Get Ready for Summer Fun at Texas State Parks

ODESSA, Texas (KMID/KPEJ) – With summer fast approaching, Texas state parks are a great option for beating the summer heat.

When the weather heats up in Texas, it can be difficult to find places to cool off. Texas State Parks offers a variety of options for paddling, fishing and more.

Texas State Parks suggests make reservations for day passes up to 30 days before your visit or for overnight stays up to 5 months in advance. If your plans change, you can change or cancel your reservation so that someone else can enjoy the park.


One of the best ways to beat the summer heat is to get in the water! Always wear a life jacket and follow these tips to stay safe on the water on a boat.

Rent canoes, paddle boards or kayaks
Don’t have your own way of going on the water? Visit one of these parks with rental paddlers.

Where to go boating
Texas boaters can enjoy more than 150 lakes, 15 rivers and 3,700 streams. To find where you can go boating this summer.

Rock your boat
May 21-27 is National Boating Safety Week. Enjoy boating safely and review these tips before jumping into the water.


Fishing is a fun and relaxing way to enjoy the outdoors. And did you know that you can fish for free from the shore or from the pier in a state park?

where to fish
To find places to fish near you.

Fishing events
Many parks offer fishing events to help you hone your skills and hit the jackpot!

learn to fish
If you’re new to angling, check out these tips and tricks to help you get started.

Hack the Heat

Many animals are finding ways to adapt to the warmer weather in state parks. This porcupine finds refuge in the rocks and avoids further exposure to the midday sun. Learn more about the ways you can hack heat!

Heat Stroke vs Heat Exhaustion
Can you spot the difference? You could save someone’s life!

Summer dog days
Dogs love to hike with their people. But remember, they are wearing a fur coat! Keep your furry friend safe and follow these tips on how to protect your buddies and their paws.

Rest and relax

Too hot for tent camping? Many of our parks offer accommodation for the night in addition to camping. You can book facilities onlineexcept for collective installations.

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