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Outdoor Fun for Kids PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 20 July 2014 14:28

Outdoor Fun for Kids

 

 
Water Conditions and Safety PDF Print E-mail
Written by Texas Outdoors   
Sunday, 20 July 2014 14:26

Water Conditions and Safety

Open bodies of water (lakes, rivers, bays, bayous, ponds, oceans) are vastly different from neighborhood swimming pools and therefore warrant extra precautions. The key differences are that there are no lifeguards; water conditions can change rapidly; and underwater currents sometimes exist. Before you go paddling, tell a friend or family member where you will be and when you expect to return.

It is recommended that everyone who participates in boating wear a life jacket. In Texas, children under 13 years of age in or on vessels under 26 feet must wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved wearable life jacket. All vessels (including canoes and kayaks) must have a sound producing device and at least one Type I, II, III or V life jacket of the proper fit for each person on board.

Remember: The life you save may be your own!  Before you paddle make sure you review these informative safety tips:

 

Last Updated on Sunday, 20 July 2014 14:28
 
Learn to Paddle PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 20 July 2014 14:21

Learn to Paddle

How to Paddle Video If you are looking for some paddling tips before you head out:

Read this Canoeing and Kayaking 101 brochure.


 
Glide Along Texas Paddling Trails PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 20 July 2014 14:18

Glide Along Texas Paddling Trails

Over 60 designated Texas Paddling Trails provide well-mapped, accessible day trips in a variety of settings and for all levels of paddling experience. Visit the Paddling Trails website for trail maps and photos, info on canoe/kayak rentals, directions to designated access sites and fishing and wildlife information.

Austin: There are 12 Texas Paddling Trails within about an hour of Austin. They include: Lady Bird Lake Paddling TrailEl Camino Real Paddling Trail and Wilbarger Paddling Trail.

Dallas/Ft. Worth: There are 8 Texas Paddling Trails within an hour of DFW. They include: Dallas Trinity Paddling Trail, Joe Pool Lake and Walnut Creek Paddling Trail (Grand Prairie), Lake Arlington Paddling Trail,  River Legacy Parks Paddling Trail on the Trinity River (Arlington).

Houston: There are 9 Texas Paddling Trails within about an hour of Houston. They include: Buffalo Bayou Paddling Trail, Stephen F. Austin Paddling TrailGalveston Island State Park Paddling Trail, and Christmas Bay Paddling Trail.

Rio Grande Valley: There is 1 Texas Paddling Trail within an hour of RGV:  South Bay Paddling Trail.

San Antonio: There are 7 Texas Paddling Trails within about an hour of San Antonio. They include: Upper Guadalupe - Nichol's Landing Paddling Trail (above Canyon Lake), Saspamco Paddling Trail (near San Antonio).

 

Stop zebra mussels -  The Texas Parks and Wildlife commission has approved expanding from 47 counties to statewide, the rule requiring all boaters, including paddlers, to drain all water from their vessel before approaching or leaving a water body. This applies to all types and sizes of boats used on fresh waters, effective July 1.

 
Get the Social Connections to State Parks PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 20 July 2014 13:56

Get the Social Connections to State Parks

 

hand holding SmartphoneWith the vast majority of Texas state parks now on Facebook, you can check current conditions from park staff and visitors, find out what events are coming up, and interact with the rangers. Find State Parks on Twitter at @tpwdparks too, and while you’re at a state park, remember to tag your pictures on Instagram with #TxStateParks.

Visit our Social Media page to find all the ways you can stay in touch with Texas Parks and Wildlife news, programs, game wardens and more.

These are handy tools for visitors and travelers. Check on changing conditions, such as weather, lake levels, crowds and more.

Last Updated on Sunday, 20 July 2014 13:58
 
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