Jim Wells
South Texas Plains
2010 Census - 379
2000 Census - 431
Sandia, Texas
Sandia Texas History:
The townsite was originally a part of the Casa Blanca land grant issued in 1807 by the King of Spain to Juan Jose de la Garza Montemayor. In 1896, John L. Wade purchased the land and established the Casa Blanca Ranch (Wade Ranch). After Wade’s death, one of his heirs sold his land share to Joseph B. Dibrell who hired Fennell Dibrell and Max Starcke to divide and sell the land. In 1907, Fennell and Starcke founded a town on a portion of Wade’s land and named it Sandia, Spanish for watermelon, because of the large number of watermelons grown in the area. They also founded Orange Grove, Texas in 1908. By 1936, the town was a stop on the Texas and New Orleans Railroad. Sandia is located at the intersections of SH 359, FM 1540 and FM 70, just southeast of Lake Corpus Christi, 3 miles southwest of Mathis, 2.5 miles northeast of Orange Grove, 22 miles northeast of Alice, and 35 miles northeast of Corpus Christi, Texas. 
Callista Creek Farm:
Brien and Terri Nicolau raise grass-fed Gulf Coast Sheep, a heritage sheep breed which is on the endangered breed list. They also are a venue for training herding dogs. Check for availability of meat and wool. (361) 442-9437. (361) 774-1077. The farm is located at 1098 CR 302, Sandia, Texas 78383. Email
Birding - Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, Central Gulf Coast Region:
Brush Country Loop:  Three Rivers, Dinero, Lagarto, Midway, Sandia, San Patricio, Orange Grove, Alfred, Agua Dulce, Alice
Texas Bird Checklist with Photos
Bird Checklist for South Texas Brushlands
San Patricio County Bird Checklist with Photos
Birding - Lake Corpus Christi:
The lake is located on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail in the Texas Brush Country, and on the edge of the Texas Gulf Coast Region. Bird species  include Least Grebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Sprague’s Pipit, Fulvous Whistling-Duck, Crested Caracara, Inca Dove, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, White-tailed Kite, Harris’ Hawk, Groove-billed Ani, Green Kingfisher, Great Kiskadee, Anhinga, Lesser Nighthawk, Common Pauraque, Green Jay, Long-billed Thrasher, Cassin’s sparrow, Olive Sparrow, Audubon’s Oriole, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Painted Bunting, Common Loon, and migrating shorebirds.
Birding - City of Corpus Christi Wildlife Sanctuary at Wesley Seale Dam:
Walk along the dam to the Nueces River and along the trails extending into the woods. The pools at the base of the dam attract waterfowl such as, Blue-winged Teal, Gadwall, and American Wigeon. The sanctuary nature trailhead is located to the left of the sanctuary entrance. There is also excellent Birding along FM 666 between San Patricio and Mathis. (361) 881-1888. From Mathis, go south on FM 1068 for 4 miles to Park Road 25. Turn right on Park Road 25, and drive 0.1 mile to the Wildlife Sanctuary entrance on your left.
Birding - John J. Sablatura Nature Park, #84 on the Coastal Birding Trail, Banquet, TX:
This is a good birding site during migrations. Habitat is mostly cotton fields. From Alice, take SH 44 East towards Corpus Christi. The park is located on Aqua Dulce Creek between Agua Dulce and Banquette; watch for the signs.
La Fruta Park on the Nueces River:
This San Patricio County Park features picnic tables & BBQ grills, a large BBQ grill, a small stage, the Lions Club building, tent camping, RV sites, hiking and equestrian trails, an equestrian parking area, kayak rentals, and several Nueces River access points for fishing and kayaking. The small stocked fishing pond amenities include a small pier, a fountain and duck decoys. The pond is stocked with catfish, tilapia, bass, carp, perch, mullet and other fish species. Tent camping amenities include designated camping areas, fire pits, restrooms, and picnic tables. The group of picnic tables around the large BBQ Grill may be rented for private events. The La Fruta Paddling Trail begins at La Fruta Park and ends at San Patricio De Hibernia Park. The park is open Thursday-Tuesday, 8am-5pm. It is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and Easter Weekends, and closed on Wednesdays for Maintenance. (361) 364-9650. The park is located at 23547 CR 1094. From Mathis take SH 359 towards Lake Corpus Christi. Just before Park Road 25, go left at the La Fruta park sign.
San Patricio De Hibernia Park, 677 Acres on the Nueces River:
The park is located on the former Doughtery Round Lake property. Habitat consists of heavily wooded Nueces River bottomland, open meadows, wetlands, scrub shrubs, riparian habitats and short-grass prairie. Amenities include former ranch livestock pens, windmills and water tanks. The La Fruta Paddling Trail begins at La Fruta Park and ends at San Patricio De Hibernia Park. The property is managed as a preserve by a conservation easement with the Coastal Bends Bays and Estuaries Foundation. Access is by permission only. (361) 547-3004. The park is located near San Patricio.
