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Brazos Bend

State Park - Texas

Brazos Bend State Park is along the Brazos River in Needville, Texas. The park is a haven for a diverse mix of native wildlife and plants covering an equally diverse range of ecosystems. Brazos Bend contains areas of coastal prairie, bottomland forest, and a wide range of wetlands including open and semi-open lakes and transitional marshlands. Highlights of the Park's numerous inhabitants include over 300 species of resident and visiting migratory birds and mammals such as the white-tailed deer, nine-banded armadillo, raccoon, and North American river otter. The most noteworthy and popular residents of the park are the relatively large population of American alligators. The park is open year-round, with the exception of several weekends a year during which it is closed for controlled hunts to manage the white-tailed deer population.

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Trails Map of Brazos Bend State Park (SP) in Texas. Published by Texas Parks & Wildlife.Brazos Bend - Trails Map

Trails Map of Brazos Bend State Park (SP) in Texas. Published by Texas Parks & Wildlife.

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Campground Map of Brazos Bend State Park (SP) in Texas. Published by Texas Parks & Wildlife.

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Trails Map of Brazos Bend State Park (SP) in Texas. Published by Texas Parks & Wildlife.

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Interpretive Guide of Brazos Bend State Park (SP) in Texas. Published by Texas Parks & Wildlife.

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Rack Card of Brazos Bend State Park (SP) in Texas. Published by Texas Parks & Wildlife.

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Brazos Bend SP https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/brazos-bend https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazos_Bend_State_Park Brazos Bend State Park is along the Brazos River in Needville, Texas. The park is a haven for a diverse mix of native wildlife and plants covering an equally diverse range of ecosystems. Brazos Bend contains areas of coastal prairie, bottomland forest, and a wide range of wetlands including open and semi-open lakes and transitional marshlands. Highlights of the Park's numerous inhabitants include over 300 species of resident and visiting migratory birds and mammals such as the white-tailed deer, nine-banded armadillo, raccoon, and North American river otter. The most noteworthy and popular residents of the park are the relatively large population of American alligators. The park is open year-round, with the exception of several weekends a year during which it is closed for controlled hunts to manage the white-tailed deer population.
For assistance using this map, contact the park. i. m o wH r Ne mi. .7 -1 1m i. Trail ugh Slo nt Live Oak Trail - 1.7 mi. ek Cre Visit Our Gift Shops At the Park Headquarters, Nature Center and George Observatory. Firewood available between Park Host sites. © 2020 TPWD PWD MP P4504-110L (2/20) Texas State Parks is a division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. PARK RESERVATIONS TexasStateParks.org ParquesDeTexas.org Interpretive Trail Biking Trail Group Picnic Pavilion Parking Fishing Pier Playground Nature Center Wildlife Viewing Trash Container Laundry Residence Maintenance Unimproved Trail Paved Trail Stabilized Trail Marsh 21901 F.M. 762 Needville, TX 77461 (979) 553-5101, Ext. 0 Prairie Trail - 1.1 mi. TPWD receives funds from the USFWS. TPWD prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, and gender, pursuant to state and federal law. To request an accommodation or obtain information in an alternative format, please contact TPWD on a Text Telephone (TTY) at (512) 389-8915 or by Relay Texas at 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2989 or by email at accessibility@tpwd.texas.gov. If you believe you have been discriminated against by TPWD, please contact TPWD, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX 78744, or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office for Diversity and Workforce Management, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041. ail - 4 mi . 