River Access and Conservation Areas

Watch "The Rivers Are Yours" Video

In an urbanizing state with limited public lands, accessing the outdoors can be a tough task. A new program, in partnership with participating landowners, is helping paddlers and anglers access rivers across the state.” Watch video.

Leased Public Access

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has signed lease agreements that allow public river access across private land. Anglers and paddlers may use these leased areas for fishing and launching kayaks, canoes or other non-motorized boats.

Leased Areas by River Basin

Visit the links below for directions, details and any limitations on the use of individual sites.

Blanco River

Brazos River

Colorado River - downstream from Lady Bird Lake

Devils River

Guadalupe River

Llano River

Neches River - upstream from Lake Palestine

Sabine River - near Carthage

San Marcos River

Note: Some public access leases have expired, but commercial access may still be available. If you are looking for a site no longer listed here, please e-mail John Botros for contact information.

About this Program

River Access and Conservation Areas are currently funded by a combination of sources including donations from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, a grant award from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Sport Fish Restoration Program, and sales of the Texas Rivers Conservation License Plate. Download our fact sheet for more information on this program and how landowners can participate.

Watch Accessing Our Rivers: The RACA Team