Texas Parks & Wildlife
Located in the Guadalupe Loop of the Texas Coastal Birding Trail, Cuero is a splendid location from which to base daily forays into the rich grass and brush lands of DeWitt County. Drop by the Visitor Information Center at the Chamber (located inside the Cuero Heritage Museum) for information about areas for viewing The grasslands of this region are renowned for wintering sparrows, and roadside birding is the rule here.
During migration season each Spring and Fall there is a group in Cuero that gathers each Sunday and heads out on a birding adventure. For more information on dates and times call 361-243-2531.
The 9-hole "Cuero Park" course at the Cuero Park Municipal Golf Course facility features 3,220 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 36 . The course rating is 35.2 and it has a slope rating of 110. Cuero Park golf course opened in 1933. Georgia Heyer manages the course as the General Manager.
The Guadalupe River serves the Cuero community as a source of recreation and also a source of history.
Cuero is a part of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Paddling Trail. There, you can enjoy taking your boat, kayak or canoe and paddle down the river to enjoy the great outdoors. As you paddle, look around for the old damn and power plant that used to serve the Cuero area many years ago.
The river is also the source of great stories. The most recent story for the river and Cuero was in the flood of 1998. The Guadalupe River crested in the morning of October 17th, the river crested at over 49.8 feet, which is the highest recording at this part in the river since 1900. The city was covered in the river with many buildings not even visible from the air. Since this flood, the city and county have put in more measures to ensure better flow for the water, but this flood will go down in history as a once in 500 year flood.
The Guadalupe Blanco River Authority (GBRA) has developed a River Heritage Tour which kicked off in October 2015. There is a online video guide and 10 physical kiosks navigating visitors on a journey through the history and culture of the counties across the GBRA statutory district. To find out information on the River Trail in Cuero visit the GBRA website at www.gbra.org/riverheritagetour/cuero.aspx.
The Guadalupe Valley Paddling Trail is a 13.8 mile paddling trail located in DeWitt County, just outside of Cuero.
The trail can be enjoyed with a half day trip, or only a few miles of it with a couple of hours on the water.
For more info on the paddling the Guadalupe Valley Paddling Trail, see the Texas Parks and Wildlife website here here.
City of Cuero Designated Monarch Butterfly Friendly City
The City of Cuero issued a proclamation on Friday, May 6 declaring Cuero a monarch butterfly friendly city. Participating in the ceremony were Senator Lois Kolkhorst, Mayor Sara Meyer and 4th grade students from Mrs. Fuchs’ classes at Cuero Intermediate, and the Keep Cuero Beautiful Committee.
The 4th grade students at Cuero Intermediate have been working diligently over the last several weeks to improve the butterfly garden and achieve Way Station status for the Texas state insect.
Students have planted over 1000 seeds with more than 200 milkweed seeds among them in preparation of the plant sale. These students can distinguish between host and nectar plants and advise you as to which you need and why. You may also be lectured about pesticides.
The Value of Monarch Waystations
By creating and maintaining a Monarch Waystation you are contributing to monarch conservation, an effort that will help assure the preservation of the species and the continuation of the spectacular monarch migration phenomenon.
Each fall, hundreds of millions of monarch butterflies migrate from the United States and Canada to overwintering areas in Mexico and California where they wait out the winter until conditions favor a return flight in the spring. The monarch migration is truly one of the world's greatest natural wonders, yet it is threatened by habitat loss in North America - at the overwintering sites and throughout the spring and summer breeding range as well.
Monarch Waystation Habitats Monarch Waystations are places that provide resources necessary for monarchs to produce successive generations and sustain their migration. Without milkweeds throughout their spring and summer breeding areas in North America, monarchs would not be able to produce the successive generations that culminate in the migration each fall. Similarly, without nectar from flowers these fall migratory monarch butterflies would be unable to make their long journey to overwintering grounds in Mexico. The need for host plants for larvae and energy sources for adults applies to all monarch and butterfly populations around the world.
Cuero Municipal Park features an 8.5-acre lake with a lighted fishing pier, a 2-mile walking trail that winds through the entire park, a clubhouse, 4 sand volleyball courts, a four-field little league complex, a softball field, 2 lighted, regulation soccer fields, a rodeo arena, a Friar Ag Center and show barn, and a seasonal outdoor swimming pool.
There are also multiple covered pavilions available for rental, a large children's playground, a covered and lighted basketball pavilion with 3 full-size courts, a 9-hole golf course, an "open-air" amphitheater for outdoor concerts and festivals, a small-craft municipal airport, and a regulation, high school baseball stadium.
The park is the location for numerous community events and festivals throughout the year including Turkeyfest and our Christmas in the Park Holiday Lights drive through.
The City of Cuero Parks Department coordinates two events each year.
Annual Easter Egg Hunt
The hunt is held the Saturday before Easter Sunday and is set up around the Park knoll. A wide variety of activities include Hot Boiled Egg, Bounce House, Egg Hunt and more. Activities begin at 10:30 a.m. while the hunt starts at 12 Noon. The Easter Bunny is available for pictures 10:30 a.m. until 12Noon. Refreshments are provided for the children and drinks are available for purchase for the adults. 14,000 eggs are evenly distributed into four age groups: 0-2 years, 3-5 years, 6-7 years and 8-10 years. Prizes include restaurant vouchers, Easter baskets and bicycles.
Annual Summer Staycation
Staycation activities begin early June and end during the middle of August. Activities include Art & Crafts, movies on the knoll, free pool day, free paddleboat and kayak rides and more. Arts & Crafts are held in the Municipal Park Clubhouse. Free paddleboat and kayak rides are available at the Municipal Lake; lifejackets are provided, and Lifeguards are available to assist. Movies are shown at the Park knoll at 9 p.m. every other Thursday during Summer Staycation.