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County
Aransas
Region
Gulf Coast
Population
2010 Census - 936
2000 Census - 1,600
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Towns
Lamar, Texas
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Lamar Texas History:
Lamar was the first coastal town founded in Refugio County. When Aransas County was established in 1871, Lamar became a city in that county. Lamar was founded in 1839 on Lookout Point on the channel entrance to Copano Bay which is just north of Aransas Bay. Aransas City was located just across the Copano Bay at Lookout Point, and was thriving because it had the Custom House. Lamar settlers petitioned the President of the Republic, Mirabeau B. Lamar, to have the customhouse moved to Lamar because Lamar had twice the population of Aransas City; the President agreed. Aransas City became a ghost town after it lost the Custom House.  Lamar continued to grow until it was destroyed by the Union forces during the Civil War. It has since grown. The cemetery is one of the oldest and prettiest in the area and remains relatively unchanged. The cemetery has a list of all those interred. Goose Island State Park and the Copano Bay Causeway Fishing Pier are located in Lamar. Lamar is located at the intersection of SH 35 and FM 13, 9 miles north of Rockport, and 40 miles north of Corpus Christi.
 
Historic Town of Lamar, Texas Historical Marker Text:
“Named for Mirabeau B. Lamar 1798-1859, President of the Republic of Texas 1838-1841. Established in 1838; made a port of entry in 1839. Sacked by Union troops Feb. 11, 1864. Survived until 1914 but never flourished.”
 
Historic Stella Maris Chapel, Texas Historical Marker Text:
“Irish immigrant James W. Byrne (1787-1865), a veteran of the Texas Revolution, was an early settler of this area. He established the town of Lamar and, with his wife Harriet, sold land on Aransas Bay to the Catholic Church for a chapel site. Byrne engaged a French architect to design the structure, which was completed in 1858. Called Stella Maris (Star of the Sea) Chapel, it was built of shellcrete, a shell-aggregate masonry. An important link with the area's early Roman Catholic heritage, the chapel was moved to this site in 1986.” From Rockport, take SH 35 north about 7 miles to Goose Island State Park (just north of causeway). Then follow Park Road 13 for 2.5 miles east then northeast to Lamar Cemetery, across from the Lamar Volunteer Fire Department.
 
Historic Lamar Cemetery & Stella Maris Chapel:
Founded by James W. Byrne, it is named for Mirabeau B. Lamar, a former president of the Republic of Texas, and friend of Byrne. The earliest gravestone is dated 1854. The Stella Maris Chapel was designed by a French architect; the chapel was moved to the Lamar Cemetery in 1986 and features a Texas Historical Marker. The town of Lamar existed until 1915. Travel 7 miles north on SH 35 to Goose Island State Park, then travel east-northeast on Park Road 13 for 2.5 miles to the cemetery located across from the Lamar Volunteer Fire Department  
 
Schoenstatt Center and Shrine:
(361) 729-2771. (361) 729-2019. 134 Front Street, Rockport, TX 78382.
 
Pop’s Place:
They serve alcohol and good seafood and hamburgers. Locals frequent this venue for drinks, food, pool and social interaction. 202 Park Road 13, Lamar, Texas 78382 (Rockport Mail). From Rockport, go north on SH 35 and cross the SH 35. Go right on Park Road 13 (Main Street). Reviews
 
Historic 1,000 Year Old Goose Island Live Oak Tree, Goose Island State Park:
"The Big Tree,"is the largest Live Oak tree in Texas, and though to be one of the largest in the nation. The tree is estimated to be over 1,000 years old; it has a circumference of 35 feet, is 45 feet tall, and the spread of its crown measures 90 feet. The park is located 10 miles northeast of Rockport; Take SH 35 to Park Road 13; drive 2 miles east to the park entrance. Ask for directions to the tree.
 
Birding - Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, Central Gulf Coast Region:
Aransas Loop:  Rockport, Fulton, Aransas Bay, Aransas Pass, Ingleside, Aransas Pass, Gregory, Copano Bay
La Bahia Loop:  McFaddin, Bloomington, Goliad, Refugio, Aransas NWR, Austwell, Woodsboro, Bayside, Sinton to Fulton, and Rockport
Texas Bird Checklist with Photos
Aransas County Bird Checklist with Photos
Refugio County Bird Checklist with Photos
Aransas NWR Bird Checklist, Austwell
Bee County Bird Checklist
Goose Island State Park Bird Checklist, Rockport & Lamar
Matagorda Island WMA & NWR Bird Checklist, Port O’Connor

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.
 
