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March 20, 2020

Dear Supporters and Friends of the Brackenridge Recreation Complex,

The COVID-19 outbreak is a public health concern that requires all of us to work together to protect our communities.

In response to further direction from the Centers for Disease Control, the Governor of the State of Texas, and the Jackson County Office of Emergency Management, the Lavaca-Navidad River Authority (LNRA) has announced the closure of the Brackenridge Recreation Complex (BRC) effective March 23, 2020 at 8:00 a.m., for all short-term camping and day use until further notice.

All short-term reservations starting March 23rd thru April 5, 2020 will be automatically canceled and issued a full refund. We ask that guests please bear with us as we work to cancel these reservations. Once the reservation is canceled, a cancellation confirmation will be emailed to you. For those guests who have already cancelled due to COVID-19 for the affected dates, our staff will be contacting you to discuss this matter further. It is not necessary to call the office about your cancellation.

For those currently camping with us, the park staff will contact you regarding about how this may affect your reservation.

Please note, this closure does NOT pertain to our long-term (monthly) campers who are currently staying at the BRC. At this time no new long-term reservations will be made. For any other questions, please call the Brackenridge Park Office at 361-782-5456 or the Texana Park Office at 361-782-5718. You may also contact our staff via email at

This is a fluid situation and we will continue to monitor and adapt our operations and policies based on what is needed at the time. The LNRA will evaluate this situation on a weekly basis and provide information or updates on our web page and Facebook page.

Although we are saddened to close, our top priority is the safety of our employees and guests. The LNRA takes this matter very seriously and appreciates your understanding as we find our way through these difficult times as a community.


The Texana Park Nature Center has been one of the highlights of Texana Park since its inception back when the Park was actually the Lake Texana State Park. When the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department closed the state park in 2012, the Lavaca-Navidad River Authority stepped in to preserve one of Jackson County’s hidden gems and has had the governing control over the center since then.

The Texana Park Nature Center is the perfect place to come face to face with wildlife. The center is open most weekends and offers interactive programs for visitors of all ages. Please visit our events calendar to view special programs hosted at the Nature Center throughout the year. Please call the Texana Park office to see if the Nature Center will be open during your stay with us.

Local naturalist Cindy Baker (known affectionately by most as Ranger Cindy!) elected to stay and carry on her mission of educating the public about the flora and fauna of Jackson county and the watershed of our rivers up until her retirement in May of 2019. Michael Price, a longtime naturalist from western Texas was hired as the Public Education Coordinator in May of 2019 to carry on the mission of flora and fauna education.

Coming Soon!

Community Education Center

The Lavaca-Navidad River Authority and Brackenridge Recreation Complex are excited to announce that there will be a new Community Education Center that will be significant improvement on the facilities that are currently available. The groundbreaking occurred in August 2019 and the Center should be open to the public in August 2020. The Community Education Center is being built across the street from the existing Texana Park Nature Center. The new facility will have over 5,000 square feet of exhibit and community space. The Community Education Center was designed to meet both the education needs for the Nature Center as well as providing a Community Room that will provide space for community meetings, trainings and events. This is a joint project in association with and funded through the Lavaca-Navidad River Authority and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. LNRA is proud to be able to provide this new facility in Jackson County.


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