Zephyr Baptist Encampment:
The Encampment offers camps and retreats. It is located on the shores of Lake Corpus Christi near Sandia. (361) 547-2448. 151 FM 3162, Sandia, Texas 78383.
Knolle Farm & Ranch Hunting:
The ranch is located on the Neches River. Activities include swimming (pool), sporting clays, horseback riding, birding, fishing and other river activities. The ranch also offers waterfowl, deer, dove and quail hunting; day hunts are available. (361) 547-2546. 13016 FM 70, Sandia, TX 78383. Email  Directions
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
Nueces River Paddling Trail:
The La Fruta Paddling Trail begins at La Fruta Park and ends at San Patricio De Hibernia Park. La Fruta Park provides seasonal kayak rentals and shuttle services. La Fruta Park provides seasonal kayak rentals and provides shuttle service pick-up at San Patricio De Hibernia Park with 24 hours advance notice. The La Fruta Park is open Thursday-Tuesday, 8am-5pm. It is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and Easter Weekends, and closed on Wednesdays for Maintenance. (361) 364-9650. The park is located at 23547 CR 1094. From Mathis take SH 359 towards Lake Corpus Christi. Just before Park Road 25, go left at the La Fruta park sign.
Lake Corpus Christi Information:
The La Fruita Dam, the original dam, washed out in November of 1929. Lake Corpus Christi, originally known as Lake Lovenskiod, was reformed by damming the Nueces River in 1935. Because of water leakage, the dam was replaced in 1958. This huge reservoir (lake) provides water for the City of Corpus Christi. The current Wesley E. Seale Dam has a height of 75 feet. The lake has 18.256 surface acres and has a maximum depth of 60 feet. The reservoir provides good largemouth bass and catfish fishing. Lake maps are available at the Lake Corpus Christi State Park office on Park Road 25. The lake is owned by the City of Corpus Christi. The lake is located 4 miles west of Mathis, and approximately 20 miles northwest of Corpus Christi, Texas.For more complete lake information, go to the Lake Corpus Christi Home Page.Lake Location Map 
Lake Corpus Christi State Park Information:
This 356 acre park is located in San Patricio, Jim Wells and Live Oak Counties, southwest of Mathis, Texas. The TPWD leased the land from Corpus Christi in 1934. The lease runs until 2032. Many of the park's facilities were built by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps), Company 886. The CCC was part of the New Deal Program under President FDR during the depression. This program was designed to provide jobs for out of work citizens. The CCC was involved in building many state park facilities across the nation, and some of the CCC's work is absolutely outstanding. Of the original CCC facilities at Lake Corpus Christi State Park, only the refectory and old pavilion remain. The Mediterranean style refectory was built of cast blocks of local caliche, and features a large terrace, a pavilion, a lookout tower, and a cast stone staircase leading to the lake trails. The park is located in a cove where the counties of San Patricio, Jim Wells, and Live Oak meet. The site of the park overlooks an area on the Nueces River which was a disputed boundary between Texas and Mexico. After the war the Rio Grande River became the official boundary. During the spring the park is a riot of bluebonnets and other wildflowers. Park entrance and camping fees apply. For more complete park information watch the Park Video and go to the Lake Corpus Christi State Park Home PageFrom Mathis: Take SH 359 south approximately 4 miles to Park Road 25. Turn right on Park Road 25, and drive to the park entrance. The park is located approximately 30 miles northwest of Corpus Christi.
Weber’s Boat Landing, Sandia:
Amenities include a boat ramp accommodating most boat types, a fishing dock and pier, a fish cleaning station, cabins and lodging, and picnic and swimming areas. Open 24/7 year round. Boat ramp and use fees apply. (361) 547-3622. Weber’s is located at 747 Carmel Drive, Sandia, Texas 78383, near Lagarto, Texas. From Sandia, take SH 359 south and turn right on FM 534. Travel approximately 8.5 miles north then go right onto the access road and drive 3 miles to the ramp. Email Linda  
Fishing Lake Corpus Christi:
The park has two ADA compliant fishing piers and fish cleaning stations. Predominant fish species include largemouth bass, white bass, crappie, blue, channel, and flathead catfish, bluegill, and redear sunfish; catfish fishing is excellent. A fishing license is not required for those fishing from the shore or from a pier inside a Texas state park. Lake maps are available from the state park office. More detailed fishing maps are commercially available at most local bait and tackle shops. Lake Records  Fish Stocking History 
Fort Lipantitlan State Historic Site Information:
Mexican forces constructed the wooden fort in 1831 in preparation of potential conflicts with Texians.
In 1835, the small Mexican guard force surrendered to Texan forces without a shot being fired. Today, there is nothing left of the fort. The only amenities are 6 picnic tables and Texas Historical markers. Activities include picnicking and birding. Hours and fees do not apply. For more information read Texas Forts History and an article by Charles M. Yates.The fort site is managed by Corpus Christi State Park. It is located 9 miles east of Orange Grove, off Texas State Road 359, FM 624 and FM 70. It is hard to find; call the Corpus Christi State Park for directions.(361) 547-2635.
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