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Riviera Beach, Texas
Riviera Beach Texas History:
The town of Riviera was established on the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railroad line in 1907 on land Theodore Koch purchased from Henrietta King of the King Ranch. Koch named the town after the French Riviera which he had visited. He also purchased land 11 miles away on Baffin Bay and established a beach resort which he named Riviera Beach. He surveyed the land and sold plots to farmers, and built an ice plant, a hotel, waterworks, a park and a 400 foot fishing pier. At the time, the two towns were connected by a dirt road which was impassible during inclement weather, so in 1912, he contracted to have a railroad line built between the two towns. The first school was built in 1913, and the Riviera Beach post office was established in 1914. Approximately 40 families were living in the area when the town was almost totally destroyed in the 1916 hurricane. After the storm the only thing that remained was the hotel and a few residents. Koch stopped the railroad operations in 19016 and dismantled the railroad in 1917. By 1931, only one family was living in the area. During World War II, the hotel was reopened as a residence for men from the Kingsville Naval Air Station. The hotel was destroyed in a late 1950s fire. In 2013, the town had Mr. Kraatz’s Baffin Bay Café, and West Bait Stand and fishing pier, a Kleberg County fishing pier, the Baffin Bay Lodge, and approximately 100 residents. The café and bait shop closed after Mr. Kraatz’s September 2013 death. Baffin Bay is world renowned for its large spotted sea trout. Riviera Beach is located on Baffin Bay on FM 771, 9 miles east of Riviera, and 20 miles southeast of Kingsville; and 4.3 miles southeast of Loyola Beach, Texas.
Robert J. Kleberg Public Library, 1927 Building, Kingsville:
The Kingsville Texas library is the closest library. It was founded in 1909 by the Woman’s Club of Kingsville. The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, genealogy resources, adult and children’s computer labs, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. Open Tue-Fri, 8am-6pm; Sat, 9am-1pm; closed Sunday and Monday. (361) 592-6381. The library is located at 220 N. 4th Street, Kingsville, 21 miles northwest of Loyola Beach.
Annual Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church Thanksgiving Picnic, Vattman, Texas: Email for annual flyer
The former town of Vattman is located at the intersection of FM 626 and FM 772, east of Riviera. On Thanksgiving Day the women of Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church host the annual Vattmann Community Thanksgiving Dinner from 11am to 2pm. Over 2,000 people from the surrounding area attend this event which started in 1914. The dinner menu includes turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, garden salads, cranberry sauce, breads, dessert, and beverages. Other activities include a turkey shoot, arts and crafts, a country store, a raffle and a silent auction, a moonwalk, a fish pond, a country/western dance, Daub Bingo, a hayride, and fabulous cookbook sales. From south of Kingsville, go five miles east on FM 628 towards Loyola Beach and the Kings Inn. The church and hall are located on your left at 204 Palm Avenue, Riviera. The church is visible from FM 626. (361) 297-5255.  Email
Kings Inn Restaurant, Loyola Beach, Texas:
This is the best seafood restaurant in South Texas if not in Texas; it is a great stop on the way to SPI. All seafood is fresh and is lightly battered; choose from fish (drum and others), shrimp and oysters. The tartar sauce is delicious. The onion rings are very, very thinly cut and lightly battered; they are delicious and somehow escape being greasy. French fries are ok. The salad we order is outstanding. It consists of a plate piled high with chopped iceberg lettuce mixed with chopped tomatoes and a wonderful light dressing; the mound is covered with sliced avocados (always great tasting). They have other menu items, but I don’t know what they are; I haven’t looked at their menu in 30 years. The restaurant is located in Loyola Beach on Baffin Bay. Open Tue-Sat, 11am-10pm; closed Sundays and Mondays. The restaurant is packed on Friday and Saturday nights so consider making reservations. (361) 297-5265. 1116 E. CR 2270, Riviera, Texas 78379. From Kingsville drive south on .U.S 77 for approximately 8 miles until you see the large Kings Inn sign on the east side (left) of the highway at FM 628. Go left on FM 628 and drive a few miles until the road curves to the right, and there is a street going to the left. Go straight ahead on the driveway road to the large parking lot you see in the distance. From Riviera, take U.S. 77 north approximately a mile or two; look for the Kings Inn sign on your right. Reviews 
Baffin Bay Café at Riviera Beach:
