Temporary Closures and Operations Adjustments

Overview

Temporary closures and operations adjustments will remain in effect for the foreseeable future. TPWD continues to monitor the evolving health situation and will adjust operations at department sites and facilities as necessary. Please follow guidance from local authorities, Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The public is encouraged to follow the TPWD News Twitter and Facebook accounts and to monitor this page for the most up-to-date information.

Updated January 28, 2021.


State Parks

  • Parks are open for day use and limited camping.
    • All state parks that can be are open for day use and limited camping. Some capacity limits are in place.
    • Day pass and camping reservations are highly recommended. Make reservations online or by calling (512) 389-8900.
    • We are taking reservations for overnight stays up to five months in advance.
    • Most park headquarters, visitor centers and stores are open.
  • Guidelines to follow when you visit:

Fishing

Fisheries

  • Sea Center Texas in Lake Jackson and the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens are partially open for public visitation. Both facilities will have enhanced safety measures that comply with CDC guidelines and Governor Abbott's executive orders.

Boating

Boat Registration

Wildlife Management Areas

  • Most WMAs are open to overnight camping. Call area in advance for more detailed information.
  • Winners of drawn hunts should contact the hunt managers for further information.

Law Enforcement Office Status

  • Law Enforcement offices are open.
  • Social distancing, face coverings, and other public health measures are mandatory for all customers.
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Law Enforcement offices could close without prior notice due to unforeseen circumstances related to health and safety of the public and employees. (maintenance, covid or serve weather conditions )
  • February 26-March 8, 2021- Lufkin office closed 1-2pm

  • Offices closed the following holidays:
    • MLK Day- January 18, 2021
    • President's Day - February 15, 2021
    • Memorial Day - May 31, 2021
    • Labor Day- September 6, 2021
    • Veteran's Day - November 11, 2021
    • Christmas Eve/Christmas Day
    • New Year's Day 
  • Appointments are required at TPWD Headquarters in Austin.

Austin Headquarters

  • Main HQ employee offices are open on a limited capacity.
  • Airport Commerce Park offices are open on a limited capacity.

News Releases