Motor Vehicles Are Prohibited In Texas Navigable Riverbeds STARTING JANUARY 1, 2004
• The Canadian River and Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River are exempted by statute.
• A motor vehicle is defined as “any wheeled or tracked vehicle, machine, tractor, trailer, or semitrailer propelled or drawn by mechanical power and used to transport a person or thing.”
• A navigable river or stream is one that “retains an average width of 30 or more feet from the mouth or confluence up.”
• The public retains constitutional right to travel navigable waterways, as long as a motor vehicle is not used.
• It is illegal to obstruct, restrict, or interfere with lawful public recreational use of a navigable river or stream.
• Crossing private property without permission to access a river or stream is illegal.
• Local River Access Plans may allow motor vehicles in specified river areas.
• Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is seeking grant proposals and sites for off-road vehicle parks.