Mr. Kraatz owned the café and the West Bait Stand. I some of his relatives when I stopped to photograph the restaurant in late February 2014, and learned the owner passed away in September, 2013. The daughter-in-law told me they were sorting out his property and planned to sell the café and bait shop buildings .They serve excellent seafood platters (shrimp, fish, oysters), chicken fried steak, coleslaw, thin onion rings, and skins on fries. Every table has a bay view; deck seating is available. This restaurant was featured in the December 2008 issue of Texas Monthly as one of the best small town cafes in Texas. Open Sun-Thu, 11am-9pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-10pm. (361) 297-5354. It is located at 1291 CR 2360 near the fishing pier in Riviera Beach. From Riviera, take FM 771 east for several miles; continue on CR 1155 to CR 2306 at the coast. Reviews
Birding - Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, Central Gulf Coast Region:
Kingsville Loop:  Kingsville, Ricardo, Rivera, Riviera Beach, east of Premont, Baffin Bay, North of Sarita, Loyola Beach
Los Ranchos de Tejas Loop, Lower Gulf Coast Region: Riviera, Sarita, west to Falfurrias, down to Raymondville, San Miguel, down to just east of Edinburg
Texas Bird Checklist with Photos
Kleberg County Bird Checklist with Photos
King Ranch Bird Checklist
Kaufer-Hubert Memorial Park & Sea Wind RV Resort, Riviera Beach, TX:
Amenities include 2 boat ramps, a fish cleaning station, boat storage, the 500 foot Baffin Bay fishing pier, a beach, a playground, sheltered and unsheltered picnic tables with BBQ grills, two picnic pavilions, a bird trail, a viewing tower, a large sports field with a baseball backstop, soccer goals, football goal posts, a basketball goal, and restrooms. The RV resort features 134 RV sites with full hookups,22 overflow RV sites, picnic tables, and BBQ grills, restrooms with showers, a laundry, a recreation hall favored by Winter Texans, and a pond with a fountain. The mud flats and salt marshes located just north of the main entrance at the mouth of Vattmann Creek are great for wildlife viewing and birding. Some bird sightings include Black and Surf Scoter, Doves, Green Jay, Olive Sparrow, Herons, egrets,  Wilson’s Plover, Piping, Stilt, and Pectoral and White-rumped Sandpiper. There are no fees for the park, but fees apply to the campground. Sea Wind RV Resort, 1066 FM 628 East, Riviera.Kleberg County: (361) 595-8591.From Rivera, go north on U.S. 77 to FM 628 (look for the billboard advertising the Kings Inn; eat there). Go east (right) on FM 628 about 8.5 miles to Loyola Beach. At Loyola Beach veer to the right on FM 628 and continue southeast on FM 628 to the park entrance.From Kingsville go 11 miles south on U.S. 77; turn east (left) onto FM 628. Email  Facebook
Riviera Beach Fishing Pier:
Amenities include a lighted fishing pier, Kratz’s Bait Camp, and restrooms. The pier overlooks the mouth of the Laguna Salada. Bird species include pelicans, grebes, green jays, groove-billed Ani (in the brush along the road), and waterfowl. (361) 595-8591. From Rivera, go north on U.S. 77 to FM 628 (look for the billboard advertising the Kings Inn; eat there). Go east (right) on FM 628 about 8.5 miles to Loyola Beach. At Loyola Beach veer to the right on FM 628 and continue southeast on FM 628. Continue past Kaufer-Hubert Park and drive to the intersection of FM 1526. Go south on FM 1526, then go left (east) on FM 771 and drive to Riviera Beach and the fishing
West Bait Stand, Riviera Beach:
The owner, Mr. Kraatz, passed away in September, 2013. The bait stand and the Baffin Bay Café will be put on the market. They sell bait and tackle, and snacks and drinks. (361) 297-5797. (361) 813-2198. 972 E FM 628. The bait stand is located south of the Kings Inn Restaurant on FM 628.
Brown’s Convenience Store & Bait, Loyola Beach, TX:
The store sells grocery items and live bait. (361) 297-5747. Go north of Riviera to FM 628; go right on FM 628 at the Kings Inn sign. The store is located at the intersection of FM 628 and CR 1140 by the entrance to the Kings Inn parking lot. 
Captain Black's Outdoor Adventures on Baffin Bay:
(210) 355-5091. 1015 E. FM 628, Riviera, Texas 78379. Email  Facebook
Captain Mickey Riley Cast ‘n Stay Fishing Guide Services:
He offers bay and flat fishing. Amenities include three cabins and a private fishing pier. (361) 297-5636. Page: (361) 851-4769. 
Guy Martin's Fishing and Hunting Guide Service on Baffin Bay:
Guy offers guided fishing trips on Baffin Bay, and guided duck and goose hunting trips. (361) 219-9178. Route 1, Box 67B-4, Riviera, Texas 78359. Email
Baffin Bay Adventures Fishing & Hunting:
Captain Brandon Banta offers guided fishing and duck hunting trips in the Baffin Bay area. Lodging is available in a cabin located three minutes from the fishing pier. (361) 688-1750. Email
King Ranch Hunting:
Most of the land is used for private hunting leases. However, the ranch offers guided hunts for quail, white-tailed deer, turkey, feral hog, javelina and nilgai. Leases: (361) 221-0311. Leases: (361) 221-0350. Guided Hunts: (361) 595-1424. Lease Email 1  Lease Email 2 
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