South Texas Plains
2010 Census - 1,908
2000 Census - 1,850
Poth, Texas
Poth Texas History:
In 1886, the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad established a switch at the present site of Poth. The community that grew up around the switch was named Marcelina. In 1901, the community was renamed Poth after A.H. Poth who established a gin there. John Francis Stortz opened the first store in 1900. In 1906 a train depot was built. By 1914 the town had a lumberyard, a cotton gin, a bank, a furniture and hardwood store, three general stores, a blacksmith and 250 residents. The town has grown steadily, if slowly, over the years. Poth is located at the intersection of U.S. 181 and FMs 427 and 541, 30 miles northeast of Pleasanton, 7 miles southeast of Floresville, 36.5 miles southeast of San Antonio, 19 miles southwest of Stockdale, 17 miles northwest of Kenedy, and 7 miles northwest of Falls City, Texas.
Dewees Remschel House Museum & 130 Acre Park:
This renovated house was originally built by Dr. R.T. Knox in Gonzales and moved to the present site in 1997. The house is filled with period furniture and exhibits documenting the Dewees Ranch history. The house is available for private parties. (830) 393-3385. (830) 779-2701. The house is located in a 130 acre park in southern Wilson County, 5 miles southwest of Poth, off FM 541 and CR 206.
Rancho De Las Cabras, San Antonio Missions National Historic Park, Floresville, TX:
In the mid-1700s, the Mission San Francisco de la Espada, a San Antonio Missions National Historical Park mission, established the Rancho de las Cabras (Goat Ranch) on the San Antonio River for use as grazing land for cattle. Indian vaqueros (cowboys) lived on the Rancho with their families and tended the cattle. Once a week, several cattle were herded to the Mission Espada to feed the Priests and Indians. The original Rancho site included a chapel and fortifications which are now in ruins. Eventually, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department purchased the Rancho Cabras ruins and the 99.5 acres of remaining land. In 1995, the TPWD transferred the land to the National Park Service to be managed by the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park in San Antonio. Future plans for the Rancho de Las Cabras include building a visitors’ center and a parking lot. Toursof the Rancho de Las Cabras are held on the first Saturday of each month, weather permitting. Call (210) 932-1001 for tour information.From Floresville take SH 97 approximately 2 miles south to marker and the historic site. Floresville Texas Map; Click to Enlarge  Floresville Texas Area Map 
Kosciusko Hall:
Amenities include a ball field, campsites, washer pits, a 4,000 square foot wood dance floor, a full kitchen, walk-in coolers, an ice machine, a bar area, an outdoor pavilion, large barbeque pits with gas burners, and large stainless steel picnic tables. The hall hosts live music concerts and dancing. It is available private party rentals. (830) 745-2836. The hall is located at 2975 FM 541 East. Email  Kosciusko Map  Kosciusko Area Map    

Wiatrek's Meat Market:
The market sells aged beef, mesquite smoked sausage, beef jerky, pork, chicken and specialty meats. It offers deer processing. (830) 484-2838. (830) 484-3711. Processing Plant: (830) 484-2888. 912 North Storts Street.  
Annual Movies in the Park, May-Aug:
The city hosts family friendly movies in the park on select Fridays from May through August. Bring your own lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic.  

South Texas Trail Riders Ride, Corpus Christi to San Antonio, Feb 4 – Feb 12, 2016:
This group hosts an annual covered wagon trail ride from Corpus Christi to the San Antonio Livestock & Rodeo. This annual trail ride begins with registration in Edroy, Texas. On Thursday, February 4, riders register at Ed Cot Co-Op Gin in Edroy (5019 CR 51, 78370). On Friday the group rides 19.9 miles from Edroy to Tynan. Lunch is at Hartzendorf Gin on FM 796. They will spend the night in Tynan at the recreation center. On Saturday they ride 19 miles and lunch at the Skidmore Fire Department on the corner of 4th and East Refugio Streets. They spend the night at the Beeville Coliseum, 214 South FM 351. On Sunday they ride 21 miles to Pettus. Monday’s 22.5 mile ride takes them to Kenedy. Lunch is at the Waylon Rouse Ranch on CR 743. They spend the night at the Karnes County Show Barn, located on U.S. 181, between Kenedy and Karnes City, and adjacent to Otto Kaiser Memorial Hospital. On Tuesday, they ride 15.5 miles to Falls City. Wednesday’s 18.1 mile ride takes them to Floresville where they will overnight at the Wilson County Show Barn, 435 SH 97 East. They lunch in Poth, Texas. On Thursday, they ride 13.8 miles to the Bexar County Sheriffs Posse Arena, 11755 South Foster Road, 78223. Various organizations host meals, dances and live entertainment in each host city. The group also hosts shorter trail rides to other small Texas towns. Current contact information is available on their website.