30 keye T r Creekfield Interpretive Trail: Foot traffic only – .5 mile paved loop. Self-guided booklet available at Nature Center. Trail - .3 mi. Pi la .2 mi. eye Trail Red Buc Whit eoa k Re Trail dB uck ye ucke Ac i. - m i. l Ha il Tra i. 2m dB George Observatory Public Viewing Saturdays, 3 – 10 p.m. (979) 553-3400 oop eL ak eL Wheelchair Accessible Picnic Area Wh iteoak Trail - .2 Challenger Learning Center Re 72 Overflow Camping Sites SPEED LIMIT Water and Electric Sites Bank Fishing Big PARK ROAD Youth Group Camp Area Hiking Trail ver B s Ri 6 13 4 13 3 13 12 1 1 9 1227 124 5 122 .5 mi. stem Trail lue .75 mi. 0 8 14 13 6 12 23 1 .1 10 1 10 2 10 4 10 5 9 7 13 13 35 1 114 11 5 .26 m eL oo pT ra il 1 7 10 109 11 3 1 11 112 k Trail Elm Lak 6 10 108 10 1 mi. .5 mi. Entrance/ Exit Showers Dining Hall ake 40 Firewood Lake ugh t Slo Ho 40 Acre Lake Composting Toilet Amphitheater Hale L Pilan Elm Lake Observation Tower mi. ollow Trail - .9 41 .6 .6 1 Creekfield Cr ee k Restrooms Screened Shelter mi. Whiteoa Nature Center open Mon.–Fri., 11 a.m.–3 p.m.; Sat.–Sun., 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Trail 201 7 11 9 11 21 1 s se ree k Lake Trail - 1 .2 mi. re ot sH 204 3 14 2 12 4 5 10 7 9 6 8 11 Burr Oak Camping Area g Bi Pilant Lake 206 Bluestem Whiteoak Trail 13 234 208 i. 200 State Parks Store/Gift Shop Dump Station Entrance to equestrian trails and multiple use backcountry trails. Refer to trail map for more information. m Firewood 210 11 120 Bi gC Primitive Campsites & Parking 211 9 21 2200 8 7 20 5 203 202 Headquarters Primitive Sites (Walk-in) 213 212 .2 232 231 233 214 10 0 10 3 229 216 6 11 8 H Old or k ree Big C rail mT este Trail Blu ak iteo Wh • Red Buckeye Camping 215 • • • ABSOLUTELY DO NOT FEED OR ANNOY THE ALLIGATORS. Keep pets on a leash no longer than six feet. Do not throw objects in water for your dog to retrieve. Keep at least 30 ft. from an alligator – do not assume they’re slow-moving. Do not swim in or wade into any water in Brazos Bend State Park. If an alligator goes after a fish you have caught, cut the line and let the alligator have the fish. Avoid any alligator sunning itself in the middle of the trail or lake bank. Stay clear of grasses, twigs and/or soil near the side of a trail: it may be a nest and the mother alligator is probably close by guarding it. • If an alligator opens its mouth and hisses, you have come too close. Retreat slowly; make no quick moves. Keep your eyes on the alligator. www.brazosbend.org N LEGEND • • • • • • • To learn more about volunteering at the park or to make a tax-deductible contribution, stop by the Nature Center or visit 220 7 21 9 21221 222 225 223 4 227 22 226 228 230 • • • • • • Brazos Bend State Park Volunteer Organization CHECK OUT time is 12 p.m. or renew permit by 9 a.m. (pending availability). Public consumption or display of an alcoholic beverage in a public place is prohibited. All non-campers must vacate park by 10 p.m. Park gates close and LOCK at 10 p.m. Maximum of eight people per campsite. Quiet time is from 10 p.m. – 6 a.m. Excess parking fee is required at campsites with more than two vehicles (including trailers). Trash dumpsters are conveniently located on all camping loops. Campsite must be kept clean. GRAY WATER AND BLACK WATER MUST BE DISCHARGED ONLY AT DUMP STATIONS. Only one unit per site is permitted to hook up to utilities. Pets must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet and must be attended at all times.
50' 62' 50' ' 50 Brazos Bend Trails Map 51' 49' ' 25 Sawmill Rd 50' 50' 50 ' 50' ' 50 17' 17' 49' 1.79 50' ' 50 50' 0.0 1 .6 ' Sawmill Trail 1.8 mi. 50' 0.31 ' 25 River View Trail 1.8 mi. Bayou Trail 1.4 mi. 1. 15 50' ve r Ri os az Br .23 Parking Restroom e ak le L Primitive Toilet White Oak Trail 1.7 mi. Equestrian Camping ' .64 .17 .21 54' Big Creek .24 Red Buckeye Trail 1.4 mi. 25' .21 No claims are made as to the accuracy of the data nor to its suitability for a particular use. 50' .28 All trails are hiking and biking unless 50' otherwise indicated. Contour intervals 25 feet. Map compiled by Texas State Parks staff. In accordance with Texas State Depository Law, this .16 Observatory Trail 0.03 mi. (Hiking Only) .5 .21 Ha publication is available at the Texas State Publications ' 50 ' 50 SCALE IN MILES 0.5 0 Headquarters Franky's Dam Trail 0.5 mi. .05 Cree 5 .41 Yellowstone Landing Trail 0.3 mi. LEGEND .26 .24 Hale Lake Loop 1.9 mi. Creekfield Lake Woodland Trail 0.6 mi. 3 .1 7 Prairie Trail 1.3 mi. .56 6 .4 Pilant Slough