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Free admission offered to active and retired military at all LCRA parks and recreation areas Memorial Day Weekend

In honor of the men and women who give so much to protect this nation, the Lower Colorado River Authority is proud to offer active and retired military personnel free admission to LCRA parks and recreation areas through Monday, May 25. LCRA parks and recreation areas offer plentiful opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors at more than 40 locations across the lower Colorado River basin – from San Saba to Matagorda Bay.

Plan your kayak or canoe trip with LCRA's Lower Colorado River Guide

LCRA's river guide offers tips for planning a canoe or kayak trip on the lower Colorado River and depicts public access points available from Austin to Matagorda Bay, including boat ramps and public parks. Download the guide or buy a detailed waterproof map at McKinney Roughs Nature Park.

Host your event or meeting in a park setting with modern comforts

LCRA's parks offer a variety of facilities for rent for family reunions, weddings and business events. Facilities include dining halls, meeting rooms, group cabins, dormitories and pavilions in natural outdoor settings. Find a park with rental facilities near you.

Drain your boat to combat zebra mussels

All boats operating on the Highland Lakes and lakes Bastrop and Fayette are required to be drained after use to help prevent the spread of zebra mussels. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department included the lakes in rules that went into effect March 23, 2014. Read more.​

Birding at LCRA parks

In an interview with NetCast, Nicholas Cowey, program coordinator at LCRA's McKinney Roughs Nature Park, discusses everything from the sport of birding to the necessary technology for a successful birding trip. "Technology has really helped birding," Cowey says. "If you see a bird and post it on social media, seconds later everyone knows about it." Listen to the interview.

Escape and explore
​at LCRA parks

Enjoy outdoor fun and adventure at LCRA's more than 40​ parks, recreation areas and river access sites along the Texas Colorado River, from the Hill Country to the Gulf Coast.