Note: This item is more than seven years old. Please take the publication date into consideration for any date references.

PrintPlain TextPermalink

News Release
Media Contact:
TPWD News,, 512-389-8030

Feb. 18, 2010

McKinney Falls State Park Holds 1st Annual Duck Dash Feb. 20

AUSTIN — The Friends of McKinney Falls present the first annual McKinney Falls Duck Dash on Feb. 20, when visitors will send hundreds of rubber ducks over the falls for a chance to win prizes, with proceeds from the event to support the park.

The event will work like a raffle. Participants will buy rubber ducks instead of raffle tickets, and they will be let loose at the upper falls on Onion Creek at McKinney Falls State Park in southeast Austin. The duck that goes over the falls first wins.

Prizes include gift certificates to stores such as Academy’s Sports and Outdoors, Esther’s Follies and Callahan’s General Store. Participants will also have the chance to win a coupon for a free night at the La Quinta Inn in Cedar Park and a 10-inch Texas Star wall plaque.

The Friends of McKinney Falls are holding the Duck Dash to help support their efforts at McKinney Falls State Park. The group was founded in 2006 by a group of park regulars dedicated to the preservation and support of the park. Other events sponsored by the group include native garden and pond restoration, Jr. Ranger Day Camp, nature hikes and summer concert and movie nights.

Each duck costs $5 and the Duck Dash starts at 12 p.m. Participants should arrive by 11:30 a.m. to buy ducks and get ready for the big event.

Information about McKinney Falls State Park, including operating hours, fees and facilities, plus maps and directions to the park, are on the TPWD Web site. Visitors can also watch a short video online about the park, showing the waterfalls, trails, swimming, fishing and other opportunities.

On the Net:

TH 2010-02-18

More Information:

Publication — Permission is granted to publish, in whole or in part, any news releases on this page.

Print — A print-friendly version of the news release shows only the release with font sizes set to the browser default.

Plain Text — Plain text versions of TPWD news releases are provided for copying and pasting into editing software.

To copy text into an editing software:

  • Click a Plain Text link to display the plain text page in your browser.
  • Select all.
  • Copy.
  • Paste in a document in your editing program.

Permalink — This is a direct link to the news release, omitting the navigation context from the URI.

English/Spanish — News releases posted in both English and Spanish have one of these links.

If you have any suggestions for improving these pages, send an e-mail to and mention Plain Text Pages.

(5.4.16 i)