Jump into the New Year

Jump into the New Year

Brazos River Roundup for January

Upper Basin

  • Jan. 1: MINERAL WELLS – First Day Hike
    10 a.m. to noon Jan. 1 at Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway, 100 Park Road 71 in Mineral Wells.
    Start your New Year in the great outdoors! Explore beautiful sandstone formations in remote areas only accessible on this guided hike. Join Park Interpreter David Owens on a wild walk, crawl and scoot through some of the most remote areas of beautiful Penitentiary Hollow. This is a strenuous walk involving some crawling through tight spaces in rock cracks, crevices and short caves. Expect to get dirty!
    Sturdy shoes, long pants and long-sleeved shirts are recommended.  
    Reservations are required. Call (940) 328-1171, x222.
    For more information, contact David Owens at 940-328-1171, x222, or david.owens@tpwd.texas.gov.
  • Jan. 7: LUBBOCK – Water Department Storytime
    10:30 a.m. Jan. 7 at Mahon, 1306 9th St. in Lubbock.
    The city of Lubbock Water Department will be at storytime to read, The Snowflake: A Water Cycle Story, by Neil Waldman. Participants will then make pipe cleaner and pony bead snowflakes. This event is for children ages 2 to 5. For more information, go here


  • Jan. 11: ABILENE – Abilene Trout Fest
    10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 22 at Cal Young Park, 950 T&P Lane in Abilene.
    Bring the family out for a free fishing event!
    The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Abilene Parks and Recreation are hosting a free event to bring fishing fun to families in Abilene. TPWD will stock over a thousand rainbow trout in the lake for this event, and experts will be on hand to help all levels of anglers in catching these colorful fish. Other fun activities include fish identification, casting, knot tying, and more. Hot dogs, chips, and hot cocoa will be provided. Loaner tackle will be available for kids, but supplies are limited. Bring your own equipment if possible. Participants 17 and over will need a valid Texas fishing license.
    For more information about the Abilene Trout Fest, please call (325) 676-6445.

Central Basin

  • Jan. 1: MOODY - First Day Hike
    Join the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in a First Day Hike at Mother Neff State Park, 1680 Texas 236 Highway in Moody.
    Pre-registration for hikes is required this year due to parking limitations. Call the park at (254) 853-2389 to save a spot. Two hike options will be available. One is easy and one is more moderate difficulty. Both hike types are available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The program is free; however, park entrance fees do apply: $2 per person 13 and older. Children 12 and under are free.
  • Jan. 4: GRANBURY: Lake Granbury Goosebump Jump
    10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 4 at City Beach Park, 623 W. Pearl St. in Granbury.
    Visit Granbury, Convention & Visitors Bureau is challenging the community, civic organizations, charitable organizations, and brave individuals to help kick-off the Winter-Guest Tourism Season (January - February) by jumping into the frigid waters of Lake Granbury. This is the first-ever Lake Granbury Goosebump Jump event.
    There is a $10 registration fee and a chance to win $1,000. Judges will award trophies to winning participants for the best costume representing Granbury, best overall costume, longest distance traveled, and the oldest participant to take the plunge. You can register family and friends to join your organizations’ team or come as an individual. Registration includes a waiver each participant must sign.
    Registration is available online at www.visitgranbury.com/goosebumpjump or pick up applications at Visit Granbury, 201 E. Pearl St.
    The event will include free hot cocoa, coffee, cookies, and more to be enjoyed in the warm comfort of the Lobby at Hilton Garden Inn after the jump.
    For questions or to enter the Goosebump Jump, please contact Sam Carr at 817-573-5548.
  • Jan. 4: GLEN ROSE – Park Clean Up
    9 to 11 a.m. Nov. 2 at Dinosaur Valley State Park, 1629 Park Road 59, in Glen Rose.
    Grab a buddy or four, a pair of gloves, and get ready to make a difference! This is your chance to give back to the park, the environment, and your community. With all of us working together, we can make a significant positive impact. All participants picking up trash will receive free park admission all day. Trash bags will be provided. Bring gloves, water and a willingness to help.
    For more information, contact Zachary Riggs at (817) 776-3924 or zachary.riggs@tpwd.texas.gov.
  • Jan. 4: COMANCHE – Proctor Lake Christmas Bird Count
    7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 4 at Proctor Lake, 2180 F.M. 2861 in Comanche.
    Come explore the Proctor Lake area and participate in the Second Proctor Lake and 120th national Christmas Bird Count. Learn about the birds of North Central Texas and the hobby of birding. This is an excellent and fun way to see the natural resources managed by the Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, all while participating in one of the world's oldest and largest citizen science wildlife monitoring programs. Beginners welcome, and drivers and experienced birders needed. 
    Email Kyle.J.Watter@usace.army.mil for more information, route maps, and to sign up.
  • Jan. 20: WACO – MLK Day of Service: Brazos River Cleanup
    11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 20 at Waco Paddle Company, 200 S, University Parks Drive in Waco.
    Keep Waco Beautiful and Waco Paddle Company are hosting its annual #MLKDAYofService Brazos River Cleanup. We will have our registration table across from the Waco Paddle Company Rental truck. All materials will be provided by Keep Waco Beautiful. Dress for appropriate weather and please bring a reusable water bottle. Kayaks are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
    For more information, contact Keep Waco Beautiful at 254-339-1077 or kwacob@gmail.com.
  • Jan. 31: GLEN ROSE – Evening Track Talk
    5 p.m. Jan. 31 at Dinosaur Valley State Park, 1629 Park Road 59, in Glen Rose.
    Gather round and hear the tale 113-million-year-old story of the dinosaur tracks! Join a Ranger as we step back in time and discuss the dinosaur tracks that put us on the map. Meet: At the Main Track Site. Bring: Your questions. Cost: Free with park admission. Park admission is free with a Texas Parks Pass.
    For more information, contact Zachary Riggs at (817) 776-3924 or zachary.riggs@tpwd.texas.gov.

Lower Basin

  • Jan. 1: SOMERVILLE – First Day Hike 
    Start the new year off outdoors with a hike on the Cedar Creek trail guided by a park ranger at 10 a.m. Jan. 1. The hike is moderate difficulty level, about 1.5 miles, and will last about an hour.
    Meet at Nails Creek Headquarters and wear comfortable hiking shoes. 
    The park entrance fee is $4 per person for anyone 13 and older. Children 12 and under get in free.
    For more information, contact the Nails Creek State Park Headquarters at (979) 289-2392 or dena.melvin@tpwd.texas.gov.
  • Jan. 1: NEEDVILLE – First Day Hike
    10 a.m. to noon Jan. 1 at Brazos Bend State Park, 21901 F.M. 762 in Needville.
    Join the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department for this one-mile guided hike to learn more about the plants, animals, ecosystems and local history of Brazos Bend State Park. Bring binoculars if you have them.
    Meet at the 40 Acre Lake Bathrooms and learn about the diverse ecosystems and plants and animals that call Brazos Bend home.
    Everyone in the family is welcome, even your leashed canine family members! This trail is perfect for strollers and the hike and is perfect for kids.
    Make sure to bring comfortable hiking shoes, water, sunscreen and bug spray. This event is weather permissible.
    For more information, contact David Heinicke at david.heinicke@tpwd.texas.gov.

If your group or organization would like to add a future event to the Brazos Basin Calendar, email the information to cassie.smith@brazos.org.