Gulf Coast
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Loyola Beach, Texas
Loyola Beach Texas History:
In 1935, local farmer and carpenter Orlando Underbrink purchased land and named it Loyola Beach after his father. He built a grocery store, several rental cottages and a fishing pier. He also established Orlando’s Café which was later sold to Cottle and Faye Ware who reopened it as the Kings Inn Restaurant. In 1955, Kleberg County opened Leo Kaufer Park down the road from the restaurant. In 1975, local property owners established the Baffin Bay Water Supply Corporation which now furnishes water to Loyola Beach, Vattman and Riviera Beach. The population is fairly stable at 100 to 125 residents. The economy is based on fishing services, farming, winter visitors, and the Kings Inn. Loyola Beach is located on FM 628 and the Callo del Grullo, an inlet of Baffin Bay which is located west of, and across the Laguna Madre from Padre Island National Seashore. Baffin Bay is world renowned for its large spotted sea trout . The town is located 61 miles southwest of Corpus Christi, 44 miles south of Robstown, 28 miles southeast of Bishop, 22 miles southeast of Kingsville, 11.4 miles northeast of Riviera, 68.4 miles north of Raymondville, 91 miles north of Harlingen, 4.3 miles northwest of Riviera Beach, and 130 miles northwest of South Padre Island, Texas.
Robert J. Kleberg Public Library, 1927 Building, Kingsville:
The Kingsville Texas library is the closest library. It was founded in 1909 by the Woman’s Club of Kingsville. The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, genealogy resources, adult and children’s computer labs, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. Open Tue-Fri, 8am-6pm; Sat, 9am-1pm; closed Sunday and Monday. (361) 592-6381. The library is located at 220 N. 4th Street, Kingsville, 21 miles northwest of Loyola Beach.
Annual Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church Thanksgiving Picnic, Vattman, Texas: Email for annual flyer
The former town of Vattman is located at the intersection of FM 626 and FM 772, east of Riviera. On Thanksgiving Day the women of Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church host the annual Vattmann Community Thanksgiving Dinner from 11am to 2pm. Over 2,000 people from the surrounding area attend this event which started in 1914. The dinner menu includes turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, garden salads, cranberry sauce, breads, dessert, and beverages. Other activities include a turkey shoot, arts and crafts, a country store, a raffle and a silent auction, a moonwalk, a fish pond, a country/western dance, Daub Bingo, a hayride, and fabulous cookbook sales. From south of Kingsville, go five miles east on FM 628 towards Loyola Beach and the Kings Inn. The church and hall are located on your left at 204 Palm Avenue, Riviera. The church is visible from FM 626. (361) 297-5255.  Email
Kings Inn Restaurant, Loyola Beach, Texas:
This is the best seafood restaurant in South Texas if not in Texas; it is a great stop on the way to SPI. All seafood is fresh and is lightly battered; choose from fish (drum and others), shrimp and oysters. The tartar sauce is delicious. The onion rings are very, very thinly cut and lightly battered; they are delicious and somehow escape being greasy. French fries are ok. The salad we order is outstanding. It consists of a plate piled high with chopped iceberg lettuce mixed with chopped tomatoes and a wonderful light dressing; the mound is covered with sliced avocados (always great tasting). They have other menu items, but I don’t know what they are; I haven’t looked at their menu in 30 years. The restaurant is located in Loyola Beach on Baffin Bay. Open Tue-Sat, 11am-10pm; closed Sundays and Mondays. The restaurant is packed on Friday and Saturday nights so consider making reservations. (361) 297-5265. 1116 E. CR 2270, Riviera, Texas 78379. From Kingsville drive south on .U.S 77 for approximately 8 miles until you see the large Kings Inn sign on the east side (left) of the highway at FM 628. Go left on FM 628 and drive a few miles until the road curves to the right, and there is a street going to the left. Go straight ahead on the driveway road to the large parking lot you see in the distance. From Riviera, take U.S. 77 north approximately a mile or two; look for the Kings Inn sign on your right. Reviews 
Birding - Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, Central Gulf Coast Region:
Kingsville Loop:  Kingsville, Ricardo, Rivera, Riviera Beach, east of Premont, Baffin Bay, North of Sarita, Loyola Beach
Los Ranchos de Tejas Loop, Lower Gulf Coast Region:  Riviera, Sarita, west to Falfurrias, down to Raymondville, San Miguel, down to just east of Edinburg
Texas Bird Checklist with Photos
Kleberg County Bird Checklist with Photos
King Ranch 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.