Annual Ride to Remember, 2nd Saturday in Sept:
Activities include the 44 mile bike ride, and a 5K run along the Poth Hike & Bike Trail. A meal is served after the ride and 5K Run. Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association San Antonio Chapter and the City of Poth parks funds. The ride begins and ends at Poth City Park located at the corner of Maeckel and Coy Streets. (830) 484-2111.Email  
Circle G Mexican Restaurant:
They serve good home cooking. (830) 484-2334. 600 North Stort Street. Reviews
Wilson County Birding:
Texas Bird Checklist with Photos
Wilson County Bird Checklist with Photos
Picosa Ranch Hunting:
Greg and Bekki Kowalski offer guided hunts for deer, hogs, turkey, upland birds and exotics on the former ranch of former Governor John B. Connelly. Lodging in a 6,000 square foot hunting lodge, and gourmet meals prepared by the Kowalski family’s catering company are included in hunting packages. (830) 393-9262. Email
Sunset Outfitter Hunting:
Ken (Butch) Scarborough offers several guided hunts including Texas and Mexico deer hunts, Rio Grande turkey, and wild boar in south and central Texas. (830) 393-7709. Email
Keith Johnson Outdoors Hunting:
Keith Jones offers fishing trips and guided hunts for deer, hogs, and exotics. The ranch is located near Floresville. Lodging is available in an eight person capacity bunk house featuring a BBQ pit with wood, a cooler, and a lighted skinning area. (210) 857-2195.
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
Victor Braunig Lake & Park (formerly East Lake), 1350 Acres, Elmendorf, TX:
This reservoir is located on Calaveras and Chupaderas Creeks just east of IH-35 near Elmendorf, 15 miles south of downtown San Antonio on. The reservoir was formed in 1962 by the construction of a dam to provide a cooling pond for a power plant supplying power to San Antonio. The lake has 1,350 surface acres and a maximum depth of 50 feet. Together with nearby Calaveras Lake, Braunig Lake was one of the first projects in the nation to use treated wastewater for power plant cooling. Lake recreation includes boating and fishing. The lake has been stocked with red drum, hybrid striped bass, catfish and largemouth bass, and is popular for its trophy size bass. Amenities include boat ramps, lighted fishing piers, a fish cleaning station, boat rentals, tent campsites, RV sites, sheltered picnic tables, a playground and restrooms. A 75 person capacity picnic pavilion with electricity and restrooms is available for rent. Open daily, 6am-8pm for day users. (210) 635-8291. The park is located at 17500 Donop Road, SA, 78223. From IH-37 south; take Exit 130 (Donop Road) and follow the signs. Email  Fish Stocking History  Lake Records  Current Fishing Report      
Calaveras Lake & Park, 3,624 Acres, Elmendorf, TX:
The lake was impounded in 1969 and has a maximum depth of 45 feet. The park serves both Calaveras Lake and Braunig Lake near Elmendorf. Amenities include a nature trail, campsites, RV sites, shaded picnic tables, a fishing pier and boat ramp, playgrounds, paddleboat rentals, restrooms and parking. Activities include birding, fishing, camping, picnicking, boating and water sports. Fish species include blue and channel catfish, hybrid striped bass, largemouth bass and red fish (red drum. Spring wildflowers are stunning! Park fees apply. Open daily, 6am-8pm for day users. (210) 635-8359. The park is located at 12991 Bernhardt Road. The lake is located 20 miles southeast of downtown San Antonio. From Loop 410, proceed southeast on U.S. Highway 181 south, then turn left on Loop 1604 and proceed for two miles; turn left on Stuart Road and proceed for 1/2 mile to the park entrance. Email  Fish Stocking History  Lake Records   Current Fishing Report  TPWD Public Access Facilities Map   
Topcat Canyon Lake Fishing Guide Service:
Offers guided fishing trips on Lake Dunlap, Lake McQueeney, Lake Placid, Choke Canyon, Pecos River, Lake Braunig, Lake Calaveras, Granger Lake, the Highland Lakes and Canyon Lake (bass). (512) 663-7166. Email
Bret Fisher Fishing on Braunig & Calaveras Lakes:
Offers guided fishing trips on Braunig & Calaveras Lakes near San Antonio, Choke Canyon, Falcon Lake, Canyon Lake and Coleto Creek Lake. (210) 394-3925.
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