South Texas Plains
2010 Census - Unknown
2000 Census - 347
Schroeder, Texas
Schroeder, Texas History:
Schroeder was settled by German immigrants in the 1840s. Because supplies were available in nearby towns, the first store was not built until 1887. This old store still sold groceries, gasoline and hardware in 1986. A school was built in 1870, a blacksmith shop in 1889, and a cotton gin and gristmill in 1895. The dance hall was built in 1890, and a Herman Lodge was chartered in 1894. The town was originally called Germantown, but because of the anti-German sentiments aroused by World War I, the thirty-five residents changed the town’s name to Schroeder in 1918. The dance hall is still a popular area venue on Saturday nights; many famous singers have played there, including Ray Price, Ernest Tubb, and Tammy Wynette. Schroeder is located at the intersection of FM 622 and FM 2987, 15 miles northeast of Goliad and approximately 15 miles west of Victoria, Texas.
Schroeder Dance Hall:
Schroeder, Texas was established by German immigrants in the 1840s as Germantown; the first dance hall was constructed in the 1890s. The Schroeder Dance Hall is the second oldest dance hall in Texas. It hosts live Country and Texas music, and dancing. The hall sells beer, wine and setups; you may only bring in hard liquor. RV sites with hookups are available for $25 a night. Self-contained RVs may park overnight at no charge. Tent camping is prohibited. Call (361) 573-7002 to leave a message. Bookings and hall rental: (361) 573-7002. The dance hall is in Schroeder at 12516 FM 622. Schroeder is located at the intersection of FMs 622 and 2987, approximately 8 miles north of Fannin, 15 miles northeast of Goliad, and approximately 12 miles northwest of Victoria, Texas. Schroeder Area Map 
Shady Oaks Speedway:
Race classes include SOS Front Runners for anyone 16 and older (this class is for fun), mini stock, pure stock, Sport MODs, street stock, late models, SOS dwarfs, go karts and hot stock trucks. On race day the pit gates open at 3pm; spectator gates open at 5pm; races begin at 7pm. The race schedule varies. (361) 645-8353. 2185 FM 622, Goliad, 77963.  
McMillan’s Bar-B-Q, Fannin, TX: 19-1
They serve wonderful BBQ, steaks and sides. The restaurant was featured in the Texas Monthly magazine.  (361) 645-2326. The restaurant is located in Fannin, Texas at 9913 U.S. 59. Fannin is located 9.5 miles northeast of Goliad, and 16.5 miles southwest of Victoria, Texas. Reviews  Fannin Texas Map; Click to Enlarge    Fannin Texas Area Map
Texas Wildflowers:
Due to budget constraints, TX-DOT no longer maintains a website offering spring wildflower sightings. Information is available at the Texas Highways Magazine.
Birding - Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, Central Gulf Coast Region:
Guadalupe Loop:  Ottine, Gonzales, Hochheim, Cuero, Bloomington, Placedo, Victoria, Palmetto State Park
Calhoun Loop:  Port Lavaca, Point Comfort, Magnolia Beach, Indianola, Port O’Connor, Seadrift, Longmont, to Austwell
Texas Birds Checklist
Southeast Texas Bird Checklist
Aransas NWR Bird Checklist, Austwell
Matagorda County Bird Checklist, Port O’Connor Area
Barnhart Ranch & Nature Retreat Bird Checklist, Berclair & Goliad
Palmetto State Park Bird Checklist, Ottine, Gonzales
Goliad State Park Information, Goliad:
This 188-acre park is in a historical area of Texas on the San Antonio River near the town of Goliad. Located within the park is the recently restored replica of the Mission Nuestra Senora del Espiritu Santo de Zuniga, which was reconstructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. The restored mission houses a museum. The General Ignacio Seguin Zaragoza Birthplace Historic Site and 300-person capacity amphitheater is located ½ mile from the park. In 1931, the parkland was donated to Texas by the City and County of Goliad. The land was transferred to the State Parks Board in 1949. Through April the park grounds and fields along U.S. 59 are awash with blooming bluebonnets, Indian paintbrushes, phlox, lantana, and wine cups. Park entrance and camping fees apply. For more information read the Park Brochure and watch the Park Video.  From Goliad take U.S. 183/77A 0.25 mile to the park entrance. GoliadState Park Facilities Map
Fannin Battleground State Historic Site Information, Goliad:
After the Battle of Coleto on March 20, 1836, Col. J.W. Fannin and 284 of his men surrendered to the Mexican forces of General Jose Urrea with the understanding they would be treated as prisoners of war. They were held at the Presidio La Bahia, located 1.4 miles south of the present-day Goliad State Park. Colonel Fannin and the other wounded men were held in the fort’s chapel. Fannin’s room, now called the Flag Room, was in the south extension of the chapel. On the evening of March 26, Mexican Colonel Portilla received orders from Mexican General Santa Anna to execute all the men he held at the fort. An hour after he received Santa Anna’s order, Portilla received an order from General Urrea requesting that Colonel Portilla, “Treat the prisoners with consideration, particularly their leader, Fannin, and to employ them in the rebuilding of Goliad.” On Palm Sunday morning, March 27, 1836, Portilla had 330 of the prisoners