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#10834794 - 05/11/15 09:49 AM Sleeping at a boat ramp allowed?
DEFMP Online   content

Registered: 10/18/13
Posts: 433
Loc: DFW
I'm traveling a good distance during the night to fish the next morning, is it allowed to sleep a few hours in my truck in the parking lot of a boat ramp in a Texas state park?

#10834839 - 05/11/15 09:59 AM Re: Sleeping at a boat ramp allowed? [Re: DEFMP]
RO519 Offline
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Registered: 11/15/11
Posts: 5445
Loc: Clutch City
Texas A&M fishing team did it all the time while I was in school. We would fish Friday afternoon, go get something to eat, then set up camp. Some guys slept in their truck. I slept on the deck of my boat. Some of the guys would string up their own hammocks between the truck and boats and sleep there. Never had any problems with it.
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#10834865 - 05/11/15 10:06 AM Re: Sleeping at a boat ramp allowed? [Re: DEFMP]
David Burton Online   confused
Extreme Angler

Registered: 07/14/11
Posts: 1991
Loc: McKinney, TX
If it is in a State Park, it is technically a "day-use" area. They could give you grief about it. Usually only in State Parks with Campgrounds would this be a major issue. Other public access ramps can be patrolled by TPWD or DPS, depending on the area. You will probably get a nice wake-up and a polite warning at most.
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#10834869 - 05/11/15 10:07 AM Re: Sleeping at a boat ramp allowed? [Re: DEFMP]
forkvet Offline
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Registered: 05/01/07
Posts: 725
Loc: Justin.Tx
No prob. with a CHL thumb

#10835009 - 05/11/15 10:55 AM Re: Sleeping at a boat ramp allowed? [Re: DEFMP]
reeltexan Offline
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Registered: 03/03/06
Posts: 2361
Loc: Ovilla, TEXAS

I've done it many times.
"..The pleasant’st angling is to see the fish
Cut with her golden oars the silver stream,
And greedily devour the treacherous bait.”
Bill Shakespeare

#10835032 - 05/11/15 11:00 AM Re: Sleeping at a boat ramp allowed? [Re: DEFMP]
catslayer Offline
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Registered: 03/03/08
Posts: 3578
Loc: Straight outa Johnson county.....
Done it at ivie, oak creek... depends on the ramp though... Some places "close" at a certain time... If your not loud and obnoxious and don't draw attention to yourself you'll be fine
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#10835055 - 05/11/15 11:06 AM Re: Sleeping at a boat ramp allowed? [Re: DEFMP]
4967 Online   content

Registered: 10/04/12
Posts: 279
Loc: Lake Tawakoni
Best option is to call the Park. They may have a gate that's locked during the night.
No combo may mean you can't even get to the ramp until business hours.
Also, with storms several ramps are currently closed.
Just a thought.
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#10835063 - 05/11/15 11:09 AM Re: Sleeping at a boat ramp allowed? [Re: DEFMP]
04champ Offline
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Registered: 04/22/15
Posts: 6451
Loc: Dallas
"allowed", probably not

as long as you don't draw attention to yourself they probably won't hassle you though

#10836280 - 05/11/15 05:11 PM Re: Sleeping at a boat ramp allowed? [Re: DEFMP]
Moved to Sandlin Offline

Registered: 11/28/13
Posts: 414
Loc: Dallas
Block the ramp and the first fisherman will wake you up !!

#10836520 - 05/11/15 06:46 PM Re: Sleeping at a boat ramp allowed? [Re: DEFMP]
Mark Perry Online   content

Registered: 01/09/04
Posts: 51255
Loc: Highway 1
last time I did it was at Tyler. two buddies that went in on a room for a BWS event were snoring so loud I bailed out about 11:00PM qand slept in my truck at the ramp just to get some rest.

#10836545 - 05/11/15 06:56 PM Re: Sleeping at a boat ramp allowed? [Re: DEFMP]
Frenzy Offline
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Registered: 10/26/10
Posts: 13481
Loc: Arlington
I slept on the boat deck while my dad and his buddy bedded down in the back of a tahoe at the public ramp on fork. I was covered in dew and a bit cold, but I out fished em both!

#10836551 - 05/11/15 06:59 PM Re: Sleeping at a boat ramp allowed? [Re: DEFMP]
1442 Offline

Registered: 04/17/07
Posts: 454
Loc: Orange TX
I've spent many nights in boat ramp parking lots at several differant lakes and have never had any problems.

#10836588 - 05/11/15 07:16 PM Re: Sleeping at a boat ramp allowed? [Re: DEFMP]
ChanceHuiet Offline
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Registered: 01/25/05
Posts: 5375
Loc: Liberty
Done it at Huntsville State Park (Lake Raven) more than a few times. Go fish evening then sleep in truck and wake up start fishing about 2 hours before sunrise. Nbody ever said anything.
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#10836619 - 05/11/15 07:37 PM Re: Sleeping at a boat ramp allowed? [Re: DEFMP]
Knot at work Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 08/20/06
Posts: 4712
Loc: Allen, Texas
Im sure no one would mind or even know for that fact if you have tinted windows. If your grillin hot dogs and crackin cold ones while crankin hank then thats another story
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#10836975 - 05/11/15 09:39 PM Re: Sleeping at a boat ramp allowed? [Re: DEFMP]
pil,b Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 05/30/11
Posts: 1395
Loc: abilene,texas
Can't at Amiistad, nephew drove from Abilene after work and arrived around midnight plenty of parking and was going to catch 4-5 hrs in his truck, park service made him leave. fish


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