State Parks Getaways – May 2019

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Harnessing Renewable Energy for Parks

solar roof at Dinosaur State Valley Park

Wind and solar power currently provide 100% renewable energy to about half of all your state parks. By using sustainable, renewable energy, CO2 emissions are lowered, and money previously spent on energy can be used for park improvements instead. Visit our Sunny Portal page to find out which parks have renewable energy, then click on the park names to see how well it's working.

In April, 3 more parks received solar panel installations through our partnership with Green Mountain Energy: Dinosaur Valley, Eisenhower, and Estero Llano Grande. All the renewable energy systems at parks are grid-tied, so more energy can be pulled from the grid if needed. 

Read about other ways we work to reduce energy costs and conserve natural resources in the magazine story, Going Green.

Relax and Enjoy Free Fishing

dad showing son in cowboy hat how to fish

The weather's warming up, and wildflowers are in bloom – it's the perfect time for a relaxing fishing trip at a park!

Did you know you can fish from the shore or a pier at any state park for free? And to make it easy, many parks will lend you fishing gear. You just bring bait and a smile.

Try fishing at any of these parks, and check out the angling tips for each location:

Many parks have fishing spots, so grab the family or a group of friends and try it. If you don't want to eat the fish, it's also lots of fun to safely catch and release them. See you out there!

Listen to the new podcast, Under the Texas Sky, with link

Join the Great Outdoor Scavenger Hunt   

GOSH illustration of participants and link to video

Explore state parks while participating in the Great Outdoor Scavenger Hunt (GOSH) this summer. It's free and easy to play: pick from 30 outdoor activities, take a selfie doing that activity, then post it on your favorite social media outlet with #GOSHTX.

You've got 5 categories to choose from: Wildlife, Splash, Natural Wonders, On the Edge and History. And with at least 4 state parks in each category, you'll have plenty of places to play.  

Get started today – download the free Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine app to begin your GOSH adventure.

Hey Campers! Pick Your Site for Summer

camp by lake with link to video

Summer's peeking around the corner, and it's a super-popular time for camping. Nab your favorite site online now, using our new reservation system that allows you to pick a specific campsite and reserve it up to 5 months in advance. 

Camping in a group? Reserve up to 5 sites for the same park and time period. If you need to reserve more than 5 sites, call our Customer Service Center at (512) 389-8920. 

Do you plan to explore new horizons this summer? Check out our list of types of campsites and the parks that have them. We've got everything from 50-amp pads for RVs to secluded primitive sites. Refer to the reservations FAQ for more information and remember, life's better outside – especially in a park!