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Texas State Parks open, unaffected by Federal shutdown

TEXAS, October 11, 2013— As the federal budget impasse persists well into the second week, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department wants you to know that all Texas State Parks remain open. The welcome mat is still out at the 90-plus locations.

A number of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department offices and state parks have received calls since the partial federal government shutdown on Oct. 1, from people wanting to know if state parks are still open. Many of the customer inquiries are coming from people who had planned to visit Big Bend National Park, national forests or lake parks operated in Texas by the U.S. Corps of Engineers that have closed their gates due to the federal shutdown.

“Although our federal partners are experiencing temporary closure of their sites, which we hope will reopen soon, Texas state parks remain open and our staff is eager to welcome visitors to the great outdoors,” reported Brent Leisure, Texas State Parks director in this news story.

Plan a day visit or an overnight stay. State park reservations can be made by Internet, fax or phone 512-389-8900 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. all volume tends to be heaviest early in the week, so customers might try calling Wednesday through Friday to reserve a campsite, cabin, screened shelter or group facility.

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