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County
Refugio
Region
Gulf Coast
Population
2010 Census - 479
2000 Census - 550
Nearby
Towns
Tivoli, Texas
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Tivoli Texas History:
It has been written that Tivoli and Austwell were founded in 1907 by Preston R. Austin; this fact is disputed. The town was originally founded by Captain Newton Cannon Gullett on his ranch of the same name. Gullett erected a cotton gin, store, and a boat landing on the Guadalupe River, and was instrumental in bringing the railroads into the area. He also established the Gulf Coast Fair Association, and is reputed to be the first person to use wire fencing in Texas to close the open ranges. In 1907 surveyor J.W. Ward platted the five block Tivoli townsite. During the early years, transportation to the town was mostly via the Guadalupe River located 2 miles north. In 1912, the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railway extended a line through town. The Tivoli post office was established that same year. The town became a shipping point for area ranchers and cotton farmers. In 1913 the town was re-platted and enlarged to 10 blocks. The Lieuen Rogers Masonic Lodge was chartered in 1914. Austin donated the town’s first church and school. Today ranching, oil & gas, and farming are the largest industries; crops include grain, sorghum, corn, and cotton. The Austwell-Tivoli ISD schools are located in Tivoli. Austwell and Tivoli make up the Refugio County Riviera, a small stretch of scenic beachfront that gives residents of Refugio County beach access without entering Aransas or Calhoun Counties. Tivoli is located at the confluence of the San Antonio and Guadalupe Rivers at the intersection of SH 35 and SH 239 near the mouth of the Guadalupe River, 5 miles northwest of Austwell, 18 miles southwest of Port Lavaca, 40 miles northeast of Rockport, and 65 miles northeast of Corpus Christi, Texas. 
 
Historic Preston Rose Austin:
Identical markers are located at the intersection of SH 35 and SH 239 in Tivoli, and at the corner of Main and Gisler Streets.
 
Annual Refugio County Fair & PRCA Rodeo, 3rd Weekend in March:
Activities at this four day fair include a scholarship cook-off, a breakfast, a parade, arts and crafts vendors, a livestock show, dances to live music at Padilla Hall, a horseshoe pitching tournament at Padilla Hall, a rodeo and an auction. (301) 526-1605. (361) 526-2825. 106 Fairground Road, Refugio. Email
 
Canales Cafe:
A local favorite eating spot, it serves authentic Mexican food and other menu items.Open Tue-Sat, 6am-9pm; Sun, 7am-2pm; closed Major holidays.(361) 286-3255. 302 Main Street. Reviews
 
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.
 
Austwell-Tivoli High School Tennis Courts:  
The high school’s tennis courts are available to the public when school is not in session. (361) 286-3582. 207 Redfish Street, Tivoli, Texas 77990. The tennis courts (at Wilson & Redfish) are No. 16 on the Map
 
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.
 
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    
 
U.S. 77 Right-of-Way Boat Ramp, San Antonio River:
The dirt ramp is suitable for launching canoes, kayaks, rafts and tubes. The parking lot has a capacity of less than 10 vehicles. Activities include swimming and fishing. The ramp is located under the U.S. 77 Bridge near Tivoli.
 
Guadalupe River:  
The Guadalupe River rises in two forks in western Kerr County. Its North Fork rises just south of SH 41, four miles from the Real-Kerr County line, and flows east for twenty-two miles to its confluence with the South Fork, near Hunt, Texas. The South Fork rises three miles southwest of the intersection of SH 39 and FM187 and flows northeast for twenty miles to meet the North Fork. After these two branches converge, the Guadalupe River proper flows southeast for 230 miles as it passes through Kerr, Kendall, Comal, Guadalupe, Gonzales, DeWitt, and Victoria Counties. It then forms the boundary between southern Victoria County and Calhoun County and between Calhoun and Refugio Counties before reaching its mouth on San Antonio Bay near Seadrift, Texas. The river’s principal tributaries are the Comal and San Marcos Rivers. Lakes on the Guadalupe River include Canyon Lake, Lake McQueeney, Lake Dunlap, Lake Placid, Lake Gonzales, Wood Lake, and Meadow Lake. The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority oversees the control, storage, and distribution of water from the Guadalupe and Blanco Rivers. The river is favored by Canoers and kayakers, and favored in some areas for its tubing. Towns on the river include San Marcos, Kerrville, New Braunfels, Seguin, Gonzales, Victoria, Prairie Lea, Fentress, and others. Fish Stocking History 
 
Guadalupe River IH-35 Bridge:
This dirt and grass ramp is suitable for small motorized boats, canoes, kayak, rafts and tubes. It can be dangerous due to no parking. It is located by the IH-35 Bridge on near Tivoli.
 
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.
 
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
 
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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