• WORD is excited to present our #StashYourTrash contest winners!

    We want to send a big thank you to everyone who helped make our Stash Your Trash photo contest a success!

    And a special congratulations to Kendra Albright from Corpus Christi, the winner of the Inflatable SUP board; Guadalupe Tapia from Houston who won the 50” LED, Flat-screen HDTV; and Ohmaie Gallego from Pflugerville, winner of the Apple iPad! The winners were selected randomly from all photo entries.

    See our Anti-Litter Campaign photo gallery!

  • Comal Park and Canyon Park have updated their hours for the Summer. For more information, visit PARKS.

  • At the January 17 board meeting, board members considered and approved special projects funding in the amount of $7,000 for a zebra mussel study to be conducted downstream of Canyon Lake.
    Zebra mussels are an invasive species that spreads from one body of water to another by boat, creating a negative economic, recreational, and environmental impact on lakes throughout the country. However, there is not a lot known about the spread of mussels downstream of infected reservoirs, such as Canyon Lake.

    Texas Parks & Wildlife is also funding this study, led by Texas State University, to identify and monitor the following:

    Downstream dispersal of larvae
    Quantify settlement rates downstream
    Estimate zebra mussel densities in Canyon Lake; phytoplankton and water transparency
    Production of larvae during summer

    Texas Parks & Wildlife has launched a Zebra Mussel Public Awareness Campaign. TPWD hopes the development of this public awareness campaign will help stop the spread of zebra mussels and the devastating threat they pose to our state’s aquatic ecosystems, private property, and water-related infrastructure. Many have partnered with Texas Parks and Wildlife to raise awareness of zebra mussels in Texas lakes including:

    • Tarrant Regional Water District
    • Trinity River Authority
    • City of Dallas
    • North Texas Municipal Water District
    • Sabine River Authority
    • Brazos River Authority
    • San Jacinto River Authority
    • Guadalupe Blanco River Authority
    • Lower Colorado River Authority
    • Coastal Water Authority
    • Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
    • Water Oriented Recreation District of Comal County
    • Upper Trinity Regional Water District

    Remember, ALL types of boats including kayaks, canoes, and other personal watercraft could transport invasive species and are required to drain all water when approaching or leaving public waters.

    For more information visit texasinvasives.org.

  • WORD has partnered with Fishviews to bring the Guadalupe River to you!

    Our Virtual River Tour is an interactive “street-view” like map with locations tagged for recreation opportunities, fishing, and points of interest. Explore the Nichol’s Landing Paddling Trail above Canyon Lake, or head below Canyon Dam through the Chute!

    This resource will allow tourist to go online and see where they’ve been in the past, as well as plan their next trip to this beautiful area. Businesses have tagged their locations on these maps for visitors to know where they are located. Click on the Upper River or Lower River to start planning your trip to the “Water Recreation Capital of Texas.”