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July 1, 2021

Six Tips to Beat the Heat Before Hitting the Trails at a Texas State Park

AUSTIN— Last year, as temperatures soared into the triple digits in Texas, staff at 39 Texas State Parks handled 132 heat-related illnesses in humans and pets. Now that the summer has officially begun and temperatures are steadily climbing, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is sharing their top six heat hacks for staying safe in the outdoors.

Seis Consejos Útiles para Combatir el Calor Antes de Recorrer los Senderos de los Parques Estatales de Texas

AUSTIN — El año pasado, cuando las temperaturas subíeron y sobrepasaron los tres dígitos en Texas, el personal de 39 Parques Estatales de Texas atendió 132 casos de enfermedades relacionadas con el calor, tanto en personas como en mascotas.  Ahora que oficialmente ha iniciado el verano y las temperaturas empiezan a elevarse, el Departamento de Parques y Vida Silvestre de Texas les ofrece sus seis consejos más importantes para mantenerse seguros al aire libre.

June 30, 2021

TPWD Emphasizes Importance for Boaters to “Clean, Drain, and Dry”

AUSTIN – Over the holiday weekend, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is urging boaters to do their part to fight back against aquatic invasive species, such as zebra mussels and giant salvinia, which are threating Texas lakes.

June 24, 2021

Join Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine’s Great Outdoor Scavenger Hunt for Fun Summer Adventure

AUSTIN – The Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine’s Great Outdoor Scavenger Hunt (GOSH) returns for another year of summer fun across Texas. Travel to various locations regionally or statewide, take a selfie and post it with the hashtag #GOSH2021. Discover history, wildlife, parks, waterways and quirky attractions — plus iconic Texas food stops as a “bonus” to enjoy along the way. The GOSH 2021 challenge ends at midnight on Labor Day, Sept. 6.

June 17, 2021

Lake Brownwood, Medina Lake, and Inks Lake Now Fully “Infested” with Zebra Mussels

AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has designated Lake Brownwood, Inks Lake, and Medina Lake in the Colorado and San Antonio River basins as ‘infested’ with invasive zebra mussels. Infested status signifies that there is an established, reproducing population of zebra mussels in the lake. The designation is a result of recent sampling efforts that revealed evidence that zebra mussels in Lake Brownwood and Medina Lake are now fully established and reproducing and detection of a new infestation in Inks Lake.

June 14, 2021

Balmorhea State Park Pool Reopens June 26

TOYAHVALE— The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is excited to announce that the spring-fed swimming pool and day use area at Balmorhea State Park will reopen to the public on June 26. The pool and day use areas only will be open from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. or sunset, whichever comes first. Light construction is still ongoing in the pool area, so the public is asked to remain vigilant.

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 3, 2021

New Texas State Park Reservation Features Bring Opportunities for Summer Adventure

AUSTIN— Find adventure with friends and family this summer at a Texas State Park. Two new features, now available on the Texas State Park Online Reservations webpage, make it easier than ever to plan spontaneous camping trips. Visitors can now see and reserve available campsites for the same day and for the upcoming weekend.

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.