Texas has 191,000 miles of rivers and streams. These waters and their associated riparian ecosystems support a rich variety of plants and wildlife. They offer fine fishing and breathtaking scenery. Finding public access to rivers can be a challenge, however. Visit the links below to explore some options!
Texas Paddling Trails
Since the Texas Paddling Trails Program began in 1998, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has partnered with local communities to expand public access in river basins around the state. More than 70 public paddling trails offer well-mapped day trips in a variety of settings.
River Access and Conservation Areas
TPWD has signed temporary agreements with landowners to allow public fishing and boating access through private property. Leased access sites are available on the Brazos, Colorado, Guadalupe, Neches, and other rivers.
River Fishing in Dallas-Fort Worth
Map and list of public bank fishing areas on the Trinity River and its tributaries
State Parks with River Fishing Access
- Colorado Bend
- Devil’s River State Natural Area
- Dinosaur Valley (Paluxy
- Garner (Frio River, especially in cool weather)
- Goliad (San Antonio
- Guadalupe River
- Lyndon B. Johnson (Pedernales River)
- Lost Maples State Natural
Area (Sabinal River)
- McKinney Falls (Onion Creek)
- Mother Neff (Leon River)
- Palmetto (San
- Pedernales Falls
- South Llano River
- Stephen F. Austin (Brazos