Texas State Parks Close Indefinitely

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Does this mean unmanned places like the Highway 99 boat ramp at Choke Canyon or the Bauer Unit at Guadalupe State Park are closed? I don't think there is a boat ramp on Choke that is not a State facility.
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RealTalk said:

htxag09 said:

Damn.

I just got laid off, so was at least looking forward to doing some kayak fishing down in Galveston or some hiking in Sam Houston State Park to kill some time.
Is Sam Houston affected since it's a national park?


To answer your question the boat ramps and the camp sites at the boat ramps are closed, barricaded, and taped off for good measure. It looked like the hiking trails are all still open though.
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instead of people going to the beach and spreading out like normal, if you want to go to the beach now, you are forced to park at one of the entrances and walk. Which means people are now concentrated in common areas. Because that makes a whole lot of sense.
Yep. Nearby Buffalo Lake NWR has over 7,000 acres and 10 miles of roads. They completely closed it, then reopened it to bikes and hikers.

The only catch is that everyone has to park at the one gate and walk in, thus concentrating everyone on the trails closest to the gate.

Brilliant. (not)
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AggieOO said:

Mr. AGSPRT04 said:

This is dumb. My regular and most effective method of "social distancing" long before this pandemic was Big Bend Ranch State Park.


i should know better than to chime in, but....unless you live out in big bend, ask the residents out there about how they feel about people coming out there to "social distance." I'm out that way quite a lot, and absolutely LOVE it out there, but the residents of the towns out there have been and are literally begging people to stay home. The pressure on the infrastructures of those small towns is massive with even the smallest influx. You think its hard to find groceries in austin/houston/wherever you are? Think about the folks out west who have to not only battle the residents, but people coming in from bigger towns who are buying their goods.

And yes, I'm sure you response is or will be, "i bring all my own food/beer/equipment." Even with that, what if something goes wrong? Its unlikely, but removing resources from those communities is impactful at a time like this.

Look, I love that part of the world like very few other do. Probably much like you do, but just because you can be responsible out there doesn't mean everyone can. This is a temporary shutdown, though it is unfortunate to be happening at one of the best times of year to be out that way.
Well then, I guess that is the justification to shut everything down!
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BCRYSTAL BEACH
Galveston County will close 27 miles of beaches on Bolivar Peninsula to residents and visitors beginning Friday, the county announced Wednesday.
The closures are part of an attempt to keep crowds away from remote county beaches over the Easter holiday weekend, officials said.

The order closing the beach goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday, according to the county.
At that time, "beaches in Galveston County are closed and must be vacated, all beach access points in Galveston County shall be closed, and ingress to beaches is prohibited," the order said.
The closure will remain in place until at least April 17, according to the order.
The order applies to both residents and people visiting from elsewhere, said County Commissioner Darrell Apffel, whose precinct includes the peninsula. Sheriff's Office deputies will be patrolling and ordering people off the beach, Apffel said. People who refuse to leave the beach after being warned away will be fined up to $500, according to the county's order.
"We believe it's the best course of action in order to meet the health and safety expectations for the citizens of the state and the county," Apffel said.

The county's closure comes 11 days after the city of Galveston closed its beaches to residents and tourists. After the city's closure, county officials said they were hesitant to take similar measures on Bolivar Peninsula because they had not seen large crowds there and were fearful of dealing another blow to the area's tourism-driven economy.
"I was trying to balance the risk against the commerce that was left on the peninsula," Apffel said.
The county changed its posture after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced the closure of Texas state parks and monuments.
Rain in expected this weekend, according to weather forecasts, but Apffel said there was still concern that crowds would form on beaches Easter Sunday.
"With a three-day weekend and nobody in church, it concerns me that we might have the crowds," he said.
Closure decisions will be made on a week-by-week basis, Apffel said.
It's possible that closures could exist in some form into the middle of May, until the annual Jeep Weekend beach party, he said. Jeep Weekend is scheduled to begin on May 16.
The peninsula closure means only one beach access point in the county might be open this weekend. As of Wednesday afternoon, the beach access point in the small city of Jamaica Beach, in the middle of Galveston Island, was still open and people were still able to walk on the beach, City Administrator Sean Hutchinson said.




Tumble Weed
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Mr. AGSPRT04 said:

This is dumb. My regular and most effective method of "social distancing" long before this pandemic was Big Bend Ranch State Park.


Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.
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Called today and found out that the entire Sam Houston National Forest is closed to backpacking. Day use is fine though, not sure how that makes any sense.
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schmellba99 said:

AggieOO said:

Mr. AGSPRT04 said:

This is dumb. My regular and most effective method of "social distancing" long before this pandemic was Big Bend Ranch State Park.


i should know better than to chime in, but....unless you live out in big bend, ask the residents out there about how they feel about people coming out there to "social distance." I'm out that way quite a lot, and absolutely LOVE it out there, but the residents of the towns out there have been and are literally begging people to stay home. The pressure on the infrastructures of those small towns is massive with even the smallest influx. You think its hard to find groceries in austin/houston/wherever you are? Think about the folks out west who have to not only battle the residents, but people coming in from bigger towns who are buying their goods.

And yes, I'm sure you response is or will be, "i bring all my own food/beer/equipment." Even with that, what if something goes wrong? Its unlikely, but removing resources from those communities is impactful at a time like this.

Look, I love that part of the world like very few other do. Probably much like you do, but just because you can be responsible out there doesn't mean everyone can. This is a temporary shutdown, though it is unfortunate to be happening at one of the best times of year to be out that way.
Well then, I guess that is the justification to shut everything down!


I'm not sure why that's a hard concept for some
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Opening again on Monday with restrictions. All visitors in face masks, no groups >5, and distancing.
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I bet the facemasks will only be required in park facilities and offices
Wildman15
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Finally starting to move in the right direction
Joe Exotic
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Wonder when their website will open for reservations
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I wonder what the odds are that my family's 43rd reunion at Garner will be able to happen in early October? We've rented the same private campground and cabins for over 30 years now. It's my favorite part of fall.
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No groups of more than 5? Does that mean I get to pick a kid to leave with the rangers?
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GunRangeGal said:

I wonder what the odds are that my family's 43rd reunion at Garner will be able to happen in early October? We've rented the same private campground and cabins for over 30 years now. It's my favorite part of fall.
Depends on the size of your family probably. Parks should get back to full go faster since they are open and allow for good distancing. Looks like the 50 person threshold is phase 2 in the "Opening up America Again" document. Phase 3 doesn't seem to have a number restriction on it. No clue on timeline, but I'm optimistic it'd be clear enough by October.
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Apparently no camping. Just day use. Typical Greg Abbott being a spineless weasel.
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Day use is good. Opens up boat ramps, trails, picnic areas, etc.
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