divided into three groups and taken to three different locations approximately 0.5 miles from the fort. All were then massacred, except for 17 men whose lives were spared, and the 28 who escaped. The 40 wounded prisoners being held in the Chapel were taken outside and laid in front of the chapel doors. Colonel Fannin was blindfolded, taken outside and seated on a chair located adjacent to a trench by the Watergate. He made three requests; to have his possessions sent to his family, to not be shot in the face, and that he be given a Christian burial. He was shot last, and in the face, a Mexican officer took his possessions, and his body was burned with many of the other bodies in a mass grave. Francita Alavez, the Angel of Goliad and traveling companion of General Urrea, was one of the most compassionate people involved in the Texas Revolution. Prior to the Goliad Massacre she is credited with convincing Mexican Colonel Garay to spare the lives Major William P. Miller’s men, and she was able to save some men from being killed in the Goliad Massacre either by persuading some of the Mexican officers to bring her a few of the men from the fort, or going into the fort herself to rescue and hide some of the men. At Victoria she assisted in the escape of Isaac Hamilton after he escaped the Goliad Massacre. A beautiful stone obelisk honors Fannin and his men. Park amenities include a covered picnic pavilion, a picnic area, benches, a small bandstand with interpretive exhibits, and a playground. The majority of this historic site is ADA compliant. The park hosts special events. For more park information read the brochure and watch the park video.  Fannin, Texas is located on U.S. 59, 9.5 miles northeast of Goliad, Texas. (512) 463-7948. 734 FM 2506, Fannin, Texas 77960.  Email
Coleto Creek Reservoir Information, Goliad & Victoria:
The 3,100-surface acre lake was impounded in 1980 on Coleto and Perdido Creeks. It has a maximum depth of 46 feet. The lake water tends to stay very clear due to the lack of agriculture in the area. The park offers exceptional bass fishing and birding. It is located on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. The reservoir and park are managed by the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority. Call (361) 575-6366 for camping reservations. The lake is located 15 miles southwest of Victoria off U.S. 59 at 365 Coleto Park Road, midway between Goliad and Victoria, Texas.
Coleto Creek Reservoir Location Map
Coleto Creek Reservoir TPWD Public Access Facilities Map
Coleto Creek Reservoir Park Facilities Map
Current Coleto Creek Reservoir Lake Level
Coleto Creek Reservoir Clear Sky Chart
Hunting Coleto Creek Reservoir, 1,500 Acres:
The area is divided into five separate hunting compartments. Bow hunting for white-tailed deer and feral hogs is by permit. Hunters may apply for permits as individuals or as a group of 2, 4, 6, 8, or 10 hunters. The application deadline is mid-August. Bow hunts are held for 15 consecutive weekends beginning the last weekend in September and ending early January. The first week of hunting season is restricted to Saturday and Sunday. During the following weeks, hunters selected by random drawings are permitted to pre-scout and begin hunting the assigned areas Friday through Sunday of their hunting weekend. (361) 575-6366.  Email  2017 Coleto Creek Bow Hunting Information
Welder Flats Wildlife Management Area Information, Seadrift & Port Lavaca:
This Wildlife Management Areais a wintering ground for the endangered whooping crane and has been designated as a critical habitat by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Whooping Cranes are most likely to be present during late December through January. Fishing for red drum (redfish), black drum, spotted sea trout, and flounder are permitted with a fishing license and a saltwater stamp. Welder Flats can only be reached by boat as the land is totally submerged in the San Antonio Bay, between the mainland and Matagorda Island, just south of Seadrift. The boundaries extend approximately 1.5 miles along the Victoria Barge Canal and 4.5 miles along the Gulf Coast Intracoastal Canal. Tour boats from Seadrift will take you to the viewing area or drive a boat from Seadrift and travel the Victoria Barge Canal to its intersection with the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. From Victoria take U.S. 87 south for 28 miles to Port Lavaca. At Port Lavaca take SH 238 approximately 20 miles southwest to Seadrift. Tour boats depart from Seadrift to the viewing area which is approximately 17 miles out in the bay. (979) 323-9553.
Aransas National Wildlife Refuge Information, Tivoli & Austwell:
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 St. Charles Bay on the Texas portion of the Gulf of Mexico, 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.
From Tivolitake SH 35 South for 1 mile to FM 239; exit on your left. Take FM 239 to Austwell; as you enter Austwell, FM 239 becomes FM 774 at the curve. Continue on FM 744. Take a right at the stop sign. Go to the end of the street and take another right. This takes you about a half mile out of town to FM 2040. Go left on FM 2040 for approximately 6 miles to the refuge gate; register at the visitor center.
