Title 31, Part 2, Chapter 59
Rules of Conduct in the Park
(a) Abandoned and unattended property. It is an offense for any person to:
(1) abandon a vehicle or other personal property;
(2) leave a vehicle, boat, barge, or other property unattended in a unit of the state park system in such a manner as to create a hazardous or unsafe condition; or
(3) leave property unattended in a state park without having received prior permission from the director or to leave a vehicle unattended after the closing hour, unless such person is legally in the park after closing, and unless he has parked the vehicle in a place designated by the director or he has prior permission from the director.
(b) Alcoholic beverages. It is an offense for any person to:
(1) consume or display an alcoholic beverage in a public place; or
(2) sell alcoholic beverages within a state park.
(c) Animals. Except as provided in this subsection, it is an offense for any person to bring into a state park, possess while in a state park, or release into a state park any species of animal. A pet, equine, or llama may be brought into and possessed within a state park as provided in this subsection.
(1) Equine or llama. It is an offense for any person to:
(A) ride, drive, lead, or keep an equine or llama, except in designated areas;
(B) ride an equine or llama in a manner that is dangerous to a person or animal;
(C) allow an equine or llama to stand unattended or insecurely tied; or
(D) hitch an equine or llama to a tree, shrub, or structure in any manner that may cause damage.
(2) Pets. It is an offense for any person to:
(A) bring into, possess, or permit to roam within a state park a pet, unless the pet is secured by a leash not exceeding six feet in length, confined in a vehicle, or confined in a suitable cage;
(B) bring into or possess within a state park an unattended pet;
(C) fail to immediately collect and properly dispose of fecal material deposited by a pet for which a person is responsible. For purposes of this paragraph, "properly dispose" means to deposit fecal material in an appropriate solid waste collection container;
(D) bring a pet into an area where pets are prohibited;
(E) permit a pet (except a trained assistance animal accompanying a person with a disability) to enter into or remain in any building or enclosure designated for public use including, but not limited to, a restaurant, snack bar, cabin, lodge room, restroom, park store, shelter, refectory building, amphitheater, administration building, or railroad coach;
(F) permit a pet in the water of a designated swimming area or to permit a pet animal (except a trained assistance animal accompanying a person with a disability) within the land or beach area adjacent to the water of a designated swimming area; or
(G) possess a noisy, vicious, or dangerous pet, or a pet which creates a disturbance to or hazard within a state park.
(3) Wildlife. It is an offense for any person to:
(A) harm, harass, disturb, trap, confine, catch, possess, or remove any wildlife, or portions of wildlife from a unit of the state park system, except by a permit issued by the director or as provided by the Parks and Wildlife Code, Chapter 62, Subchapter D;
(B) release or introduce any species of animal life within a park (including waters within a park), except as authorized by the Parks and Wildlife Code and written order of the Executive Director or designee; or
(C) feed or offer food to any wildlife or exotic wildlife, or to leave food unsecured in a manner that makes the food available to wildlife or exotic wildlife, unless specifically authorized by the department. The feeding of birds may be permitted on a park-by-park basis as prescribed by the department.
(d) Arms and Firearms. It is an offense for any person to display or discharge an arm or firearm in a state park, unless:
(1) the person is participating in a public hunting activity within the state park that has been authorized by written order of the director so long as the person is in compliance with the applicable public hunting rules and regulations;
(2) the person is fishing by means of lawful archery equipment or is participating in an authorized, supervised recreational or educational activity;
(3) the person is licensed to possess and carry a handgun under Government Code, Chapter 411, Subchapter H, and is in possession of and/or carrying the handgun in compliance with applicable law, including, but not limited to, applicable regulations adopted pursuant to Government Code, Chapter 411, Subchapter H; or
(4) the person has been authorized by written order of the director.
(e) Closed Area. It is an offense for any person to:
(1) prevent or interfere with development, construction, or management of a state park; or
(2) enter or remain in an area of a state park that has been closed by the director for any reason, including security, safety, preservation, or restoration.