South Texas Plains
2010 Census - 1,488
2000 Census - 664
Elmendorf, Texas

Elmendorf Texas History:
Elmendorf was established in 1885, and was named for Henry Elmendorf, a former San Antonio mayor and the promoter of the first area brick factory. After W.F. Saenger discovered the area clay was suitable for pottery, pottery became important local industry. For years, Stary Clay Products was the town’s largest employer. The Elmendorf post office was established in 1886. By 1890, the town had a pottery, a general store, a hotel, and fifty residents. Elmendorf is now the site of olive orchards. Many Elmendorf residents commute to San Antonio for work. Elmendorf is located at the intersections of U.S. 181, Loop 1604, FM 327 and CR 128 (Old Corpus Christi Road), 17.4 miles southeast of San Antonio, 18 miles southwest of La Vernia, 12 miles southwest of Adkins, 17.7 miles northwest of Floresville, 64 miles northwest of Three Rivers, 28 miles northeast of Pleasanton, and 40 miles southeast of Castroville, Texas.
Tom’s Burgers & More:
Tom’s serves delicious hamburgers. (210) 633-0143. The restaurant is located at 13950 IH-37 South, in Elmendorf, Texas 78112. Reviews  
Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard & Saturday Lunch, Elmendorf, TX: 
Sandy Winokur grows and sells olive trees, produces and sells olive oil and other olive based products, offers educational information on her website, and hosts olive cultivation seminars. She sells her products online, and at Pearl Farmer’s Market in front of the Sandbar Restaurant on Saturdays, 9am-1pm. Tastings of her olive products are available at the orchard Tue-Sat, 9am-4pm. Tours with tastings are offered at 11am on Saturdays. Saturday lunch is served from noon-3pm. Sandy Oaks also offers cooking classes and operates a gift shop. The Pearl Farmer’s Market is located at 200 E. Grayson Street, San Antonio, 78215. Call the orchard at (210) 621-0044. The olive orchard is located at 25195 Mathis Road, Elmendorf, Texas 78112. Email 
Texas Wildflowers:
Due to budget constraints, TX-DOT no longer maintains a website offering spring wildflower sightings. Information is available at the magazine.
Birding - Heart of Texas East Birding Trail:
Alamo Loop:San Antonio
Mission Loop:San Antonio, Jourdanton, Charlotte, Dilley, Campbelton, Tilden
Texas Bird Checklist with Photos
Bexar County Bird Checklist
Bexar County Bird Checklist with Photos
Bird Checklist for South Texas Brushlands
John William Helton San Antonio River Nature Center, 98 Acres:
As of 2012 this new nature center was being developed by the San Antonio River Authority (SARA) at the confluence of the San Antonio River and Calaveras Creek. The master plan includes developing trails, campsites and an education center. The San Antonio River Saspamco Paddling Trail has been developed. The nature center is the take-out point for this 12 mile paddling trail. Nature Center events include SARA hosted bird walks and geocaching. Reservations for hikes may be made by calling (210) 302-3625. The nature center opened in 2011 for day use only on weekends, 7am-8pm. The park is located in Wilson County near the town of Calaveras, a few miles southeast of Elmendorf and a few miles northwest of Floresville, Texas at 15662 FM 775.For more nature center information call (210) 302-3280. SARA Event Calendar  Calaveras Texas Map
San Antonio River:
The 240 mile San Antonio River originates in Central Texas from a cluster of springs known as the San Antonio Springs Blue Hole. These headwaters are located approximately 4 miles north of downtown San Antonio at the University of the Incarnate Word. Olmos Creek empties into the river just below its head, and other springs continue to join as the river flows through the city. The river flows in a roughly southeastern path through Bexar, Wilson, Karnes, Goliad, Victoria and Refugio Counties before emptying into the Guadalupe River approximately 10 miles upstream from San Antonio Bay (Town of Seadrift) on the Gulf of Mexico. The most famous portion of the river is the San Antonio River Walk San Antonio River Walk in San Antonio, Texas. Fish Stocking History
Saspamco Paddling Trail, 12 Miles:
The first put-in site is located on the Loop 1604 San Antonio River Bridge; an alternate mid-point put-in site is available at 1239 Wilson County Road 125, 0.3 miles east of FM 1303. The take-out point is located at the Helton-San Antonio River Nature Park at 15662 FM 775 near Calaveras, Texas. Beginning in February 2012 the three river access sites will be open only on Saturdays and Sundays during daylight hours; updates on new hours will be available by clicking the above link. Calaveras Texas Map
