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March 1, 2017

Stephen F. Austin State Park Reopens After Almost a Year of Flood Repairs

SAN FELIPE— After almost a year of repairs from the flooding last Memorial Day, Stephen F. Austin State Park is reopening its gates to visitors March 1.

Last Memorial Day, the park was under almost 7 feet of water after torrential rain hit the area. Most of the park’s facilities were under water including the park store, cabins, screened shelters, the Bullinger Creek Group dining hall, Bullinger Creek Lodge and nature center.

After months of clean up by park staff and volunteers, the park is opening their doors once again to visitors.

“Our staff has been working very closely with the community since last summer to rebuild the park and bring it back to the people of Austin County,” said Martha Garcia, park superintendent at Stephen F. Austin State Park. “The park positively impacts our community due to its location off IH-10, so it was very important to us to reopen and get back to business.”

Although some areas are still closed, the majority of the park is open for guests to enjoy – including the large overnight group shelter. The three areas still marked as closed include the Bullinger Creek Group dining hall, Bullinger Creek Lodge and nature center.

“We are looking forward to having park visitors spend some time at the park,” said Garcia. “There are still great times to be had at Stephen F. Austin State Park and we can’t wait to see everyone again soon.”

The park will begin taking reservations after March 1. To reserve a campsite, visit the Texas State Parks reservation page on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website.

For more information about Stephen F. Austin State Park, visit the park’s webpage.


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