From Victoriaand U.S. 87, take U.S. 77 south to the Tivoli-Goliad Exit. Follow FM 239 to Tivoli, then turn south on SH 35, and follow the above directions from Tivoli.
Aransas NWR Refuge Map
HuntingAransas National WildlifeRefuge: 
The refuge offers annual archery and rifle hunts for white-tailed deer and feral hog. Applications are available during the summer from the visitor center, online (click the above link) through Kinsail Corporation, or by calling the refuge at (361) 286-3559. Online Purchase Questions: (703) 994-4194.
Matagorda Island Wildlife Management Area Information, Port O’Connor:
The 56,688-acre barrier island is one of the five barrier islands located on the Texas Gulf Coast (Gulf of Mexico), and is the only one entirely owned by the public. The island is magnificent in its near pristine, windswept environment, and it’s almost total isolation. It is located 55 miles northeast of Corpus Christi, is from 1 to 4 miles wide, and is 38 miles long. The north end is separated from Matagorda Peninsula by Paso Cavallo, and the south end is separated from St. Joseph Island by Cedar Bayou. The west side (bayside) is located approximately 5 miles off the mainland, and across Espiritu Santo, San Antonio and Mesquite Bays. Until the ferry service ended with the burning of the ferry, the TPWD managed the north end of the island as the Matagorda Island State Park. The park is now a Wildlife Management Area. The south end of the island is a unit of the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge Complex owned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is responsible for island wildlife and habitat management. The TPWD is responsible for public use management of the island and manages the whole island as a WMA. TPWD manages island activities including hunting. A Limited Public Use (LPU) Permit or an Annual Public Hunting (APH) Permit is required for all persons, except for youth under age 17. Those under 17 must be accompanied by a permitted adult. The boat dock located at the former TPWD headquarters area is located approximately 11 water miles from Port O’Connor. (979) 323-9553. Island access is by private boat or charter boat from Port O’Connor.
Hunting Waterfowl at Matagorda Island Wildlife Management Area:
Matagorda Island public hunting (including waterfowl) is administered by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Approximately 20,000 acres of upland habitat are available for hunting. Waterfowl hunting is allowed by Annual Public Hunting Permit in the bayshore marshes which include Pringle Lake, Contee Lake, South Pass Lake, Long Lake, Pat’s Bay, and others. Hunting species include rail, snipe and gallinule. Hunters must check in and check out of the manned hunter check station which opens at 5am. Hunters choose pond sites based on a first come, first served basis. At 5:30am, The TPWD vehicles will depart headquarters to begin dropping off hunters. The hunter check station on the island is approximately 11 water miles from the mainland and takes about 45 minutes to reach; all hunters must check in. Special Permit hunts may be offered for white-tailed deer, feral hogs and mourning dove. (979) 244-6804. (979) 244-7697. 
Hunting White-tailed Deer at Matagorda Island WMA:
White-tailed deer hunting is by special permit. Hunters are chosen in advance by a drawing, and all hunting is done from 12-foot-high deer stands. Deer hunters must arrive at the hunter check station on the island by 11am on the morning of their scheduled hunt. A briefing will be given, after which hunters will be transported to the hunting stands they have been assigned to. Standby hunters without a permit must report to the Port O’Connor office by 8am to complete the application process; the drawing occurs at 8:30am as vacancies allow. Camping is allowed in designated primitive camping areas.
Guadalupe Delta Wildlife Management Area Information, Tivoli & Victoria:
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 near 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. 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.
Guadalupe Delta Wildlife Management Area Hunting:
The Guadalupe Delta WMA offers bow hunting for alligator by drawn permit. It also offers youth and adult hunts for feral hogs, rabbits/hares, squirrel, coyotes, dove, waterfowl and migratory game birds on the San Antonio Unit. Hunters may camp on the WMA. The Mission Lake Unit has several designated signed public hunting roads which provide access to the numbered hunting sites. The Guadalupe River Unit and the Hynes Bay Unit have limited access points. During hunting season, boats must be hand launched; only electric motors are permitted. Airboats and trailers are prohibited.The hunter check-in station is on the south side of SH 35, 1 mile west of the U.S. 185 intersection.  2017-2018 Hunting Details
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 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
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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
Mosquito Informationfor Texas:
The months of April through October are the worst months for mosquitoes. . Mosquitoes love standing water and love you when you eat bananas. Mosquitoes are also attracted to some perfumes, including perfumed shampoos. 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. 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. Some that work include Off! Deep Woods, Off! Family Care Unscented with Aloe Vera, Cutter Unscented, Maggie’s Farm Natural, EcoSmart, All terrain Herbal Armor, Off Clip On, and Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Oil with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E (expensive). The fine net clothing available from Cabela’s and other sporting goods stores is highly effective in preventing mosquito bites.