Drum Point at Baffin Bay, Loyola Beach:
Drum Point overlooks Cayo del Grullo, a secondary bay of Baffin Bay. Watch for herons, reddish egrets, pelicans, waterfowl and shorebirds. Wilson’s plover and least tern nest here during the summer. During the April and September migrations millions of swallows and martins stream along the bluff. Drum Point and its mud flats are owned by Kleberg County. (361) 595-8591. From Riviera, go north on U.S. 77. Watch for the billboard advertising the Kings Inn (eat there!) at FM 628; turn right (east), and drive 8.5 miles to Loyola Beach. Turn left (north) on CR 1132 and drive to bluff; continue on the caliche road to shoreline and point.
Kaufer-Hubert Memorial Park & Sea Wind RV Resort, Riviera Beach, TX:
Amenities include 2 boat ramps, a fish cleaning station, boat storage, the 500 foot Baffin Bay fishing pier, a beach, a playground, sheltered and unsheltered picnic tables with BBQ grills, two picnic pavilions, a bird trail, a viewing tower, a large sports field with a baseball backstop, soccer goals, football goal posts, a basketball goal, and restrooms. The RV resort features 134 RV sites with full hookups,22 overflow RV sites, picnic tables, and BBQ grills, restrooms with showers, a laundry, a recreation hall favored by Winter Texans, and a pond with a fountain. The mud flats and salt marshes located just north of the main entrance at the mouth of Vattmann Creek are great for wildlife viewing and birding. Some bird sightings include Black and Surf Scoter, Doves, Green Jay, Olive Sparrow, Herons, egrets,  Wilson’s Plover, Piping, Stilt, and Pectoral and White-rumped Sandpiper. There are no fees for the park, but fees apply to the campground. Sea Wind RV Resort, 1066 FM 628 East, Riviera.Kleberg County: (361) 595-8591.From Rivera, go north on U.S. 77 to FM 628 (look for the billboard advertising the Kings Inn; eat there). Go east (right) on FM 628 about 8.5 miles to Loyola Beach. At Loyola Beach veer to the right on FM 628 and continue southeast on FM 628 to the park entrance.From Kingsville go 11 miles south on U.S. 77; turn east (left) onto FM 628. Email  Facebook
Riviera Beach Fishing Pier:
Amenities include a lighted fishing pier, Kratz’s Bait Camp, and restrooms. The pier overlooks the mouth of the Laguna Salada. Bird species include pelicans, grebes, green jays, groove-billed Ani (in the brush along the road), and waterfowl. (361) 595-8591. From Rivera, go north on U.S. 77 to FM 628 (look for the billboard advertising the Kings Inn; eat there). Go east (right) on FM 628 about 8.5 miles to Loyola Beach. At Loyola Beach veer to the right on FM 628 and continue southeast on FM 628. Continue past Kaufer-Hubert Park and drive to the intersection of FM 1526. Go south on FM 1526, then go left (east) on FM 771 and drive to Riviera Beach and the fishing
Brown’s Convenience Store & Bait, Loyola Beach, TX:
The store sells grocery items and live bait. (361) 297-5747. Go north of Riviera to FM 628; go right on FM 628 at the Kings Inn sign. The store is located at the intersection of FM 628 and CR 1140 by the entrance to the Kings Inn parking lot. 
Captain Black's Outdoor Adventures on Baffin Bay:
(210) 355-5091. 1015 E. FM 628, Riviera, Texas 78379. Email  Facebook
Captain Mickey Riley Cast ‘n Stay Fishing Guide Services:
He offers bay and flat fishing. Amenities include three cabins and a private fishing pier. (361) 297-5636. Page: (361) 851-4769. 
Guy Martin's Fishing and Hunting Guide Service on Baffin Bay:
Guy offers guided fishing trips on Baffin Bay, and guided duck and goose hunting trips. (361) 219-9178. Route 1, Box 67B-4, Riviera, Texas 78359. Email
Baffin Bay Adventures Fishing & Hunting:
Captain Brandon Banta offers guided fishing and duck hunting trips in the Baffin Bay area. Lodging is available in a cabin located three minutes from the fishing pier. (361) 688-1750. Email 
King Ranch Hunting:
Most of the land is used for private hunting leases. However, the ranch offers guided hunts for quail, white-tailed deer, turkey, feral hog, javelina and nilgai. Leases: (361) 221-0311. Leases: (361) 221-0350. Guided Hunts: (361) 595-1424. Lease Email 1  Lease Email 2 
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
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