Trail 1.2 mi. Live Oak Trail 1.7 mi. 55 40 Acre Lake Trail 1.2 mi. 50 ' 4 1. ' .25 67' 65' 6 .4 .24 ' 50' .36 Elm Lake Spillway Trail 0.6 mi. .72 Big Creek Bridge Trail Hale Lake Woodland 0.5 mi. Trail .66 0.4 mi. .28 ' FM 762 1 .33 2 40 Acre Lake .44 50 ' .34 .12 72 ' .69 Park Entrance .46 .35 .12 50' .11 68' ' Creekfield Lake ADA Trail 0.5 mi. (Hiking Only) .53 Campsites with Water & Electricity Overflow Campsites Wildlife Viewing 49' Fishing Pier Interpretive Center Group Building Picnic Sites Clearinghouse and/or Texas Depository Libraries. Playground © 2018 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department PWD MP P4504-0110Z (7/18) Amphitheater Texas State Parks is a division of the Texas Parks and 1 Wildlife Department. 67' POINTS OF INTEREST 57' 3 YELLOWSTONE LANDING 29° 23' 44.27"N 95° 32' 49.76"W The steamer "Yellowstone" passed this point many 56' times during the Texas Revolution and Republic era. Today it's a great fishing location. 6 THE CISTERN AT THE NATURE CENTER 29° 22' 35.11"N 95° 35' 48.74"W A clue that a house once stood here, this underground water storage and collection tank provided water during the 1800s, before modern utilities existed. 7 PRAIRIE PLATFORM ON PRAIRIE TRAIL 29° 22' 4.35"N 95° 37' 45.37"W This platform provides excellent views of restored coastal prairie, a remnant of an ecosystem that once covered millions of acres of prehistoric Texas. (GPS 68' coordinates shown in degrees, minutes, seconds) 1 ELM LAKE WILDLIFE VIEWING PLATFORM 29° 22' 37.23"N 95° 36' 20.60"W This well-equipped deck provides spectacular panoramic views of the many wildlife species that live in Elm Lake. 4 CREEKFIELD LAKE ADA INTERPRETIVE TRAIL 29° 22' 31.71"N 95° 35' 46.48"W A microcosm of the entire park, this paved route includes interpretive sign panels and makes wildlife accessible for all. 2 OBSERVATION TOWER AT 40 ACRE LAKE 29° 22' 25.89"N 95° 37' 22.49"W Ascend this tower for memorable views of the sunsets, sunrises, marshes, lakes and 59' hardwood wetlands that set Brazos Bend apart. 5 OBSERVATORY 29° 22' 30.19"N 95° 35' 36.87"W Journey to the stars at this astronomical observatory operated by the Houston Museum of Natural Science. 50' R 102 Bluestem Trail 1.0 mi. ' .14 .53 Elm Lake Loop 1.7 mi. Hoot's Hollow Trail 0.5 mi. New Horseshoe Lake Lake Horseshoe Lake Old Loop Horseshoe 1.3 mi. Lake Pilant Lake ' .61 kfield ' 50 64' 50' 0.5 .79 Campground Trail 0.3 mi. ' 25 3 50' American Alligator ' 50 25' 7 1.7 Big Creek Loop 1.7 mi. 65' 4 21901 F.M. 762 Needville, TX 77461 (979) 553-5101 www.texasstateparks.org 50 ' FM 1462 TPWD receives funds from the USFWS. TPWD prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, and gender, pursuant to state and federal law. To request an accommodation or obtain information in an alternative format, please contact TPWD on a Text Telephone (TDD) at (512) 389-8915 or by Relay Texas at 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2989. If you believe you have been discriminated against by TPWD, please contact TPWD or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office for Diversity and Workforce Management, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041. 48' 50' 50' 25 Brazos Bend Trails Map Explore the ecological crossroads of Brazos Bend. FOR EMERGENCIES, PLEASE CALL 9-1-1. TRAIL DISTANCE TIME DIFFICULTY DESCRIPTION BIG CREEK LOOP 1.7 mi. 1 hr. Moderate This primitive trail takes visitors on a hike along the creek and to the park’s Loop Trail north boundary. ELM LAKE LOOP 1.7 mi. 1 hr. Moderate This very popular route gives you some of the best wildlife viewing anywhere. RED BUCKEYE TRAIL 1.4 mi. 90 min. Moderate For visitors looking to get away from the crowds and take a walk in the woods, this trail offers miles of tranquility and wild discover
