June 21, 2024

Things are heating up in your Texas state parks! When the weather gets warm, we need places to cool off. See where you can go to enjoy paddling, swimming, fishing and more fun summer activities.

Make reservations for day passes up to 30 days before your visit or book up to 5 months in advance for overnight stays. If your plans change, please modify or cancel your reservation so someone else can enjoy the park. 


A woman on a standup paddleboard

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

Rent Canoes, Paddleboards or Kayaks
Don’t have your own way to get on the water? Visit one of these parks with paddling rentals. Check out all of the Texas Paddling Trails for more parks where you can paddle.

Enjoy boating safely and review these tips before heading to the water.


Three kids laying in shallow water in a lake.

A refreshing dip in the water is one of the best ways to cool off from the Texas heat. Texas state parks offer a full range of swimming options, including spring-fed rivers, lakes, open ocean swims and even swimming pools.

Check out all the parks where you can make a splash!


A woman and man fishing in a river.

Fishing is a fun and relaxing way to enjoy the outdoors. And did you know that you can fish for free from shore or pier in a state park? Some parks will even lend you fishing gear, including rods, reels and tackle boxes with hooks, sinkers and bobbers.

Where to Fish
Find places to fish near you.

Fishing Events
Many parks offer fishing events to help you hone your skills and land the big one! 

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