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Ottine, Texas
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Ottine Texas History:
Founded in 1879, it was named by combining the names of the founding settlers, Adolf Otto and his wife Christine. It was previously called Otto’s Mill, and Otto’s Station. Otto established a water gin, making use of the nearby natural sulphur springs for his business. Ottine’s location on the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway helped the town become an area trading center. In 1892, Otto’s sons established a general store and the Ottine post office. Ottine quickly grew to include a church, two general stores, a sawmill, a lumberyard, a blacksmith shop, a saloon, and a gristmill powered by the San Marcos River. Cotton was a major crop. The town received a telephone connection in 1915 when it had 200 residents. In 1933, Palmetto State Park was established on 198 acres of Ottine Swamp on the southern edge of the town. The Warm Springs Foundation for Crippled Children (Texas Rehabilitation Center of Gonzales) was established in 1937. Ottine is located just east of the Guadalupe River on the northern edge of Palmetto State Park at the intersection of FM 1586 and CR 261, 8 miles southeast of Luling, 10.8 miles southwest of Harwood, 23 miles southwest of Waelder, and 13 miles northwest of Gonzales, Texas.
 
Ottine Texas Post Office, Cemetery, and the Little Hill Baptist Church:
Ottine has an interesting Texas post office building. It 1999, it still housed the old post office boxes. The town now has a new post office building. Exit the Palmetto State Park on Park Road 11, then turn left on FM 1586. The post office will be down the road on the left. Continue past the post office to the Ottine Cemetery entrance on your right (past the curve in the road). The Little Hill Baptist Church is located past the cemetery. The church is located along the San Marcos River, east of the Oxbow Lake.  
 
Elk Foundation Camp, Ottine, Texas:
Warm Springs Rehabilitation Foundation opened its first hospital near the mineral rich springs in Ottine, Texas in the early 1960s. It offered polio rehabilitation treatment. This hospital is now closed. The property is now home to the Texas Elks Camp for children with special needs. The camp focuses on horse activities, sports, and other activities. The camp is located at 1963 FM 1586 in Ottine. (830) 875-2425. Exit the Palmetto State park on Park Road 11 and drive to FM 1586. Go right on FM 1586 and travel to the hospital and foundation entrance on your right.  
 
Birding - Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, Central Gulf Coast Region:
Guadalupe Loop: Ottine, Gonzales, Hochheim, Cuero, Bloomington, Placedo, Victoria, Palmetto State Park
Texas Bird Checklist with Photos
Oaks & Prairies & Osage Plains Bird Checklist
Gonzales County Bird Checklist with Photos
Palmetto State Park Bird Checklist, Ottine, Gonzales
 
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
 
U.S. 183 Access Boat Ramp, Guadalupe River:
Amenities include a gravel and dirt boat ramp and parking for 20 vehicles. The ramp is located near the U.S. 183 (South St. Josephs Avenue) elevated bridge approximately 1 mile south of Gonzales at the south end of Independence Park.
 
Cost Texas Boat Ramp on the Guadalupe River:
This concrete single lane boat ramp is suitable for most small motorized boats on trailers, canoes, kayaks, rafts, and tubes. The parking lot has a capacity of 15 vehicles. From Cost, take SH 97 east to Spur 95. Go north (left) on Spur 95 and drive to the Guadalupe River boat ramp. Cost is located at the intersection of SH 97 and FM 466, 8 miles southwest of Gonzales.
 
San Marcos River:
The spring fed San Marcos River rises in San Marcos, Texas from the San Marcos Springs in Spring Lake. Spring Lake is best known for the former privately owned (1928-1996) Aquarena Springs Amusement Park which was located lakeside. This former park is now the Aquarena Center and is managed and protected by Texas State University. The 1 mile river section from Lions Park (near the SH 82 Bridge and the railroad bridge) past Bicentennial Park to Rio Vista Park is mostly wide and tame, offering a favorable tubing area. Canoers, kayakers, and some tubers go beyond Rio Vista Park to the junction of the Blanco and San Marcos Rivers just above the very dangerous Old Cummings Mill Dam, a distance of approximately 3 miles from Lions Park. The San Marcos flows southeast for seventy-five miles, forming the boundary between Guadalupe and Caldwell Counties before reaching its mouth on the Guadalupe River, two miles west of Gonzales, Texas. Several endangered plant and animal species, such as Texas wild rice and the Texas salamander, are unique to the San Marcos River. The endangered Texas Wild Rice plant only grows along a two mile stretch of the river in Hays County. Reintroduction plans include growing the rice in a captive environment, then replanting a large number of plants very close together in a protected area of the river. The river is an extremely popular with canoers, kayakers and tubers. Recreationalists are encouraged to paddle clear of the rice plants; floating over the rice in tubes, kayaks, and canoes does not hurt the plant, but when flower stalks rise above the surface, it means the plants are going to pollinate; everyone should avoid the plants at this time. More information is available in the Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine’s, “Scout Wild Rice,” article, June 2009; page 10. Much of the riverbank is privately owned; public access is limited to a few parks (several in San Marcos) and bridge crossings. Three tall dams (dangerous due to their height), and two potentially dangerous rapids are located along the river. The 260 mile Texas White Safari Race begins at Aquarena Center (on Spring Lake), continues past the junction of the San Marcos and Blanco Rivers, passes through Luling, and then passes near Gonzales where the San Marcos River flows into the Guadalupe River; the Guadalupe River and the race end at Bayfront Park at Seadrift, Texas. Comal, Guadalupe, San Marcos & Blanco Rivers Flow Rates    
Good Article on Canoeing the San Marcos River 
Canoeing the San Marcos River from San Marcos to Luling
Canoeing the San Marcos River from Luling to Palmetto State Park 
Well written narrative of a canoe trip down the San Marcos River
Southwest Paddler Information & Great Photos 
 
