This sunrise brought to you by Lake Bob Sandlin State Park in northeast Texas
Here's preliminary underwater footage of The Kraken, a cargo vessel sunk off the coast of Galveston to create an artificial reef that will provide habitat for marine life. Get details at [ Link ] and Texas Parks and Wildlife Artificial Reef Program.

Watch as we Release the Kraken!

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Artificial Reef Program sunk a cargo vessel named “The Kraken” 67 miles off the coast of Galveston to create an artificial reef that will provide habitat for marine life. Here’s more: [ Link ]
A north Texas fish hatchery is back in business after shutting down due to drought. On our next PBS show, see where we raise stripers, hybrids and catfish for stocking into Texas lakes.

Watch on PBS or online at [ Link ]
Learn how to camp, discover 10 parks with stunning views, and check out our Volunteer calendar:

State Parks Getaways - January 2017
"We had been on this hike a couple of times, but this time he took his laptop up to the top in a backpack. When we got to the top, he pulled it out and played a slideshow of pictures of us with some of our favorite songs. When it got to one of my all time favorites, he took my hands and asked me to be his wife. I cried, and we two-stepped on top of Enchanted Rock."

Thanks to Stephanie Lewis...
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A flock of turkey scavenge for food at the Daughtrey Wildlife Management Area in south Texas.

In winter, turkeys flock together before spring mating rituals begin.
Ready for a vacation? La Quinta Inns & Suites will donate 10% of your stay to Texas State Parks when you book online here:

La Quinta is a Proud Supporter of Texas State Parks
Waterfowl hunters: Please help prevent more tragic drownings this season. One of our Texas Game Wardens goes over basic safety precautions:

1. Be prepared for the weather - it can change quickly
2. Let people know your plan
3. Make sure you have all safety equipment. Always wear a life jacket.
4. Don’t overload your boat
Texas Game Wardens and other first responders have located the body of a missing person on a lake east of Palestine.

More on this story at [ Link ]
Texas State Parks' 100th birthday is on the horizon.

Our Centennial Plan details actions for creating a well-maintained, modernized park system able to serve a growing population.

Here are the details:


New Texas State Parks Centennial Plan Lays Blueprint for Brighter Future
Fast flowing creeks at Huntsville State Park after recent rains
We did it, Texas! What a great way to kick off 2017.

Find ways to enjoy the outdoors throughout the year at [ Link ]

Record Breaking Attendance at Texas State Parks’ Annual First Day Hikes
And off you go!

A ringtail that snuck into the building is being released into the wild at Wyler Aerial Tramway in El Paso.

Learn more about ringtails in Texas at [ Link ]
Texas Game Wardens and other first responders are searching for a missing angler in east Texas

Search underway for missing man at lake in Anderson County
Take a closer look at this cover.

Happy 75th Anniversary to Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine, the longest-running magazine in Texas!

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If you haven't seen the sun in a while, here's the view this morning from Lake Bob Sandlin State Park in northeast Texas.
Scouts are awesome.

Thank you for helping to keep our parks beautiful!
Vultures stand watch at Palmetto State Park near Luling.

On our next PBS show, learn how wind farms use radar to protect migrating birds near wind turbines.

Find out where to watch our show on t.v. or online at [ Link ]