Victor Braunig Lake & Park (formerly East Lake), 1350 Acres, Elmendorf, TX:
This reservoir is located on Calaveras and Chupaderas Creeks just east of IH-35 near Elmendorf, 15 miles south of downtown San Antonio on. The reservoir was formed in 1962 by the construction of a dam to provide a cooling pond for a power plant supplying power to San Antonio. The lake has 1,350 surface acres and a maximum depth of 50 feet. Together with nearby Calaveras Lake, Braunig Lake was one of the first projects in the nation to use treated wastewater for power plant cooling. Lake recreation includes boating and fishing. The lake has been stocked with red drum, hybrid striped bass, catfish and largemouth bass, and is popular for its trophy size bass. Amenities include boat ramps, lighted fishing piers, a fish cleaning station, boat rentals, tent campsites, RV sites, sheltered picnic tables, a playground and restrooms. A 75 person capacity picnic pavilion with electricity and restrooms is available for rent. Open daily, 6am-8pm for day users. (210) 635-8291. The park is located at 17500 Donop Road, SA, 78223. From IH-37 south; take Exit 130 (Donop Road) and follow the signs. Email  Fish Stocking History  Lake Records  Current Fishing Report      
Calaveras Lake & Park, 3,624 Acres, Elmendorf, TX:
The lake was impounded in 1969 and has a maximum depth of 45 feet. The park serves both Calaveras Lake and Braunig Lake near Elmendorf. Amenities include a nature trail, campsites, RV sites, shaded picnic tables, a fishing pier and boat ramp, playgrounds, paddleboat rentals, restrooms and parking. Activities include birding, fishing, camping, picnicking, boating and water sports. Fish species include blue and channel catfish, hybrid striped bass, largemouth bass and red fish (red drum. Spring wildflowers are stunning! Park fees apply. Open daily, 6am-8pm for day users. (210) 635-8359. The park is located at 12991 Bernhardt Road. The lake is located 20 miles southeast of downtown San Antonio. From Loop 410, proceed southeast on U.S. Highway 181 south, then turn left on Loop 1604 and proceed for two miles; turn left on Stuart Road and proceed for 1/2 mile to the park entrance. Email  Fish Stocking History  Lake Records   Current Fishing Report  TPWD Public Access Facilities Map     
Topcat Canyon Lake Fishing Guide Service:
Offers guided fishing trips on Lake Dunlap, Lake McQueeney, Lake Placid, Choke Canyon, Pecos River, Lake Braunig, Lake Calaveras, Granger Lake, the Highland Lakes and Canyon Lake (bass). (512) 663-7166. Email
Bret Fisher Fishing on Braunig & Calaveras Lakes:
Offers guided fishing trips on Braunig & Calaveras Lakes near San Antonio, Choke Canyon, Falcon Lake, Canyon Lake and Coleto Creek Lake. (210) 394-3925.
Learn to Camp at Texas Parks & Wildlife State Parks' Outdoor Family Camping Workshops:
Theseworkshops are family camping sessions designed to teach camping skills to those who do not know how to camp; everything is provided from tent to broom. Gear includes a coffee pot, dishes, cooking pots, a camp stove, a battery operated fan and lantern, air mattresses, and a tent. Basic skills taught include pitching a tent, making a campfire, cooking on a propane camp stove, geocaching and using a GPS. Wildlife viewing, fishing and kayaking are available depending on the park and its facilities. After making reservations, families will be sent a packet of information which includes a grocery list. Those interested in this program may sign up for E-Mail Updates on Currently Scheduled Workshops. (512) 389-8903. Calendar
Hunt Texas Online Connection:
More than 95% of Texas land is privately owned, making it hard for hunters to find affordable hunting opportunities. The Texas Parks and Wildlife has a huge public hunting program, and has developed a new service to help hunters find hunting places. This new service is provided free by the TPWD. It allows landowners to list available hunting leases or spots that have opened up, and allows hunters to find private hunting leases according to their preferences. 
Hunting, Texas Parks and Wildlife, General Hunting Information
Hunting, Public Hunting on State Lands, TPWD
Hunter Education
Hunting Season by Animal
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Donations