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June 17, 2021

New Program Expands Fishing Access across Texas, Supports Freshwater Fish Habitat Projects

AUSTIN – The new Habitat and Angler Access Program (HAAP) will award grants to develop and increase shoreline and bank fishing access as well as restore and enhance fish habitat in Texas’ public inland waters. August 20 is the deadline to apply for grants under the new Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) program, which is funded from the sale of freshwater fishing licenses.

June 8, 2021

State Park Police Celebrate 50 Years Protecting Texas’ Wild Places

AUSTIN— Since 1971, a special group of law enforcement officers have been responsible for the safety, security and protection of the natural jewels in Texas and those who visit them.  In 2021, Texas State Park Police celebrate a half-century of   serving these special places and the  10 million state park annual visitors.

June 7, 2021

Bass Fishing’s Premier Event Returns to Lake Ray Roberts

FORT WORTH – The eyes of the fishing world will be on Lake Ray Roberts June 11-13 for the 51st Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk. It will be the third time bass fishing’s world championship event will be held in Texas having previously been held on Lake Texoma in 1979 and Lake Conroe in 2017.

June 3, 2021

Texas Game Wardens Wrap Up Busy Memorial Day Weekend Safety Efforts Statewide

AUSTIN – The Memorial Day weekend proved extremely busy for Texas Game Wardens, despite severe weather including storms, downpours and flooded rivers in some areas. Boating incidents statewide surpassed last year’s Memorial Day weekend numbers in almost every category.

June 1, 2021

El Día de Pesca Gratis en Texas está Programado para el 5 de Junio

AUSTIN — Los pescadores se están preparando por todo Texas para disfrutar el Día de Pesca Gratis el 5 de junio. Cada año, en el primer sábado de junio se les permite a los Texanos pescar en cualquier cuerpo de agua público en el estado sin necesidad de tener un permiso de pesca.

Free Fishing Day in Texas Slated for June 5

AUSTIN – Anglers across the State of Texas are gearing up for Free Fishing Day on June 5. The first Saturday in June each year allows Texans to fish on any public waterbody in the state without a fishing license.

May 27, 2021

Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission Awards $2.84 Million in Recreational Trail Grants to Texas Communities

AUSTIN— The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission approved $2.84 million dollars in grants to fund 18 motorized and non-motorized recreational trail-related projects across the state.

TPW Commissioner, Game Warden and Wildlife Biologist Recognized by TPW Commission

AUSTIN — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission (TPW) recognized a Texas Parks and Wildlife commissioner, a game warden and a wildlife biologist during today’s meeting for their contributions and efforts supporting the agency mission.

May 26, 2021

Boaters Urged to “Clean, Drain, and Dry” to Stop Invasive Species

AUSTIN – With Memorial Day and summertime temperatures is rapidly approaching, Texans will be getting out on the water.  Now more than ever, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is urging boaters and paddlers who hit the water this summer to do their part to fight back against aquatic invasive species, such as giant salvinia and zebra mussels, threatening Texas lakes.

May 25, 2021

2020 Boating Accidents at 30-Year High; Water Safety Urged for National Safe Boating Week Ahead of 2021 Boating Season

AUSTIN – In conjunction with National Safe Boating Week set for May 22-28, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) reminds Texans to be safe and vigilant this upcoming Memorial Day weekend and all summer long by following the law and taking basic safety precautions while on the water.