Practice social distancing even when outdoors.

Please follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Check the status of the location you're planning to visit.

Some Texas state parks, TPWD offices, public recreation facilities and water access points are closed.

See list of temporary closures and operations adjustments.

TPWD temporarily modifies operations.

Texas State Parks updates.

For the latest information, follow TPWD News on Twitter, find TPWD on Facebook or check back here.

Temporary closures and operations adjustments are currently in effect.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is tracking the evolving health situation with local and state officials and will adjust as necessary.

See alternatives to doing business in person

See Operations Adjustments

Alternatives to doing business in person with TPWD.

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

Hunting, Fishing & Boating

New Season, New Regulations

Outdoor Annual - Fishing

The new fishing seasons bring new rules and regulations. Get the free Outdoor Annual mobile app now and be in-the-know when you're afield or afloat. Once downloaded, the app can be used to access the regulations information even when you don't have an internet connection. New this year: view your license within the app! Regulations can also be found online at




A new era of Toyota ShareLunker is underway! The year-round season began Jan. 1, and now anglers who catch a bass that's at least 8 lbs. or 24" can enter their catch online or in the ShareLunker app. Participants will receive a catch kit, achievement decal, ShareLunker gear, and entry into a drawing for prizes including a $5,000 shopping spree!

Learn more at

Watch TPW Television

Airing on PBS this Week

Play Now Crazy Ants, Birding Legend, Pigfoot Deer

Crazy Ants, Birding Legend, Pigfoot Deer

Some invasive ants are driving biologists crazy, but new research into control methods is underway at the lab and in the field. Victor Emanuel has been chasing birds for over 70-years, and inspiring thousands of others to do the same. Dating back to 1885, the Head Family has worked to preserve the Pigfoot Ranch's pristine native prairie savannahs and its crystal-clear creeks.

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Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine

Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine May 2020 cover

In this Issue:
In My Backyard


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Federal Red Snapper Season

Red Snapper

The private recreational angler red snapper season opens Monday, June 1, 2020 for a projected 63-days in federal 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


How to Find a Spot to Fish Close to Home

Father and son fishing on Lake Bastrop

The closer to home you fish, the more time you get on the water. Try any of these 3 useful tools to find places to fish near your home:

Some lake and river access points may be closed during the pandemic. Many have contact information listed, so confirm the area is open before you head out. Check our Temporary Closures and Operations Adjustments for any Texas fishing updates related to COVID-19.


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 Stop Invasives