San Patricio County, Texas.
Chiltipin Creek midpoint in Sinton, Texas.
Chiltipin Creek ends in Bayside, Texas.
41.94 miles long (67.50 kilometers)
2165422.51 miles (3484910.80 sq kilometers)
About The Chiltipin Creek
Chiltipin Creek is a short waterway found north of San Patricio County in southern Texas. The creek rises north of West Sinton, west of San Patricio County. It then runs east for 45 miles until it reaches the Aransas River. Finally, it outflows into Copano Bay, Aransas Bay, and ultimately into the Gulf of Mexico. According to an archaeological survey made by the University of Texas, the area is made up of level to rolling terrain, with vegetation consisting of mesquite, thorny brush, pickled pear, and even live oak and hackberry.
The original settlers of the area were the Native American Coahuiltecans, which consisted of small, semi-nomadic hunter-gatherers who have lived around the area for more than 10,000 years. The creek itself was named after an early variant of the word chiltipiquín, which are the small, wild red peppers that grew around the area. The creek used to have fresh water, however, in the 1990s saltwater discharges from the oil wells contributed to erosion. In 1992, more than 124,000 gallons of oil were discharged into the creek, after a pipeline was ruptured. The accident cost more than $153,793 in damages and an innumerable amount of displaced species.
After an extensive and successful restoration plan, the creek in its present state is open to the public and contains a diverse set of species, both migratory and otherwise. The creek is still an important tributary to Copano Bay, a well-known fishing spot in its own right.