Crane House Retreat:
This St. Charles Bay Retreat offers Whooping Crane viewing from mid-Nov through March; make reservations early as they book up fast. (361) 729-7239. Email 
 
Refugio County Country Club, Refugio, TX:
Amenities include a 9-hole golf course, a driving range, rental carts, a playground, a swimming pool, and a clubhouse with a pro-shop & concession stand, a bar & lounge area, a ballroom, a kitchen, game room, and restrooms. Winter Texans and others are welcome to join. The $50 fee to join is applied to the individual’s monthly dues of $51. (361) 526-5554. Woodsboro Highway 77 North, Refugio, TX.
 
Copano Bay Causeway Fishing Piers, & Boat Launch, Lamar, Texas:
These former state run fishing piers are located in Aransas County on SH 35. Originally the fishing piers were the SH 35 causeway across Copano Bay. When the new causeway opened, the old causeway was closed to vehicular traffic. The new causeway has a higher middle section allowing the passage of bigger ships, so the middle section of the old causeway was removed leaving two separate sections to be used as fishing piers. The pier on the south side of the bay is 2,500 feet long; the north pier is 6,190 feet long. Aransas County Navigation District No. 1 controls and manages the piers. A Texas fishing license and a saltwater stamp endorsement are required to fish from the piers. A bait and tackle shop and snack bar are located on each fishing pier. Other amenities include lights, an observation area, restrooms and fish cleaning stations. The boat ramp is located adjacent to the south side fishing pier. The piers are open 24/7 year round. Fishing fees apply. The fishing piers are located in Lamar, Texas, 5 miles north of Rockport on SH 35. Navigation District: (361) 729-6661. North Pier: (361) 425-8325. South Pier: (361) 425-8326. Emergencies: (361) 385-0524. Email
 
Goose Island State Park Information:
This 321.4 acre park is located north of Rockport in Lamar, Texas on the Gulf of Mexico’s St. Charles and Aransas Bays. Initial construction work was completed by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) from 1931-1935. The island beach is made of oyster shell. Cement retaining walls line some of the bank. The marshland consists of smooth cordgrass, marsh-hay cordgrass, saltgrass, saltwort, and glasswort. The habitat of the mainland portion of the park consists of live oak, red-bay woods, tallgrass prairie, and wetlands. The Park is No. 048 on the Aransas Loop of the Great Texas Central Coastal Birding Trail. Whooping Cranes feed in the wetlands. The surrounding bays are filled with seagrass beds and oyster reefs. The park is well known for its “Big Tree," the largest live oak in Texas, and thought to be one of the largest in the nation. The tree is estimated to be over 1,000 years old. It has a circumference of 35 feet, is 45 feet tall, and a crown spread of 90 feet.Park entrance and camping fees apply. For more park information, watch the Park Video, and go to the Goose Island State Park Home Page. The park is located 10 miles northeast of Rockport. Take SH 35 to Park Road 13; drive 2 miles east to the park entrance.
 
Aransas National Wildlife Refuge Information:
This 115,000 acre National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1937 by FDR as a breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife. Many of the roads, ditches, fire breaks, and several buildings were constructed by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps).Located on the Texas Gulf Coast, its lands include the Blackjack Peninsula, Matagorda Island WMA, and the Myrtle Foester Whitmire Unit of the Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust (closed to the public), and the Lamar and Tatton Units. Portions of the Lamar and Tatton Units are designated as critical habitat for the endangered Whooping Crane. The Park is No. 037 on the La Bahia Loop of the Great Texas Central Coastal Birding Trail. The refuge habitat consists of salt marsh, grasslands and oak woodland. Beware of Alligators and poisonous snakes, and bring water, a hat, insect repellent, and sunscreen. Dusk and dawn are the best wildlife viewing times; little moves during hot, humid times.A park entrance fee applies.For more complete NWR information, go to the Aransas NWR Home Page. Aransas NWR Refuge Map
 
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.
 
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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