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Texas State Parks: Cheers to a Happy and Healthy 2021!
Dec28

Texas State Parks: Cheers to a Happy and Healthy 2021!

Hopes are high for a happier and healthier new year, and your state parks are here to help! Spending time outside is a great way to get and stay healthy. Whether exercising your body, relaxing your mind, or enjoying some social time, your parks offer safe and healthy outdoor fun for everyone!You can make reservations for most Texas state parks up to 5 months in advance for overnight visits and up to 30 days in advance for day...

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Take “Prescription Nature” at Our Texas State Parks!
Oct06

Take “Prescription Nature” at Our Texas State Parks!

“Prescription Nature – How Cooper Lake State Park and Other Texas State Parks can Help Make You Happier and Healthier” by Steve Killian, Cooper Lake State Park Complex Superintendent As I wander through the post oak canopied forest on my four-mile Coyote Run Trail hike at Cooper Lake State Park, I’m taken with a sense of well-being and a release from my daily worries.  The multiple hues of green, the chattering of a...

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Texas State Parks Will Open To The Public Monday, April 20th
Apr17

Texas State Parks Will Open To The Public Monday, April 20th

After closing all Texas State Parks on April 7th, due to COVID-19, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that they will reopen on Monday, April 20th. Social distancing guidelines will need to be followed and gathering size will be limited. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will continue to stay current with the latest public health recommendations and will have up to date information on any restrictions concerning these...

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Texas State Parks Will Be Closed To The Public Today Due to COVID-19
Apr07

Texas State Parks Will Be Closed To The Public Today Due to COVID-19

At the direction of Gov. Greg Abbott, Texas State Parks will be closed to the public effective at the close of business Tuesday, April 7 in order to maintain the safest environment for visitors, volunteers and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will continue to stay current with the latest public health recommendations and will announce when a definite reopening date has been determined. Texas...

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Most State Parks Remain Open, But Permits Must Be Purchased Online
Mar31

Most State Parks Remain Open, But Permits Must Be Purchased Online

Most state parks remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic, but there are some important changes to park procedures that become effective April 1, to help protect the health and well-being of visitors, volunteers and staff. One big change will be that all day-use and camping permits must be purchased online before your visit. Texas State Parks logo As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, more changes including park closures may...

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Franklin: State Parks To Remain Open Next Week
Mar14

Franklin: State Parks To Remain Open Next Week

Texas State Parks are open, and park staff are ready to welcome visitors for the day or for overnight stays, according to Texas State Parks Director Rodney Franklin. Outdoor spaces at state parks, Franklin said, are well suited to increased social distance, and park staff remain diligent in taking steps to make visits as safe and enjoyable as possible. Below is what Franklin said park visitors can expect from staff and how they can...

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‘Skins, Skulls and Tracks’ is Theme of Nature Programs at Cooper Lake State Parks
Jul12

‘Skins, Skulls and Tracks’ is Theme of Nature Programs at Cooper Lake State Parks

Park Superintendent Steve Killian shows skunk, bobcat and coyote hides and a beaver tail for a program on Cooper Lake’s wildlife Did you know we have TWO Texas State Parks in our back pocket? We do! Doctor’s Creek Unit and South Sulphur Units are separate state parks which share a 20,000 acre lake. Entrances and roadways, facilities, activities and staff are separate. According to Complex Superintendent Steve Killian,...

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How ‘Bout a Country Christmas at the Lake? TPW Offers Campsites, Photos, Music on December 7,8 at Cooper Lake State Parks
Dec03
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Pursuing National Parks Experiences in Europe, Plus Local Fun, Recreation at Cooper Lake State Park
Sep26

Pursuing National Parks Experiences in Europe, Plus Local Fun, Recreation at Cooper Lake State Park

Steve Killian has been Park Complex Manager for Cooper Lake State Park since 2018 Steve Killian, Complex Manager for Cooper Lake State Park, carries the banner every day for an active lifestyle, and hopefully one where you get fresh air and sunshine! During his work and on his own, this active park employee walks or hikes every day, logging 4-5 miles and resulting in 10,000-12,000 steps per day or more. He reminds us that natural...

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State Park Swimming Holes – Texas Parks and Wildlife

Swimming in State Parks Great Way to Beat the Summer Heat AUSTIN- With temperatures around the state hitting the 90’s and 100’s, Texans everywhere are looking for a way to keep cool. Parks around the state offer a variety of swimming options such as spring-fed rivers, lakes, and Gulf water to help the entire family stay cool and enjoy what Texas’ natural resources have to offer. In the Austin area, state parks such as McKinney Falls,...

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