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.


Golden Alga Photo Gallery

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Fish Kill Sites

View of bloom from the air Golden water 1 Fish kill at Jackson Bend, Lake Granbury, 2003, used with permission courtesy of Gary Turner of Brazos River Authority photo used with permission, courtesy of Gary Turner of Brazos River Authority Golden water 2 Golden water closeup Ice and golden water Partially eaten crappie indicates feeding on dead fish by other wildlife Foam is characteristic of golden alga bloom when water is agitated. More foam Foam up close Shad Drum A look at hemorrhaged gills Jackson Bend fish kill Fish Kill

Golden Alga Cells

Photo by Dr. Carmelo Tomas, University of North Carolina at Wilmington Photo by Dr. John LaClaire, University of Texas at Austin Cell photo 1 by Dave Buzan Cell photo 2 by Greg Southard Cell photo 3 by Dave Buzan Photo showing chloroplast by Greg Southard Cell photo 5 by Greg Southard Cel photo 6 by Greg Southard Cell photo 7 by Greg Southard Cell photo 8 by Greg Southard Cell photo 9 by Greg Southard Cell photo 10 by Greg Southard

Take Action
  • Report Kills - If you see a fish kill or suspect golden alga, contact TPWD's 24-hour communications centers at 512-389-4848 (Austin).
  • Get the Facts - TPWD has collaborated with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and other entities to produce a golden alga information card. Download a PDF from the TCEQ website or request a free hard copy from TPWD at