Great Blue Heron A CONVERGENCE ZONE FOR A STATE PARK • You are visiting a nature preserve as well as a recreation area. Help us protect the park’s wildlife diversity and ensure your safety by observing park rules. • Stay on designated trails. Keep a safe distance from alligators. Be sure your pets remain on a leash. • Call the park to schedule your school, scout or youth group for programs of wildlife discovery. • Visit the park nature center to learn more about the plants and animals that make their homes here. Check with the nature center to participate in one of the park’s free interpretive programs. The park offers at least six programs each weekend. The nature center is open 9–5 weekends and most holidays, and 11–3 Monday through Friday. Join or donate to the Brazos Bend Volunteer Organization and help us preserve and interpret the park’s natural resources for others! Brazos Bend State Park 21901 F.M. 762, Needville, Texas 77461 (979) 553-5101 • www.tpwd.texas.gov/brazosbend www.brazosbend.org © 2019 TPWD. PWD BR P4504-110X (7/19) In accordance with Texas State Depository Law, this publication is available at the Texas State Publications Clearinghouse and/or Texas Depository Libraries. TPWD receives funds from the USFWS. TPWD prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, and gender, pursuant to state and federal law. To request an accommodation or obtain information in an alternative format, please contact TPWD on a Text Telephone (TTY) at (512) 389-8915 or by Relay Texas at 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2989 or by email at accessibility@tpwd.texas.gov. If you believe you have been discriminated against by TPWD, please contact TPWD, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX 78744, or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office for Diversity and Workforce Management, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041. Texas State Parks is a division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. © USFWS INTERPRETIVE GUIDE BRAZOS BEND AND ALLIGATORS. THE PARK MARKS BRAZOS BEND STATE VARIETY OF HABITATS WITH OVER PARK INCLUDES 5,000 300 SPECIES OF BIRDS, 21 SPECIES OF ACRES OF BOTTOM- REPTILES AND 23 SPECIES OF LAND AND UPLAND MAMMALS. PARK VISITORS ENJOY COASTAL PRAIRIE CAMPING, BIRD WATCHING, HIKING, JUST SOUTHWEST OF THE RAPIDLY MOUNTAIN BIKING, FISHING, EXPANDING HOUSTON METRO AREA. PICNICKING AND HORSEBACK RIDING. THE PARK’S WETLANDS, PRAIRIES IN A RAPIDLY CHANGING LANDSCAPE, AND FORESTS BUSTLE WITH BIRDS, THE PARK ENDURES AS AN ISLAND RACCOONS, WHITE-TAILED DEER OF NATURAL DIVERSITY. B R A Z O S B E N D S T A T E P A R K W E T L A N D S of many kinds enhance species diversity at the park. Brazos Bend wetlands include swamps, lakes and marshes. Herons, egrets and ibis find homes in the plants that make up the park’s marshes. In the lakes, grebes and anhinga locate the Bluegill deep water they need to hunt bluegill and © USFWS other sunfish. Meanwhile, the swamps provide shelter for migratory water birds, including least bitterns, mallards, green herons and purple gallinules. For woodpeckers and songbirds, dead trees transform into shelter like that of the forest. But the swamp waters also give the birds protection unavailable in the forest by keeping land predators away. This attracts a greater variety of birds to the park. Across the wetlands, visitors encounter the American Alligator, our last ruling reptile. Over 300 adult alligators make their homes in the park. Their keen senses and camouflage enable them to remain at the top of the food chain. In the spring, the alligators’ mating calls can be heard up to a half mile away. Their relaxed demeanor allows for safe observation. But these animals can also become aggressive if provoked and move very quickly over short distances. TALL GRASS PRAIRIE W O O D L A N D S at Brazos Bend include live-oak gallery forests and mixed bottomland hardwood forest. In places, a mature forest canopy reaches for the sky above the park. The trees provide refueling stops for migratory birds and sanctuary for native wildlife species. In the springtime during bird migrations, insect reproduction supplies the necessary food for the hungry travelers. While they eat, the birds rest in the treetops to evade predators. Native wildlife species that make their homes in the forests include white-tailed deer, gray fox, bobcats and the ninebanded armadillo, the official small mammal of Texas. Signs of armadillo digging border almost every trail throughout the forests. Above the trails, squirrels mine the trees of both gallery and mixed hardwood forests for the nuts that make up their diet. In the spring, white-tailed deer gather in the park’s forests to eat the tender shoots of trees and shrubs. the prairie called pimple mounds dotted the ground, creating an environment attractive to pocket gophers and other burrowing animals. Today, little bluestem, big bluestem, Indian grass and switch grass still grow together here.
TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE BIRDS OF BRAZOS BEND S T A T E P A R K A FIELD CHECKLIST 2006 Cover: Illustration of Henslow’s Sparrow by Rob Fleming. November 2006 INTRODUCTION B razos Bend State Park, a 4,977-acre tract located in Fort Bend County, is situated next to the Brazos River and is representative of the rich wildlife habitat known most commonly as the “Brazos Bottomlands.” This habitat is typical of many riverine areas of the southeast part of Texas and adjacent Louisiana. The combination of bottomland hardwood forest, a major river, a large tributary, lakes, ponds, and grasslands provides food, cover and living areas for the wildlife indigenous to the area. The parkland supports three major terrestrial habitats: Live Oak woodland, bottomland hardwoods and tall grass coastal prairie. The Live Oak woodland has numerous large Live Oak trees festooned with Spanish Moss. This community occupies an ancient meander scarp of the Brazos River. The bottomland hardwoods consist of Pecan, Burr Oak, Water Oak, Live Oak and Elm. The tall grass coastal prairie has Little Bluestem, Indian Grass, Bushy Bluestem and Switchgrass. Some of the best terrestrial birding is at the transition zones where two habitats meet (i.e., tall grass coastal prairie/Live Oak woodland edge). Brazos Bend State Park has a rich and varied birdlife. Historically, Attwater’s Prairie Chicken occurred here. The large variety of resident species is joined at various times of the year by migrants going north or south, by species wintering within the upper Texas coastal area, or by species which nest in the park and migrate south for the winter. Thus, depending upon seasonal factors, there are large fluctuations in both the number of bird species and the number of individuals present in the park. In addition, like all areas bordering the Gulf of Mexico in the southern United States, weather plays an important role in the bird population within the park, especially during peak migration of neotropical species during spring and fall. For example, during late April or early May, a heavy thunderstorm can ground many birds, and after the storm passes the bird population of the park is noticeably greater for a brief period. 1 Though the park’s habitats are varied, the primary attractant for birdlife is the abundance of water within the park and along the Brazos River bordering the park’s east side. Particularly rewarding areas for birders are the park’s three largest water bodies —40 Acre, Elm and Pilant Lakes. Depending on the season, these lakes contain many wading birds, waterfowl, shorebirds and other species which are attracted to the woodlands bordering the lakes. 40 Acre and Elm Lakes are easily accessible by trails. Pilant Lake supports several large rookeries. Some nesting by wading birds also occurs at Elm Lake. Visitors should concentrate their bird-watching in these three areas if their time is limited. This checklist includes 304 species documented within the park itself and an adjacent area within the park’s 15-milediameter Christmas Bird Count (CBC) circle. In addition, a short list of several species to be expected is included at the end of the checklist. These species are expected because of the park’s habitat and the status of these species on the upper Texas coast. Of the species recorded, 88 have been confirmed as nesting within the park and adjacent area. Numerous species of reptiles, amphibians and mammals may also be found. Most visible are the American Alligator, Ninebanded Armadillo, White-tailed Deer and Raccoon. Feral hogs may also be seen and, as with the alligators, great care should be taken when around these animals. Originally this checklist was compiled by James G. Morgan and Ted Eubanks, Jr., based on their visits during a four-and-onehalf-year period prior to the opening of the park. Noteworthy contributors to this list were Kelly Bryan, Marilyn Crane, T. Paul and Margaret Jones, and Geneva LaVerne. Revisions and updates were completed in 2006 by Bill Godley and David Heinicke. You may contribute to this checklist by reporting new and unusual sightings or changes in status on the Sighting Report forms available at the park headquarters. Please forward the completed forms to the Natural Resource Program, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, Texas 78744. Nomenclature and order for this checklist are based on the Seventh Edition of the A.O.U. Check-list of North American Birds as currently supplemented. 2 Please help us protect the natural avian communities in our parks by refraining from using playback recordings of bird songs. Frequent use of recordings disrupts normal avian activity patterns, disrupts essential territorial behavior and may lead to nest failure. Thank you for your cooperation. LEGEND Spring: Summer: Fall: Winter: March – May June – July August – November December – February a – Abundant: 40 or more per day c – Common: 10–40 per day f – Fairly common:
