Welcome to the San Patricio County Parks website. Here you will find all the information you are looking for about our great parks. La Fruta Park currently provides the outdoor enthusiast with a large outdoor grill for cookouts, plenty of picnic tables, primitive camping, RV site rentals, hiking trails, paddling and kayak rentals, birdwatching, wildlife viewing, and multiple fishing points along the Nueces River.
Illustration courtesy of the Nueces River Authority.
Riparian - Definition: a natural ecosystem surrounding a course of water, such as a river, that ecologically supports diverse habitats for a wide range of plants, insects, amphibians, and birds. Riparian zones contribute to the health of aquatic ecosystems by filtering out pollutants and preventing erosion.
"Clean, abundant water in the Nueces Basin depends on an amazing natural system of tributary streams, creeks and riparian land that subtly works its magic-filtering, storing and releasing this precious resource. The transitional band of vegetation that occurs between waterways, large and small, and the upland regions marks the critical riparian landscape. This zone is where water, soil, and vegetation interact. The plants within this system help determine its proper function-holding soil, and holding and cleaning water. Healthy riparian lands will determine the amount and quality of water in our rivers, bays and groundwater aquifers in the future."
"Your Remarkable Riparian", Nueces River Authority
Displayed from left to right: Whitetail Buck, Bobcat, Javelina, Cottontail Rabbit.
La Fruta Park is more than just a park. It is home and habitat to countless types and species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. It is not uncommon to encounter wildlife while visiting La Fruta Park. As beautiful as the animals you may encounter at one of our parks may be, to ensure the safety of our visitors and wildlife alike the San Patricio County Parks Department strongly advises our visitors to never approach, tease, chase, or follow the animals. Do not feed the wildlife. It may seem fun and harmless, but it teaches the wildlife that people mean food. Do not touch or attempt to touch the wildlife. Do not touch or pick up baby animals. Observe the wildlife at a safe and respectful distance where your presence does not disturb the animal. If you plan to observe wildlife, bring binoculars. Drive slowly and watch out for wildlife crossing the park roads. Remember that this is their home. We're just visiting.
San Patricio County is a birdwatcher's paradise! Located in the heart of one of the two major North-South flyways for migratory birds, birdwatching can be enjoyed at La Fruta Park year round. The pictures below display a Cardinal, a Black and White Warbler, a Green Jay, and a Belted Kingfisher, which are just a few of the many types of birds that live and migrate to La Fruta Park each year.
Displayed from left to right: Cardinal, Black and White Warbler, Green Jay, Belted Kingfisher.
The Nueces River, located in the Nueces Basin watershed, begins in the Texas Hill Country. It provides irrigation for crops, but also carries pesticides and agricultural run-off. It provides drinking water and recreational areas for local populations, but also carries trash from thoughtless citizens. It is a life-giving refuge for fish and wildlife. You can help protect this valuable resource by disposing of your trash properly.