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Texas state website
4 Tips For Spring Break Visits
- Save the Day! Make a day use reservation to secure your entry into a park on a specific date.
- Plan a weekday visit to avoid the weekend crowd.
- Use the Texas State Parks app to locate alternative parks in case your first choice has hit capacity.
- Monitor individual parks on social media for capacity updates.
Where to Find Spring Bling
Texas wildflowers are world famous, and your state parks offer many opportunities for picnics and photos among the blossoms. For tips on where to go, read our magazine story listing state parks with wildflowers. Before you head out, you may want to check with the park to be sure the wildflowers are still in bloom. Keep an eye on our Flickr page for the latest photos of wildflowers at state parks.
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Devils River Advocates, Monahans Sandhills & the DNA Dude
The Devils River valley is about as wild as you can get in Texas. But there are threats to this natural place, and that’s got those passionate admirers worried. Sliding down dunes is just some of the fun in the sun at the unique landscape of Monahans Sandhills State Park. Fisheries science requires a lot of complex knowledge and instruments. Dijar Lutz-Carillo knows how to pull it all together.
Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine
In this Issue:
Danger in the Twilight Kingdom
Whether you are capturing wildlife with your camera, painting a beautiful landscape, or discovering a new place for your group to visit, there’s plenty to do and see this spring at your Texas State Parks!
Return of the River Otter
River otters are considered a “sentinel species” because they’re very sensitive to pollution. By the 1970s they were reduced to a small population in Texas. But river otters are making a comeback and have been seen as far west as Austin. Watch this video of an otter having lunch at Fairfield Lake State Park. The otter’s return indicates the waterways they enjoy are relatively healthy, good news for us all. Look for them on Texas Paddling Trails and the Great Texas Wildlife Trails in East Texas.
10 Spots to Fish a White Bass Run
Spring means white bass are on the run, typically February through May. You’ll find good fishing from river banks and by wading in the upper reaches of tributaries. Check out our list of 10 tried and true spots to find white bass in Central Texas. And don’t miss our suggestions of seasonal bait for these tasty fish. In spring, you can expect to catch the limit: 25 per day with a 10” minimum length.
Protect the Lakes You Love
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.