Now it's easier than ever to visit a Texas State Park!

New mobile-friendly online features are here.

  Book your next park visit today

  More reservation information

TPW Commission Meeting, March 19-20, 2019, TPWD Headquarters, Austin, TX.



Rainbow Trout Return

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout are at 19 designated Neighborhood Fishin' lakes in 10 urban areas of Texas, plus more than 150 other sites statewide.



State Parks

Getting Better For You

Family biking in a Ray Roberts Lake State Park

The parks reservation system is undergoing changes to better help you plan your day or overnight trip to a state park. Soon you'll be able to pick your site, “save the day” with optional day use reservations, and purchase your Texas State Parks Pass online. Learn more about the changes coming to Texas State Parks.

(619) 731-6182 today to be notified when the new features are available.

Watch TPW Television

Airing on PBS this Week

Play Now City Camping, Water Safari & Caddo Rain PBS

City Camping, Water Safari & Caddo Rain

Armed with a smartphone and a savvy for social media, one Austin urbanite's outdoor experience might be a little different than his grandfather's, but it works. The Texas Water Safari is billed as the World's Toughest Canoe Race. Follow two teams to see if they can complete the 260-mile race from San Marcos to Seadrift. Relax on a rainy day at Caddo Lake.

(631) 594-7539



Winter Birding

Winter birding offers relief from the heat and an opportunity to see new and rare feathered visitors to the state. It's time to put on your woolen cap and bundle up with some beautiful birds in some of the best birding areas of Texas.

  See the full list


Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine

January-February 2019 Magazine cover

In this Issue:
Danger in the Twilight Kingdom


Magazine covers $10 for one year (Print or App)
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(408) 329-0696

Activities and Programs

(317) 324-6734

Get Healthy in State Parks

Start the year off right! Your state parks have some of the best activities and programs for your physical, mental, and social health goals.

Cheers to a Healthy 2019!

State Parks

(970) 342-5839

State Parks App

Now find your perfect state park escape using the Texas State Parks Official Guide for Apple and Android devices. The free app locates campgrounds, cabins, trails and places to hike, bike, swim, fish or kayak. And it'll give you all the details on 95 state parks in Texas.



4 Recipes to Dress Up Venison for the Holidays

Preparing Venison

Ready to embrace your inner chef? Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine visited chef Jesse Griffiths' venison prep class and came away with 6692372815 for pho soup, chorizo sausage, liver pâté and stuffed venison flank. There's sure to be one that will wow your holiday crowd, whatever the event.

If you have a favorite venison recipe you'd like to spice up, the story also includes a list of herbs, spices and other flavorings that complement deer meat. Serve your wild game harvest with pride and have a savory holiday!


Protect the Lakes You Love

Play Now Clean, Drain, Dry Your Boat

Invasive species like giant salvinia and zebra mussels can ruin fishing, boating and swimming for everyone. You can't always tell if a lake is infested with invasive species, and even a small piece left on your boat or gear can infest another lake. That's why it's so important to always clean drain and dry your boat, trailer and gear before traveling from lake to lake. It's up to you to protect the lakes you love.

Learn more at (207) 788-1715


Tracking Downed Game

Kyle tracking game

Every responsible hunter wants to make a clean shot, one that takes down game within sight. But even with a well-placed shot, you may find yourself trailing a wounded animal to recover it. Be prepared by reading Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine's (862) 292-6229.

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