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Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Important Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Phone Numbers

Operation Game Thief
Report game and fishing violations

Texas State Parks Pass
Camp and park entry discounts

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Magazine Subscriptions
Texas like you’ve never seen it

State Parks Reservations
Plan your next trip with one call

Boat Information and Registration
Questions on registering or titling?

Hunting and Fishing Licenses

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Information Number
For anything else...

Where to Find Additional Information

This handbook is a guide to Texas boating laws for recreational boaters. The publication BOAT TEXAS: A Course on Responsible Boating gives additional information on safe boat handling and practices.

For more advanced information, see:

  • U.S. Coast Guard’s Navigation Rules
  • Chapman Piloting: Seamanship and Boat Handling
    by Elbert S. Maloney
  • The Annapolis Book of Seamanship
    by Mark Smith and John Rousmaniere

For more information and to stay abreast of new boating laws, call Texas Parks and Wildlife Department at: 1-800-792-1112

This handbook is based on laws valid through August 31, 2017. Information in this handbook may change due to actions taken by the Texas State Legislature, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Commission, or the U.S. Coast Guard. This handbook does not take the place of the current regulations that can be found in A Digest of the Texas Water Safety Act.