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County
Calhoun
Region
Gulf Coast
Population
2010 Census - 250
2000 Census - Unknown
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Magnolia Beach, Texas
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Magnolia Beach Texas History:
Magnolia Beach is located on Lavaca Bay. Attempts in the late 1800s to form a community were unsuccessful, though some lots were sold for summer homes. A community developed around the summer homes and was named Magnolia Beach after the Magnolia fig that was grown in the area. By 1914, the town had a general store, telephone service, and approximately 80 residents. The town is still primarily a vacation area offering shell beaches, great fishing and birding. Magnolia Beach is located adjacent to Indianola along Lavaca Bay on North Ocean Drive, 10 miles east of Port Lavaca, 20 miles from Seadrift, and 9 miles from Port O’Connor, Texas.  
 
Beach and Boat Ramp, Crabbing Bridge:
The boat ramp is called Crab Bridge because crabbing is good at the site; benches are located nearby. The public beach is located near the boat ramp; beach fires are permitted within reason. Picnic tables, swings, basketball courts, and a small (treacherous L shaped pier) are located down the beach. The beach begins at the end of Margi Tewmey Street and eventually runs into Indianola Beach to the southeast. The road along the beach is called Ocean Drive.
 
Indianola County Historic Park, 300 Acres:
Amenities include RV and other campsites, sheltered picnic tables (bright blue) with BBQ grills, restrooms, a fishing pier, and a boat ramp. Activities include birding, fishing, swimming, camping, and historic study. In 1958 the state acquired the site from Calhoun County; it was returned to the county in 1970 and ceased to operate as a state park. The park is located at the end of SH 316 on the shores of Lavaca Bay, thirteen miles southeast of Port Lavaca at the site of old Indianola. (361) 553-4600.
 
Birding - Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, Central Gulf Coast Region:
Calhoun Loop:  Port Lavaca, Point Comfort, Magnolia Beach, Indianola, Port O’Connor, Seadrift, Longmont, to Austwell
Texana Loop:  Lake Texana, Ganado, Edna, Lolita, La Salle, Vanderbilt to La Ward to Point Comfort
Tres Palacios Loop:  Matagorda, Collegeport, Port Alto, Olivia, Lolita, La Ward to Port Lavaca  
Matagorda Loop:  Brazosport, Angleton, Sargent, Matagorda, Big Boggy NWR
Texas Bird Checklist with Photos    
Calhoun County Bird Checklist with Photos
Athey Nature Area Bird Checklist, Victoria
Athey Nature Area Butterfly Checklist, Victoria
Athey Nature Center Dragonfly List, Victoria
William Henry Schroeder Island Bird Sanctuary Checklist Coming Soon, Victoria, Port O’Connor
Matagorda NWR Bird Checklist, Port O’Connor
McFaddin & Texas Point NWR Bird Checklist

Mosquito Information:
The months of April through October are the worst months for mosquitoes. Rub yourself with Bounce Fabric Softener sheets, or with Vicks Vapor Rub or pure Mexican Vanilla. Some swear taking a daily vitamin B-1 pill works to repel mosquitoes. Mosquitoes love you when you eat bananas. Mosquitoes are also attracted to some perfumes, including perfumed shampoos. Planting Marigolds in your yard repels mosquitoes. On a picnic table try covering the bottom of a white plate with “lemon fresh” dish wash soap, or use citronella candles. Home Depot sometimes sells the candles in small metal buckets. The ThermaCell Mosquito Repellant is also quite effective in ridding small outdoor areas of mosquitos. Dynatrap Company makes a large standing electric mosquito machine that works like electric bug zappers. It is very successful at making large areas mosquito free. When purchasing mosquito repellent buy those with the ingredient N, N-diethyl-M-toluamide. The fine net clothing available from Cabela’s and other sporting goods stores is highly effective in preventing mosquito bites.
 
Magnolia Beach, #031 on the Calhoun Birding Loop:
Magnolia Beach and Indianola offer great birding. The generally intact prairie features scattered rice fields that attract wintering sandhill cranes, snow geese and a variety of hawks. During the spring watch the rice paddies for migrating shorebirds including Wilson’s phalarope, Hudsonian godwit and buff-breasted sandpiper. The marshes near the Magnolia and the LaSalle Monument attract rails during the spring. The bay located north of the monument attracts waterbirds.
 