Visit www.tpwd.texas.gov/outdoor-annual for the most current regulations. BRAZOS BEND STATE PARK 21901 F.M. 762 • Needville, TX 77461 (979) 553-5101 Other info: www.texasstateparks.org FISHING tip sheet Local Emergency: During business hours call Park Headquarters; AFTER hours call (979) 553-5101, ext 8 or 911. Where to Fish: The park has three lakes for fishing – Hale, Forty Acre and New Horseshoe. A fishing pier is located at Hale Lake. New Horseshoe Lake features ample shoreline access. Bank fishing is available along Big Creek at selected locations. Licenses and Restrictions: A fishing license is not required to fish within the boundaries of a state park. When fishing from a pier or other man-made structure within a state park, there is a limit of two fishing poles per person. NOTE: There is no boating at Brazos Bend State Park. HARVEST REGULATIONS SPECIES DAILY BAG LIMIT LENGTH: MIN-MAX 5 Min: 14” – Max: No Limit 5 (in any combination) No Limit 5 Min: 18” – Max: No Limit 25 (in any combination) Min: 10” – Max: No Limit Sunfish No Limit No Limit Drum: freshwater No Limit No Limit Buffalo No Limit No Limit Carp No Limit No Limit Bass: largemouth Catfish: channel, blue and hybrids Catfish: flathead Crappie: white All other fish: statewide bag and length limits apply. SPECIES FISHING OPPORTUNITIES © 2019 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department In accordance with Texas State Depository Law, this publication is available at the Texas State Publications Clearinghouse and/or Texas Depository Libraries. POOR FAIR GOOD EXCELLENT Largemouth Bass Catfish Crappie White Bass Sunfish TPWD receives funds from the USFWS. TPWD prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, and gender, pursuant to state and federal law. To request an accommodation or obtain information in an alternative format, please contact TPWD on a Text Telephone (TTY) at (512) 389-8915 or by Relay Texas at 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2989 or by email at accessibility@tpwd.texas.gov. If you believe you have been discriminated against by TPWD, please contact TPWD, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX 78744, or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office for Diversity and Workforce Management, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041. PWD LF P4504-110V (10/19) HA N DY FISH ING BASICS HOW TO TIE A FISHING KNOT NATURAL BAIT HOOK PLACEMENT The palomar knot is very strong and easy to tie. HOW TO MEASURE FISH Pinch the tail together and take the longest measurement from nose to tail. Freshwater fish TIPS FOR RELEASING FISH SAFELY 1. For safety for you and a quick release of fish, mash down the barb of the hook with pliers. 2. Quickly play and release fish as soon as possible (take photos quickly). 3. Remove hook with pliers or cut line if the hook has been swallowed. 4. Gently place fish back into water. 5. Revive fish by holding upright in water and facing it into the current, gently forcing water through gills. Saltwater fish 6. If you don’t intend to eat the fish, NEVER place it on a stringer. FISHING ETHICS SAFETY • Wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen to protect your head, eyes and skin. • Use insect repellent – but keep off hands, as you will be handling bait and live fish. • Look behind you before each cast to avoid hooking someone or getting caught in a tree (practice casting before you go fishing). • Bring plenty of drinking water to prevent dehydration; soft drinks encourage dehydration. • Wear a life jacket if you cannot swim or you are uncomfortable around the water. Supervise young children: it only takes a second for them to slip under the surface. Kids under 13 must wear life jackets if fishing from a boat. Before doing anything, ask yourself the following questions: • • • Is it legal? Would it be good if everyone did it? Would it make you proud? Ethical behavior is more than just following the fishing regulations. Ethical people go beyond what laws require and demonstrate good judgment and behavior for everyone – even if no one sees you do something ethical. Ethical behavior includes picking up trash around the area you have been fishing, calmly and politely explaining to others if they are breaking fishing regulations, and respecting the rights of other anglers and those that use the water in other ways.
T E X A S S T A T E P A R K S Brazos Bend S TAT E PA R K GEORG E OBS GULF COAST ERVAT ORY Brazos Bend STATE PARK Not far from downtown Houston lies Brazos Bend State Park, a scenic haven for birdwatchers, wildlife observers and even stargazers. More than 270 species of birds have been sighted here, and the prehistoric-looking American alligator is the park’s most noteworthy resident. Hiking and biking trails meander through the park’s varied terrains, and several lakes offer excellent fishing. Camping: Campsites with water and electricity. One mini cabin. Also screened shelters. Group Facilities: Two group pavilions (capacity 75). Dining hall (capacity 100). Picnicking: Tables and grills in day-use area. Fishing: Excellent in lakes. Fishing piers. Wildlife Observation: Observation tower and platforms provide excellent viewing. Trails: 40 miles of hiking and mountain bike trails. Nature Center: Exhibits pertaining to the three major ecosystems in the park. (979) 553-5122 Special Attraction: George Observatory (open for viewing Saturdays). For more information, call (979) 553-3400. Ye Olde Gator Shoppe: Unique gifts, books, etc. To Houston To Richmond 288 762 521 Brazos Bend State Park Rosharon 35 1462 Located in Fort Bend County, 20 miles southeast of Richmond on FM 762 or south from Houston on Texas 288 to Rosharon, then west on FM 1462. www.texasstateparks.org Rates and reservations, (512) 389-8900. For information only, (800) 792-1112. Brazos Bend State Park 21901 F.M. 762, Needville, TX 77461 (979) 553-5101 In accordance with Texas State Depository Law, this publication is available at the Texas State Publications Clearinghouse and/or Texas Depository Libraries. © 2014 TPWD PWD CD P4504-110J (8/14) Printed on recycled paper. Scan with your QR code reader for more info.
