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March 16, 2023

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour Returns to Austin After Two-Year Hiatus

AUSTIN — Adventure lovers, grab your popcorn and head to the historic Paramount Theatre in downtown Austin May 5 and 6 for the return of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. This is the 16th year that Whole Earth Provision Company has hosted the tour in Austin and the 10th year that Texas State Parks has been the beneficiary of the event. The Austin audiences are among the largest of the festival tour.

TPWD Reminds Hunters of Mandatory Harvest Reporting in Select Texas Counties Ahead of Season Opener

AUSTIN- As the Texas spring turkey season rapidly approaches, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) reminds hunters that all counties with a one-bird bag limit have mandatory harvest reporting requirements. Hunters must report their harvest within 24 hours through the My Texas Hunt Harvest app or the TPWD website.

March 15, 2023

Consejos para Disfrutar las Vacaiones de Primavera en los Parques Estatales de Texas

AUSTIN- Con las vacaciones de primavera a la vuelta de la esquina, la mayoría de los texanos están afinando detalles para viajar a sus lugares favoritos en busca de sol y diversión.  Si esperaste hasta el último minuto para encontrar algo que hacer, no temas. Algunos Parques Estatales de Texas todavía tienen disponibilidad durante el día y la noche para cualquiera que todavía esté buscando su próxima aventura al aire libre. El personal del parque brinda consejos muy útiles para que aproveches al máximo tu visita a los parques.

Tips for Making New Outdoor Memories at a Texas State Park This Spring Break

AUSTIN— With Spring Break around the corner, most Texans are finalizing plans to travel to their favorite places in search of sun and fun.  If you’ve waited until the last minute to find something to do, never fear. Some Texas State Parks still have day-use and overnight availability for anyone still looking for their next outdoor adventure. Park staff have helpful tips about how to make the most of your state park visit.

TPWD Receives Grants To Help Increase Fishing and Boating

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has been awarded a pair of R3 program grants by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) to support state recruitment, retention and reactivation (R3) initiatives to increase fishing and boating participation. Texas is one of only nine states to receive a grant and the only state to be awarded funding for two separate programs.

March 14, 2023

O.H. Ivie Sets New Benchmark with Latest Legacy Lunker

ATHENS – O.H. Ivie reached another milestone on Saturday with its 13th Legacy Class fish of the 2023 Toyota ShareLunker collection season. Lee Beuershausen of Marble Falls reeled in 13.34-pound ShareLunker 648 to set a new collection season record of Legacy Lunkers for O.H. Ivie, bringing the overall total for the year to 16.

March 13, 2023

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Announces Temporary Reopening of Fairfield Lake State Park

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) announces it will temporarily reopen Fairfield Lake State Park for free day-use-only visitation beginning March 14.

March 9, 2023

Legislators Support Saving “Our Park”: House Committee on Culture, Recreation & Tourism

AUSTIN—Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and its Commission welcome the support expressed by legislators during a Thursday hearing of the House Committee on Culture, Recreation & Tourism. Committee members reiterated their desire to continue communication with TPWD, Vistra Corp. and Todd Interests to save Fairfield Lake State Park.

March 8, 2023

Mother Neff State Park Receives Lone Star Legacy Designation

WACO— Mother Neff State Park in Waco received the Lone Star Legacy Park designation by the Texas Recreation and Parks Society (TRAPS) at a ceremony at their annual institute in Frisco on March 2. Mother Neff State Park was the only state park to receive the award from seven parks nominated this year.

Hunting Prospects Favorable this Spring in Areas with Historically Strong Turkey Populations

AUSTIN – While the 2022 drought and heat have reduced wild turkey numbers across Texas, hunters who hit the field this spring should see plenty of birds in areas that typically house huntable populations of wild turkeys.