November brings prime camping

November brings cool, crisp evenings, changing trees, and fall outdoor recreation. It’s also the perfect month to camp under the stars, spending time and making memories with friends and family.

Texas state parks offer prime spots for crackling campfires, dark skies for stargazing and a variety of guided and self-guided activities throughout the month. There are a variety of ways to stay overnight in Texas state parks, including comfortable cabins, screened shelters, RV areas and campsites for pitching tents. Reservations fill up quickly during this popular camping month, and visitors are encouraged to book their next overnight trip in advance.

First-time campers or anyone wanting to brush up on their outdoor skills can sign up for one of the Texas Outdoor Family workshops offered at a number of state parks for one and two nights. For only $65, park rangers and expert volunteers guide families of up to six on how to set up a campfire, pitch a tent and cook outdoors. All camping equipment—tent, lantern, cooking stove and dishes—is supplied, with the exception of food and sleeping bags.

“The fall season provides some of the most family-friendly camping experiences that Texas state parks have to offer,” says Robert Owen, Texas Outdoor Family program coordinator. “Unfortunately, it seems that nowadays kids are more likely to play video games than ride a bike or play outside. We aim to change that and are proud to offer the first step to helping families get outdoors and reconnect with nature by enjoying their state parks.”

The Texas Outdoor Family program has been teaching families how to camp efficiently and safely, learn new outdoors skills such as kayaking, fishing, geocaching, nature hikes, opportunities for wildlife watching and how to follow established Leave No Trace practices. More than 3,500 families have participated in the educational state park campouts throughout the state since the program’s inception.

All program participants can look forward to new equipment, including durable REI tents and cots. The program is also gradually moving their entire fleet of stoves to propane from white gas, making outdoor cooking basics easier than ever.

This year’s remaining Texas Outdoor Family workshops in November and early December will be held in a number of Texas state parks this year.

For a complete listing of upcoming Texas Outdoor Family workshops and information about Texas State Parks camping options, and tips on camping safety and etiquette, visit:

Visitors can book Texas Outdoor Family workshops and other camping reservations by calling the Customer Service Center in Austin at (512) 389-8900 or by using the online reservation system: The shortest call center wait times are during afternoon hours Wednesday through Friday, and customer service representatives are available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. For same-day reservations please contact the park directly.

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Fishing Report from TPWD (Mar. 22)

GOOD. Water Stained; 55-62 degrees; 1.64 feet below pool. The cold front dropped the water temperature down 10 degrees in some areas slowing the bass bite. Use a slow bait presentation with Texas rigs, baby brush hogs or beaver type baits on the outside edge of the grass. Darker colored baits like V & M chopsticks in Texas smoke have been fair in 3-6 feet. Look for the bite to improve by the weekend as the water temperature warms and bass return to beds. Frogs and baits worked on top of the grass and in the pockets of grass should be great by the weekend. Report by Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Pro. Cooler weather is affecting the movement of the black bass, as the water cools the females are not committing to the beds, but as the water warms activity will increase. Search warmer clearer water in the backs of coves and creeks for active fish. Crappie are beginning to move towards the banks, try small bead heads fished slowly 3-4 feet. Carp and gar are spawning in shallow water. Report by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service. The crappie fishing on Lake Fork is getting really hot. Seeing great numbers and lots of big fish each day. The fish are making huge moves shallow this week and will for the next month. Areas in 2-13 feet are finally beginning to see more fish that are spawning. The 14-32 feet staging areas are also still loaded with fish and reloading daily now. Seeing lots of fish roaming in open water but the best luck is still coming on fish on timber or brush. Small hand tied jigs in chartreuse or orange are getting crushed right now, and you can still catch fish well on soft plastics and minnows. Report by Jacky Wiggins, Jacky Wiggins’ Guide Service. The crappie are biting in the main creek channels about halfway back in the creek. With the cooler weather most of the crappie are laying on the bottom. Once the sun comes out fish suspend up in the water column around 15 feet. Success with Snacky lures FS200 matched with the eye hole jig or crappie

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