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Jan. 27, 2021

Balmorhea Closure Extended Due to Ongoing Construction

AUSTIN— Due to ongoing construction projects, Balmorhea State Park has extended its closure for the foreseeable future. A reopening date will be announced at a later date.

Jan. 19, 2021

Big Bass are Back as Lake Austin Produces Second Toyota ShareLunker Legacy Class Entry of 2021

AUSTIN – In less than a week, the second Legacy Class largemouth bass of the 2021 Toyota ShareLunker season was reeled in at Lake Austin Thursday evening January 14. Angler CJ Oates, from Lago Vista, Texas, caught the 13.02-pounder just a few days after “ShareLunker 586” was claimed at Sam Rayburn.

Jan. 15, 2021

Despite Pandemic, Great Texas Birding Classic Saw Record Participation in 2020

AUSTIN — For the first time, the 24th annual Great Texas Birding Classic (GTBC) took place in fall instead of spring last year after having been postponed due to the public health crisis. The postponement allowed event organizers to further plan and implement health and safety measures. Despite postponement, the event garnered a record 138 teams registered, with a total of 650 participants across the state.

Jan. 13, 2021

More Than 2,600 Visitors Hit the Trails for a First Day Hike at a Texas State Park

AUSTIN— Visitors from across Texas laced up their shoes and packed on plenty of layers to usher in 2021 with a First Day Hike at a Texas State Park. In total, 2,668 people hiked and biked a total of 8,173 miles statewide.

Sam Rayburn Logs First Toyota ShareLunker Legacy Class Bass Entry of 2021

AUSTIN – The second weekend of the 2021 Toyota ShareLunker season produced the first Legacy Class largemouth bass at Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Angler Travis Moore reeled in the 13.44-pounder using a Carolina rig during the Bass Champs tournament Saturday January 9.

Dec. 22, 2020

Enjoy Miles of Fun in 2021 on a First Day Hike at a Texas State Park

AUSTIN— Start the new year in nature with a First Day Hike at a Texas State Park. This New Year’s Day, walk, bike or paddle your way into 2021 on a First Day Hike at 89 Texas State Parks.

Disfruta millas de diversión en este 2021 en una Excursión del Día Primero en un Parque Estatal de Texas

AUSTIN — Inicia el Año Nuevo en la naturaleza con una Excursión del Día Primero en un parque estatal.  Este día primero del año podrás caminar, andar en bicicleta o remar para iniciar este 2021 en uno de los 89 parques estatales de Texas.

Dec. 10, 2020

Emergency Resuscitation Kits Aid in Rescue of Five-Year-Old in Starr County

AUSTIN— Thanks to funding provided by state lawmakers during the last legislative session, 500 Texas Game Wardens and Texas State Park Police Officers across Texas have been trained and equipped with emergency first aid and oxygen kits to help them respond to drownings and other emergencies. This newest addition to law enforcement’s arsenal came in handy recently when a five-year-old boy was rescued from a well in Starr County.

Dec. 2, 2020

Safely Make Your Holidays Merry and Bright at a Texas State Park, THC Historic Site

AUSTIN— Although holiday celebrations look a little different this year, Texas State Parks and the Texas Historical Commission State Historic Sites are hosting more than 50 events across the state to help bring in some holiday cheer. Thirty-two Texas State Parks and six State Historic Sites are presenting Christmas themed scavenger hunts, self-guided walks and virtual events.

Nov. 30, 2020

Four Texas Parks and Wildlife Films Featured in Wild Texas Film Tour

AUSTIN — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) will have four short films featured in this year’s virtual Wild Texas Film Tour starting on Dec. 1. The films spotlight experimental paddlefish stocking in Caddo Lake, Black Skimmers along the Texas Coast, research surrounding the Swift Fox in the Panhandle Plains and the diverse bayou habitats throughout the city of Houston.