Alligator Alley:
A 14 foot alligator is occasionally seen here. Don’t feed him; he may have become aggressive. From Marji Tewmey Road, go right (southeast) on N. Ocean Drive. At the intersection of N. Ocean Drive and FM 316, go right and drive approximately 200 yards, then turn left onto Brighton Avenue.
 
Indianola Fishing Marina:
This marina was previously known as Ed Bell’s Bait Camp. Amenities include an ADA compliant lighted fishing pier, ADA compliant restrooms, a lighted fish cleaning station, a wade fishing area, restrooms, a large waterfront seating area, a store selling beverages, gas, ice and groceries, a grill serving breakfast, burgers and seafood, fishing license sales, bait and tackle sales, kayak rentals, cabins, and RV sites with hookups. A dump station is available for renters only. They have a nice collection of vintage photos including before and after photos of Hurricane Carla. The store is open Sun-Thu, 5:30am-10pm; Fri-Sat, 5:30am to midnight. The fishing pier is open 24 hours. The marina is located at the mouth of Powderhorn Bay. (361) 552-5350. 8 Bell Street, Indianola (Port Lavaca Mail), 77979 
 
Capt. Rick Kelly Fishing Guide Service:
The boat is docked at the Indianola Marina. (361) 648-8228.
 
Oceanside RV Park:
Amenities in this new RV park include a 300 foot fishing pier (for guests only), 8 large pull through sites, concrete 40X20 foot pads, 30/50 amp electric, satellite TV, and free Wi-Fi; other amenities are planned. (361) 564-0055. 1162 Ocean Drive North, Magnolia Beach, Texas 77979  Email.    
 
Guadalupe Delta Wildlife Management Area Information:
This 6,200 acre Wildlife Management Area was established in 1984 along the Texas coast between Houston and Corpus Christi. It consists of 6,200 acres of freshwater marsh which is subject to flooding from the Guadalupe River and its adjacent bayous. The WMA is divided into 4 units. Habitat includes natural and manmade coastal wetlands, riparian areas, and the adjacent uplands located in the vicinity of the delta of the Guadalupe and San Antonio Rivers. Due to the discharge of fresh water from the Guadalupe River, the bay salinity is extremely low compared to the salinity levels of other Texas bays. Endangered or threatened species inhabiting the WMA include the Brown Pelican, Reddish Egret, White-faced Ibis, Wood Stork, American Bald Eagle, White-tailed Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, Whooping Crane, and the Texas Diamondback Terrapin. The area provides excellent forage for Neotropical songbirds, and serves as a breeding ground and nursery for red drum, Atlantic croaker, spotted seatrout, brown shrimp, white shrimp, blue crab, and other marine species. Activities include hunting, fishing, crabbing and birding. For more complete WMA information, go to the Guadalupe Delta WMA Home Page. From Victoria, take SH 185 southeast to SH 35. Go right on SH 35 and drive 1 mile to the entrance. The WMA is located 3 miles northeast of Tivoli.
 
Matagorda Island Wildlife Management Area Information:
The 56,688 acre Matagorda Island is now jointly managed as a WMA by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The 56,688 acre barrier island is one of the five barrier islands located on the Texas Gulf Coast (Gulf of Mexico), and is the only one entirely owned by the public. The island is magnificent in its near pristine, windswept environment, and it’s almost total isolation. It is located 55 miles northeast of Corpus Christi, is from 1 to 4 miles wide, and is 38 miles long. The north end is separated from Matagorda Peninsula by Paso Cavallo, and the south end is separated from St. Joseph Island by Cedar Bayou. The west side (bayside) is located approximately 5 miles off the mainland, and across Espiritu Santo, San Antonio and Mesquite Bays. Until the ferry service ended with the burning of the ferry, the TPWD had a presence on the island, and managed the north end of the island as Matagorda Island State Park. The park is now managed as a WMA. The south end of the island is part of the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge Complex owned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The TPWD is responsible for public use management of the island, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is responsible for wildlife and habitat management. A Limited Public Use (LPU) Permit or an Annual Public Hunting (APH) Permit is required for all persons, except for youth under age 17, who must be accompanied by a permitted adult. The boat dock located at the former TPWD headquarters area is located approximately 11 water miles from Port O’Connor. (979) 323-9553. For more complete WMA information, go to the Matagorda Island WMA Home Page. Island access is by private boat or charter boat from Port O’Connor.
 
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. 
                      
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