves of the ocean. Recognizing that habitat restoration doesn't happen overnight, one Texas family has taken a step-by-step approach to managing their ranch. Palo Duro Canyon's youngest park host has found a way to save money on housing while attending college.

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5 Winter Birding Hotspots

Winter Birding

Winter birding offers relief from the heat and an opportunity to see new and rare feathered visitors to the state. It's time to put on your woolen cap and bundle up with some beautiful birds in some of the best birding areas of Texas.

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December 2018 Magazine cover

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Activities and Programs

Get Healthy in State Parks

Get Healthy in State Parks

Start the year off right! Your state parks have some of the best activities and programs for your physical, mental, and social health goals.

Cheers to a Healthy 2019!

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.

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4 Recipes to Dress Up Venison for the Holidays

Preparing Venison

Ready to embrace your inner chef? Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine visited chef Jesse Griffiths' venison prep class and came away with 4 venison recipes for pho soup, chorizo sausage, liver pâte and stuffed venison flank. There's sure to be one that will wow your holiday crowd, whatever the event.

If you have a favorite venison recipe you'd like to spice up, the story also includes a list of herbs, spices and other flavorings that complement deer meat. Serve your wild game harvest with pride and have a savory holiday!


Duck Hunters: Protect the Lakes You Love

Play Now Clean, Drain, Dry Your Boat

Invasive species like giant salvinia can grow quickly and cover expanses of fresh water, blocking access for hunters to prime waterfowl hunting areas. Invasive species can move to new lakes by hitching a ride on your boat, trailer or gear. Stop the spread and protect the lakes you love by always taking time to clean, drain and dry your boat, trailer and gear when you travel from lake to lake.

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Tracking Downed Game

Kyle tracking game

Every responsible hunter wants to make a clean shot, one that takes down game within sight. But even with a well-placed shot, you may find yourself trailing a wounded animal to recover it. Be prepared by reading Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine's tips to track and recover wounded game.

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