2000 Census - 360
Bayside Texas History:
In 1908, E.O. Burton and A.H. Danforth purchased the land of the community of Black Point, an area protected from storms by St. Joseph’s Island and the Rockport-Fulton peninsula. The town was platted into nineteen blocks and one hotel block, and a community bathhouse, well and wharf were built. The beachfront was set aside for public use. Area land was divided into 505 acre tracts for truck farming.
Buyers who purchased a 5 acre plot were given a town lot. Because demand for the land was high, in 1909 and 1910, the developers purchased the adjoining town of St. Mary’s of Aransas and annexed the land. This town’s cemetery is still in use by Bayside residents. A school was built in 1912, and is now used as a community center. Bayview is located on Copano Bay on FM 136, 17 miles southeast of Refugio, and 25 miles northeast of Corpus Christi, Texas.
Historic Driscoll Home:
The marker reads “Birthplace of Clara Driscoll, “Savior of the Alamo.” Upon learning the Alamo was in major disrepair and was being turned into a hotel, she worked with the DAR of Texas to acquire the property, paying for most of the purchase price herself. The property was then donated to the State of Texas. She donated the bulk of her fortune to the Driscoll Foundation Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi.
John Howland Wood Mansion, 1875:
This beautiful mansion is located just behind the new fishing pier.
Annual Refugio County Fair & PRCA Rodeo, 3rd Weekend in March:
Activities at this four day fair include a scholarship cook-off, a breakfast, a parade, arts and crafts vendors, a livestock show, dances to live music at Padilla Hall, a horseshoe pitching tournament at Padilla Hall, a rodeo and an auction. (301) 526-1605. (361) 526-2825. 106 Fairground Road, Refugio. Email
Annual Bayside 4th of July Picnic & Celebration:
Activities include a parade and a community picnic; hot dogs are furnished and visitors bring side dishes. At dark, Bill Sharp hosts the annual fireworks at Bayside Richardson Co-Op Gin. The community picnic is held at Bayfront Park. (361) 529-6233.
Crofutt’s Sandwich Shop and Bakery:
They serve very good sandwiches, hamburgers, cinnamon rolls, giant cookies and other baked items. This is a popular place and does run out of food. Open Mon-Thu, 7am-7pm; Fri-Sun, 7am-8pm. (361) 529-6663. They are located at 1610 FM 136. Reviews
Birding - Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, Central Gulf Coast Region:
Aransas Loop: Rockport, Fulton, Aransas Bay, Aransas Pass, Ingleside, Aransas Pass, Gregory, Copano Bay
La Bahia Loop: McFaddin, Bloomington, Goliad, Refugio, Aransas NWR, Austwell, Woodsboro, Bayside, Sinton to Fulton, and Rockport
Texas Bird Checklist with Photos
Aransas County Bird Checklist with Photos
Refugio County Bird Checklist with Photos
Aransas NWR Bird Checklist, Austwell
Bee County Bird Checklist
Goose Island State Park Bird Checklist, Rockport & Lamar
Matagorda Island WMA & NWR Bird Checklist, Port O’Connor
The months of April through October are the worst months for mosquitoes. 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. Mosquitoes love you when you eat bananas. Mosquitoes are also attracted to some perfumes, including perfumed shampoos. 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. The fine net clothing available from Cabela’s and other sporting goods stores is highly effective in preventing mosquito bites.
Fennessey Ranch, 4000 Acres:
This family owned ranch (over 170 years) offers exceptional birding with over 420 species sited.
It is located along the Texas Coast in a region known as the Coastal Bend Region. It is on the Central Flyway and No. 041 on the La Bahia Loop of the Great Texas Central Coastal Birding Trail. Habitat consists of wetlands, meadows, natural lakes, freshwater marshes, rookeries, riparian woods, and brush land bordered on three sides by the Mission River. The ranch offers full day spring and fall migration tours, photo safaris, stargazing trips, wild boar hunts; special group tours may be arranged. Hummingbird hayrides are offered in conjunction with the Rockport Hummer/Bird Celebration; participants are bused from Rockport to the ranch. They also offer educational programs. (361) 529-6600. The ranch is located in Bayside, Texas.
Driscoll Rooke Covenant Park:
Park amenities include a playground, a beach, and covered picnic tables. The park is located adjacent to the public fishing pier and the historic old Wood Mansion on Copano Bay Drive at Wood Street. The park is No. 7 on the map.
Refugio County Country Club, Refugio, TX:
Amenities include a 9-hole golf course, a driving range, rental carts, a playground, a swimming pool, and a clubhouse with a pro-shop & concession stand, a bar & lounge area, a ballroom, a kitchen, game room, and restrooms. Winter Texans and others are welcome to join. The $50 fee to join is applied to the individual’s monthly dues of $51. (361) 526-5554. Woodsboro Highway 77 North, Refugio, TX.
This excellent fishing pier is the result of a matching grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The fishing pier is No. 6 on the map. It is located adjacent to the Driscoll Rooke Covenant Park.
Evans Bait Stand & RV Trailer Park:
(361) 529-6656. 103 Salt Flat Road. The bait stand is located near the intersection of West Street and Salt Flat Road at the southern end of the beach. The bait stand is No. 9 on the map.
Mission River & Boat Ramp:
The Mission River is formed by the confluence of the Blanco and Medio Creeks in central Refugio County. It flows 24 miles southeast past Refugio to its mouth on Mission Bay, an inlet of Copano Bay. Mission Bay is located just north of the town of Bayside, Texas. In 2011 the Refugio County Water control Improvement District was authorized to receive $500,000 in funds to be used to improve the lane boat ramp, construct a dock with lighting, a bulkhead and a parking lot. This ramp provides the only public access to Mission River; it is 3.5 miles upstream from Mission Bay.
Goose Island State Park Information:
This 321.4 acre park is located north of Rockport in Lamar, Texas on the Gulf of Mexico’s St. Charles and Aransas Bays. Initial construction work was completed by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) from 1931-1935. The island beach is made of oyster shell. Cement retaining walls line some of the bank. The marshland consists of smooth cordgrass, marsh-hay cordgrass, saltgrass, saltwort, and glasswort. The habitat of the mainland portion of the park consists of live oak, red-bay woods, tallgrass prairie, and wetlands. The Park is No. 048 on the Aransas Loop of the Great Texas Central Coastal Birding Trail. Whooping Cranes feed in the wetlands. The surrounding bays are filled with seagrass beds and oyster reefs. The park is well known for its “Big Tree," the largest live oak in Texas, and thought to be one of the largest in the nation. The tree is estimated to be over 1,000 years old. It has a circumference of 35 feet, is 45 feet tall, and a crown spread of 90 feet.Park entrance and camping fees apply. For more park information, watch the Park Video, and go to the Goose Island State Park Home Page. The park is located 10 miles northeast of Rockport. Take SH 35 to Park Road 13; drive 2 miles east to the park entrance.
Aransas National Wildlife Refuge Information:
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 the Texas Gulf Coast, 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.For more complete NWR information, go to the Aransas NWR Home Page. Aransas NWR Refuge Map
Guadalupe Delta Wildlife Management Area Information:
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 in the vicinity of 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. For more complete WMA information, go to the Guadalupe Delta WMA Home Page. 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.
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
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
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