LAREDO — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, in close coordination with state and local officials, will be reopening Lake Casa Blanca International State Park for limited weekend use starting May 8. The park will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m-5 p.m. for 250 visitors with pre-purchased day passes. No walk-ins will be admitted to the park at this time.
In correlation with the new business practices in place at all Texas State Parks, visitors are required to pre-purchase day passes through the Texas State Parks Reservation System or by calling the Customer Service Center before traveling to the park. Guests will need to bring their permits either digitally or printed to the park to check in when they arrive.
Visitors can begin making reservations through the online reservation system and through the customer service center Thursday, May 7. Reserve day passes online at www.texasstateparks.org or by calling 512-389-8900. Spanish speaking customer service representatives are available for anyone wanting to book a day pass over the phone.
Portions of the park, including the fishing pier and all camping loops will remain closed at this time, but visitors will still be able to fish from the shoreline and utilize the boat ramp. The park will also have restrooms open for the public during their visit.
Guests are encouraged to help park staff maintain the cleanliness of the park by ensuring they pick up after themselves, utilize the additional handwashing stations provided and follow increased hygienic practices in all public spaces like restrooms.
Existing social distancing standards and public health recommendations currently in effect for all park visitors include the recommendation to wear face coverings and bring one’s own supply of hand sanitizer. State parks will also continue the requirement of a six-foot distance from individuals outside of their party, including the prohibition of the gathering of groups larger than five that are not part of the same family or household.
Other operational changes still in effect at parks include the suspension of all transactions at parks, events and in-person interpretive programs. All group-use facilities, visitor and nature centers, headquarters and other enclosed spaces where people congregate will also remain closed.