Canoeing and Kayaking Luling, Texas to Palmetto State Park, 14 Miles:
This is not an official Texas Paddling Trail. Put in at the San Marcos River in at Luling’s River Trail Park (100 Paddling Trail Road) where U.S. 90 crosses the San Marcos River, approximately 5 miles west of Luling. Paddle 14 miles to Palmetto State Park. Most of the riverbank along the route is private land, creating few put-in and take-out points. There is one dam (Ottine), and there are no rapids, but there is usually a steady current. The 43 mile section of the San Marcos River between San Marcos and Luling City Park is a very scenic route; many small towns are located along the banks of the river. There are three tall dams (dangerous due to their height), and two rapids. Palmetto State Park is located at 78 Park Road 11 South near Ottine, Texas. From Gonzales drive 10 miles northwest on U.S. 183 to FM 1586. Drive 2 miles west on FM 1586, then south go south on Park Road 11. From Luling, travel 6 miles southeast on U.S. 183, the go southwest on Park Road 11 for two miles.
 
Annual Texas Water Safari Race, 260 Miles, (San Marcos-Guadalupe Rivers) June:
The world’s toughest canoe race, the 260 mile, 100 hour race begins at the Aquarena Springs in San Marcos; Texas State University at San Marcos gives permission to enter at Spring Lake. 4 miles downstream, the Blanco and San Marcos Rivers join. The San Marcos River then passes through Luling and continues to Gonzales. Near Gonzales, the River flows into the Guadalupe River (75 miles from Aquarena Springs). The paddling course continues down the Guadalupe River and ends at Bayfront Park in at Seadrift on the Gulf of Mexico. Palmetto State Park is the fourth checkpoint. 
 
Palmetto State Park Information:
This 270 acre park is named for the stand of tropical dwarf palmetto plants (Sabal minor) found here.  The park is located on the San Marcos River northwest of Gonzales, and southeast of Luling.198 acres of the original Ottine Swamp were purchased by the state in 1933. The park opened to the public in 1936. The park features beautiful stone buildings constructed by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps). The CCC, one of FDR's New Deal programs, put unemployed young men to work on construction projects across the U.S. Park habitat consists of cypress and hardwood trees (some draped with Spanish moss), an artesian well and pond, and a 4 acre oxbow lake. Insect repellent is often needed. Park entrance and camping fees apply. For more park information watch the Park Video, and go to the Palmetto State Park Home Page. From Gonzales take U.S. 183 10 miles northwest to FM 1586. Travel 2 miles west on FM 1586, then go south on Park Road 11.
 
Lockhart State Park Information:
The 263.7 acres of parkland along Clear Fork Creek was deeded to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department by private owners between 1934 and 1937. Constructed by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps), the park opened to the public in 1948. Many of the original CCC structures remain, including the Group Recreation Hall, and the rock dams and bridges along Clear Fork Creek. Wildlife species include white-tailed deer, coyote, fox, raccoon, bobcat, opossum, armadillo, nutria, squirrel, rabbit, birds, and snakes, including rattlesnakes and coral snakes. The Battle of Plum Creek occurred in 1840, a few miles north of the park.Park entrance and camping fees apply. For more complete park information, watch the Park Video and go to the Lockhart State Park Home Page. From Lockhart, go south on U.S. 183 for 1 mile to FM 20. Go right on FM 20 for 2 miles to Park Road 10, then travel 1 mile south to the park.
 
M.O. Neasloney Wildlife Management Area Information:
This 100 acre WMA was donated to the TPWD by Mr. Neasloney with the stipulation that it be developed as a wildlife education center; it is also Mr. Neasloney’s burial place. The WMA is used primarily for wildlife ecology field tours for public school groups. Outdoor recreational opportunities include wildlife viewing, hiking and an interpretive nature trail. Amenities include a one mile undeveloped nature trail with markers identifying on-going wildlife projects. There is no potable water or restrooms. The wildlife management projects demonstrate the different types of native habitats that can be used by landowners. The Area has a small pond which provides water for local animals and birds. The combination of protective natural habitat and water creates a desirable environment for wildlife viewing. (830) 424-3407. Office: 20700 SH 80 North, Gonzales, Texas 78629. For more information, go to the M.O. Neasloney WMA Home Page. The M.O. Neasloney WMA is located near Luling, Texas. Take IH-10 to the intersection of IH-10 and SH 80 and then go south on SH 80 for approximately 8 miles. The entrance to the WMA road is on the right. The office/classroom is located one mile from the entrance.
 
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
 
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