-Official- FA C I L I T I E S MAPS Get the Mobile App: ACTIVITIES texasstateparks.org/app Toyota Tundra Let your sense of adventure be your guide with the Toyota Official Vehicle of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation Tundra — built to help you explore all that the great state of Texas has to offer. | toyota.com/trucks BUILT HERE. LIVES HERE. ASSEMBLED IN TEXAS WITH U.S. AND GLOBALLY SOURCED PARTS. Contents 4 6 8 10 Activities and Programs Parks Near You Places to Stay Recreational Vehicles 12 Tips for Time in Nature Ray Roberts Devils River 14 Visitor Fees and Passes Directory TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT 18 Big Bend Country 26 34 48 56 64 80 86 Gulf Coast TPW COMMISSION S. Reed Morian, Chairman Houston Arch “Beaver” Aplin, III, Vice-Chairman Lake Jackson James E. Abell Kilgore Oliver J. Bell Cleveland Anna B. Galo Laredo Jeffery D. Hildebrand Houston Jeanne W. Latimer San Antonio Robert L. “Bobby” Patton, Jr. Fort Worth Dick Scott Wimberley T. Dan Friedkin, Chairman-Emeritus Houston Lee Marshall Bass, Chairman-Emeritus Fort Worth Hill Country Panhandle Plains Pineywoods Prairies and Lakes South Texas Plains Carter P. Smith Executive Director Rodney Franklin State Parks Director Josh Havens Communications Director Facilities and Activities Index 44 State Parks Map Special thanks to Toyota and advertisers, whose generous support made this guide possible. Texas State Parks is a division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Cover photo: Tyler State Park, Chase Fountain Texas State Parks Official Guide, Seventeenth Edition © TPWD PWD BK P4000-000A (5/20) TPWD receives funds from the USFWS. TPWD prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, and gender, pursuant to state and federal law. To request an accommodation or obtain information in an alternative format, please contact TPWD on a Text Telephone (TTY) at (512) 389-8915 or by Relay Texas at 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2989 or by email at accessibility@tpwd.texas.gov. If you believe you have been discriminated against by TPWD, please contact TPWD, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX 78744, or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office for Diversity and Workforce Management, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041. In accordance with Texas State Depository Law, this publication is available at the Texas State Publications Clearinghouse and/or Texas Depository Libraries. WELCOME from Rodney Franklin, State Parks Director   Texas contains some of the most diverse public lands in the country. There is a wealth of cultural heritage. Wildlife abounds, landscapes flourish with beauty and our history is abundant. Your state parks are a part of the legacy that makes Texas proud. The people of Texas recently helped secure that legacy for future generations by voting yes to Proposition 5. Thank you! These 630,000-plus acres showcase some of our state’s greatest treasures. Parks help people make memories with family and find respite in nature’s playground. They strengthen local economies and bind communities. Most of all, parks enable each of us to spend time outside to recharge, be healthy and relax in our own way. I invite you to enjoy your state parks, exploring the best of Texas with friends and family. The parks are here for you. They belong to you. Please visit, have fun, and help protect them forever! Thank you, Texas! Texans voted to approve passage of Proposition 5 in the November 5, 2019 election. Now 100% of the sporting goods sales tax will go to fund the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas Historical Commission. This funding will help secure the future of local parks, state parks and historic sites for generations to come, all without increasing taxes. We would like to extend our deepest gratitude. See what’s in store for Texas State Parks: texasstateparks.org/better ACTIVITIES & PROGRAMS What is there to do in state parks? Enjoy a family picnic, tour a hallowed historic site or choose from some of these visitor favorites: Bike Pedal across parks at any speed, in any style, with any group. Choose the routes, surfaces and distances that fit your comfort zone. Walk Start with a shorter loop, tackle tougher terrain or join a guided tour. Fish Fish without a license in as many as 70 state parks. Many offer tackle loaner programs and special learnto-fish events. Boat or Paddle Rent canoes and kayaks, explore a Texas Paddling Trail or launch a boat. View Wildlife Discover the birds, mammals and plants that live in Texas. Many parks have signage and checklists to help you learn more about the wildlife around you. 4 Camp Swim Find a site that meets your needs. Test out new recipes, share your favorite stories and enjoy the stars. Beat the heat at creeks, rivers, lakes, springs, pools and ocean beaches. More information & reservations: texasstateparks.org (512) 389-8900 Many state parks offer special guided and self-guided progra
