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Where can I put in my canoe on the river?

Although the Authority does not own or maintain canoe/kayak launch points on the Brazos, there are many put-in and take-out locations available along the Brazos river.The most popular paddling locations are the stretches of river below Possum Kingdom Lake and Lake Granbury. You can find points below the dam at Possum Kingdom Lake by clicking here. For the area below Lake Granbury you can find a map of distances and access points here.Information including access points and hazards along sections...
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Can I camp on a sandbar in the river?

The streambed of all navigable rivers in Texas is state-owned; therefore, camping, fishing and picnicking are legal there, including on the sandbars.When camping or picnicking along the river, it is important to stay alert for possible rapid increases in river levels and speed due to rainstorms or water being released from the upstream dam. Be sure to respect the adjoining private property along the river by not trespassing and by cleaning up and packing away any trash that you create.
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Can I camp at Brazos River Authority reservoirs?

Yes, BRA parks have campsites that are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Camping is free year-round at Lakes Granbury and Limestone, as well as September through May at Possum Kingdom Lake.Each BRA park offers amenities ranging from tables to shelters and grills and pits. Many of the parks also offer nearby restrooms and showers. If you prefer something a little less rustic, private groups offer cabin and RV sites. For more information about camping opportunities at BRA reservoirs, ...
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Do I need a boating permit on the lake? On the river?

Texas law requires motorized boats, sailboats 14 feet or longer and U.S. Coast Guard documented vessels display a state registration on Texas public waters. This law does not apply to non-motorized canoes, kayaks, punts, rowboats, or rubber rafts. For more information about state permits, go here.Of the Brazos River Authority reservoirs, only one requires a permit.  Possum Kingdom Lake’s Recreational User Permit may be purchased through the lake office or through local vendors for one, three or...
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Do I need a fishing license to fish on the river? On a lake?

In Texas, the state requires anyone who fishes in public waters to have a valid fishing license. There are a few exceptions to this law:No license is required for those younger than 17 or Texas residents born before Sept. 1, 1930.Residents born after this date that are 65 or older, can buy a Senior Resident Fishing License.People are also not required to have a license when fishing at a state park, such as the one at Possum Kingdom Lake.For more information about fishing licenses, go here.
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What regulations cover fishing at Brazos River Authority reservoirs?

Under Texas state law, a fishing license is required for all public waters. There are a few exceptions to this requirement. Those younger than 17 years of age, whether Texas residents or non-residents, are exempt. Also, Texas residents born before Jan. 1, 1931 are exempt from license requirements.  Texas residents over the age of 65 may buy a Senior Resident Fishing License.  For more information about fishing regulations in Texas, go to the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife website.
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Are you allowed to hunt on the Brazos River and its tributaries?

Since the river is a public stream, it belongs to all Texans and people are free to enjoy a variety of activities within its banks, including hunting. However, people should be mindful of state laws related hunting in these areas.Hunters should also be careful where they walk in the riverbed to avoid violating Texas trespassing laws by straying onto private property. Under state law, the river bed is public property up to the “gradient boundary.” Though the definition of the boundary can be co...
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Is hunting allowed at Brazos River Authority reservoirs?

Hunting is allowed in designated areas at the Brazos River Authority’s three reservoirs. Each August, the BRA holds a drawing to lease duck blind locations on Lakes Possum Kingdom, Granbury, and Limestone. Some 48 locations are designated for hunting blinds in areas that are less populated.Hunting is not allowed on BRA property that is not specifically designated for waterfowl blinds or bow hunting. For more information contact the BRA at 888-922-6272.
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How can I prevent a PAM infection?

To prevent infection by primary amebic meningeoncephalitis (PAM), it is recommended that those taking part in warm, fresh water-related activities use nose clips or hold their noses shut while jumping into water. With the ameba often found in soil, it is best to avoid stirring up underwater sediment.The Texas Department of Health recommends that people avoid stagnant or polluted water and take “No Swimming” signs seriously. PAM cannot be spread person to person nor by drinking water. Swimming ...
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What is primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM)?

Primary Amebic Meningeoncephalitis or PAM is a rare, almost always fatal disease caused by an ameba (naegleria fowleri) found in all untreated, fresh surface water and in soil. Most common during the summer, the ameba thrives in low levels of fresh water that is stagnant or slow-moving and is warmer than 80 degrees.The infection occurs when water containing the organism is forced into the nasal passages – usually from diving or jumping into water or from water skiing. The ameba makes its way in...
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The information provided on this site is intended as background on water within the Brazos River basin. There should be no expectation that this information is all encompassing, complete or in any way examines every aspect of this very complex natural resource.

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