Gulf Coast
2010 Census - 555
2000 Census - 548
Lolita, Texas
Lolita Texas History:
In 1830 Philip Dimitt, one of the first Americans to enter Spanish Texas, established a horse trading post two miles north of present day Lolita. By 1840 Isaac N. Mitchell settled in the area. His son purchased the old George Ewing league and a portion of the Stephen F. Austin Grant. In 1880, the son fenced his ranch with barbed wire, the first barbed wire fence in Jackson County. The town was founded in 1909 on Mitchell Ranch land; it was named Lolita after the granddaughter of Texas Revolution veteran Charles Keller Reese. That same year the town got a post office and the railroad installed a switch. Lolita is located on the Lavaca River at the intersection of FM 1593 and FM 616, 4 miles south of Lake Texana, 12 miles north of Point Comfort, and approximately 12 miles southeast of Edna, Texas.
Birding - Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, Central Gulf Coast Region:
Texana Loop:  Lake Texana, Ganado, Edna, Lolita, La Salle, Vanderbilt to La Ward to Point Comfort
Texas Bird Checklist with Photos
Jackson County 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
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.
Lavaca/Navidad Estuary, #023 on the Texana Loop, Lolita TX:
Amenities include a parking lot and an observation platform. Few sites along the Texas coast match this site for its wildlife spectacle. Thousands of herons, egrets, spoonbills, Anhinga, ducks, bitterns, and shorebirds frequent this area. Look for wood storks in the early fall. From SH 111, go south on FM 3131 to its intersection with FM 1593. Go right (south) on FM 1593 to FM 616 in Lolita. Go right (west) on FM 616 and proceed until reaching the observation deck.
Lavaca River:
The Lavaca River rises in the far northeastern corner of Gonzales County and flows southeast for 115 miles, crossing Lavaca and Jackson Counties to its mouth on Lavaca Bay in northern Calhoun County, 1.25 miles north of Point Comfort, Texas. The river depends on rainfall rather than springs for its water source. The river flows by several towns, including Hallettsville, Edna, Moulton, and Vanderbilt. Its primary tributary is the Navidad River which enters from the east two miles northeast of Vanderbilt, Texas. The North Fork of the river rises on the Lavaca-Fayette County line and flows south through Lavaca County for 7.5 miles to its mouth on the main Lavaca River, three miles southwest of Komensky. The West Prong of the Lavaca River rises three miles southwest of Moulton in western Lavaca County and flows east for 7.5 miles to its mouth on the Lavaca River 1.5 miles southeast of Moulton, Texas.
Lake Texana Information:
Construction on the Lake Texana Palmetto Bend Dam and spillway on the Navidad River began in 1973. Because of legal challenges the dam was not completed until May, 1980. The lake and recreation areas opened to the public in 1981. The 9,272 surface acre lake has 125 miles of shoreline, and a maximum depth of 58 feet. The lake was named after the town of Texana, established in 1832 near the junction of the Navidad and Lavaca rivers. Texana was inundated when the lake was impounded. The Lavaca-Navidad River Authority manages the lake and over 7,000 acres of land around the lake. This authority owns the Brackenridge Plantation Park, Campground and Lake Texana Marina, the Mustang Primitive Campground, eight public boat ramps, and three fishing areas. These facilities were leased to the Gulf Bend Mental Health/Mental Retardation Center in June, 1990. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department manages the Lake Texana State Park. The lake is located on U.S. 59, 8 miles east of Edna. For more complete lake information, go to the Lake Texana Home Page. Lake Texana Location Map  Current Lake Level  TPWD Public Access Facilities Map
Texana Park & Campground, Formerly Lake Texana State Park:
In 2013, Lake Texana State Park management was transferred to the Lavaca-Navidad River Authority and the park was renamed “Texana Park & Campground.” This 575 acre park is located on the shores of Lake Texana, a reservoir on the Navidad River. It is No. 020 on the Texana Birding Loop. Habitat consists of mixed oak and pecan woodlands. Wildlife includes white-tailed deer, rabbits, armadillos and raccoons, and occasional sightings of bobcat and turkey. Alligators are found in the park coves. The 9,272 surface acre Lake Texana has 125 miles of shoreline, and a maximum depth of 58 feet. The lake was named for Texana, Texas, founded in 1832, and later flooded when the dam creating Lake Texana was built. The park is located 46 Park Road 1, approximately 7 miles east of Edna, Texas. (361) 782-5718. The Lavaca-Navidad River Authority is located at 4631 FM 3131, Edna, Texas 77957. For more information, go to the Edna, Texas Home Page and Click on Outdoors. Email
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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