Guía de Parques INSTALACIONES Descarga la Aplicacíon Móvil MAPAS ACTIVIDADES texasstateparks.org/app ¡Los niños entran gratis! La entrada es gratis para los niños de 12 años y menores. Encuentra un parque: parquesdetexas.org Contenido Estero Llano Grande SP 2 4 6 8 9 10 18 Actividades y Programas Parques Cercanos Lugares para Quedarse Tarifas y Pases Directorio Mapa de Parques Instalaciones y Actividades BIENVENIDO Rodney Franklin, Director de Parques Texas tiene algunas de las tierras públicas más diversas del país, con una gran riqueza natural y cultural. La vida silvestre está por todas partes, los paisajes florecen con belleza, y la historia es abundante. Sus parques estatales son parte del legado que nos enorgullece. La gente de Texas ayuda a asegurar ese legado para las generaciones futuras al visitar y ser voluntarios. ¡Gracias! Estos más de 630,000 acres exhiben algunos de los grandes tesoros del estado. Los parques nos ayudan a crear recuerdos con la familia y a encontrar consuelo en la naturaleza. Los parques fortalecen las economías locales y unen a las comunidades. Sobre todo, los parques nos permiten pasar tiempo al aire libre para recargar energías, estar saludables y relajarnos a nuestra manera. Les invito a disfrutar de sus parques estatales, explorando lo mejor de Texas con amigos y familia. Los parques están aquí para todos. Nos pertenecen a todos. ¡Visítelos, diviértase y ayude a protegerlos para siempre! Foto de portada: Estero Llano State Park, Chase Fountain © 2021 TPWD PWD BK P4000-000A (5/21) TPWD recibe fondos del Servicio de Pesca y Vida Silvestre de EE.UU. (USFWS por sus siglas en ingles). TPWD prohíbe la discriminación por raza, color, religión, nacionalidad de origen, discapacidad, edad y género, conforme la ley estatal y federal. Para solicitar un acomodo especial u obtener información en un formato alternativo, por favor contacte a TPWD en un Teléfono de Texto (TTY) al (512) 3898915 ó por medio de “Relay Texas” al 7-1-1 ó (800) 735-2989 ó por email a accessibility@tpwd.texas.gov. Si usted cree que TPWD ha discriminado en su contra, favor de comunicarse con TPWD, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX 78744, o con el Servicio de Pesca y Vida Silvestre de EE.UU., Office for Diversity and Workforce Management, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041. De acuerdo con la Ley de Depósito del Estado de Texas, esta publicación está disponible en el centro de Distribución de Publicaciones del Estado de Texas y/o las Bibliotecas de Depósito de Texas. ACTIVIDADES Y PROGRAMAS ¿Qué puedo hacer en los parques estatales? ¡Disfruta de un día de campo, visita un sitio histórico o elige entre muchas otras opciones! Bicicletas Pedalea a lo largo de los parques a cualquier velocidad, en cualquier estilo, con cualquier grupo. Elige las rutas, el tipo de terreno y las distancias que cumplan con tu zona de confort. Caminatas Empieza con un circuito más corto, avanza a terrenos más difíciles o únete a una caminata guiada. Pescar Puedes pescar sin licencia en tantos como 70 parques estatales. Muchos parques ofrecen equipo para pescar a manera de préstamo y eventos especiales para aprender a pescar. Barcos Renta canoas y kayacs y explora uno de los senderos acuáticos en Texas. Nadar Animales Silvestres Acampar Descubre aves, mamíferos y plantas que tienen su hogar en Texas. Muchos parques tienen señalamientos y listados que te ayudan a aprender más. Encuentra un lugar que cumpla con lo que quieres. Prueba nuevas recetas, comparte historias favoritas y disfruta de las estrellas. 2 Más información y reservaciones: parquesdetexas.org Escape del calor en arroyos, ríos, lagos, manantiales, piletas y playas del mar. Tu seguridad en el agua es muy importante. Lleva el chaleco salvavidas. Aprende a nadar. Guarda a los niños. (512) 389-8900 ¡Pregunta en tu parque cuáles están disponibles! Los niños de 12 años y menores entran GRATIS Cielos Estrellados Escapa de las luces de la ciudad y goza de maravillosas vistas del cielo que no encontrarás en ninguna otra parte. Ven a una fiesta de estrellas o toma una excursión de constelaciones auto-guiada. Familias en la Naturaleza Elige un taller o diseña tu propia aventura. ¡Monta una tienda de campaña, cocina al exterior, prende una fogata y juega al exterior! Nosotros te Toma una publicación gratuita de actividades o pregunta por los paquetes gratuitos con los parques proporcionamos todo el equipo. No es necesario tener experiencia. participantes. Usa los binoculares, lupas, libros de bosquejos y libros de guías para explorar el parque. Mochilas para Exploradores Soldados Búfalo de Texas Descubre la historia con cuentos, vestuarios y herramientas. Sigue la pista de un animal, pesca con caña, cocina sobre una fogata, visita los fuertes y más. Adéntrate en las historias de vida de aquellos que sirvieron valientemente en los primeros regimientos Áfrico-Americanos de las Fuerzas Armadas. ! Seguridad en el Parque Ten cuidado con el agua Pr

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