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Day Use Areas

Can't join us for a weekend camping? You can enjoy all the Brackenridge Recreation Complex has to offer by visiting one of our day use areas. With plenty of amenities, these areas are great for a family picnic and to enjoy a little fresh air. Join us for an hour or the whole day!

Day Use Information

The Brackenridge Recreation Complex is open to the public with social distancing, limited capacity, and a facial mask requirement in place. Brackenridge Park Office is limited to no more than 5 guests at a time in the office. Texana Park Office is limited to no more than 2 guests in the office at a time. To minimize the amount of guests in the offices, guests may purchase their $5 Day Pass over the phone with a credit card. Guest packets with your receipt, park map, car pass and rules will be placed on the table conveniently located outside the office you purchased your day pass with (Texana or Brackenridge Park Offices). All Day Use Passes are good for Brackenridge and Texana Parks & Campgrounds.

Things to remember:

  • Guests should stay home if sick
  • Facial coverings are required in all public buildings including the comfort stations.
  • Guests should avoid gathering in large groups
  • Guests should practice social distancing in the parks and maintain at least a six-foot distance from people not in their family unit
  • We ask parents to supervise their minor children as they explore the parks
  • Day Use Guests are prohibited from utilizing any campsites and its amenities (BBQ Grill, Fire Ring, Electricity, Water, etc.)
  • Kayak Rentals will remain closed until further notice
  • The Texana Park Nature Center will be open Tuesday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. visitors must maintain proper social distance and wear a facial covering.
  • Bait, Ice, Firewood, Gator Golf, and Disc Golf rentals can be purchased by phone and picked up curbside if guests are not comfortable entering our offices
  • Boat Ramps are open in both parks and around the Lake
  • All plans are subject to change as the situation warrants

For questions regarding Day Use Passes or reservations: Brackenridge Park & Campground at 361-782-5456, Texana Park & Campground at 361-782-5718 or email to:

Texana Park

The day use area in Texana Park and Campground is situated on the lake cove. There are plenty of picnic tables and grills for guests to enjoy. Open grassy areas are perfect for a friendly game of freeze tag or football. The day use area also has a playground complete with a tire swing. The Pavilion, Nature Center and two comfort stations are also conveniently located in this area. There is a $5.00 day pass fee per vehicle to access this day use area.

Main Event Center Pond

The Brackenridge Recreation Complex Pond is located behind the Main Event Center It is open daily and is free to the public. This 8 acre pond had two fishing piers and is stocked with blue gill perch, red ear perch, and large mouth bass for catch and release only. Picnic tables, a playground and comfort station are also located at the Pond.

Hwy 111 Day Use Area

The Day Use Area is located along State Highway 111 just past the Brackenridge Recreation Complex entrance and is free to the public. It offers five covered picnic tables (one is handicap accessible), bar-b-que grills, a basketball court, sand volleyball court, horseshoe pitching area, a playground, and bird observation station. This area is closed daily 30 minutes before sunset. Rules for use are available at the Brackenridge Park office.

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