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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
1-800-792-GAME

Texas State Parks Pass
Camp and park entry discounts
512-389-8900

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Magazine Subscriptions
Texas like you’ve never seen it
1-800-937-9393

State Parks Reservations
Plan your next trip with one call
512-389-8900

Boat Information and Registration
Questions on registering or titling?
1-800-262-8755

Hunting and Fishing Licenses
1-800-895-4248

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Information Number
For anything else...
1-800-792-1112

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.