GATO CREEK. Gato Creek rises near the base of Cline Mountain 2½ miles south of Cline in southwestern Uvalde County (at 29°13' N, 100°05' W) and runs south for twenty-one miles to its mouth on Muela Creek, in northwestern Zavala County (at 29°00' N, 100°03' W). The stream first passes through flat to gently sloping terrain with some local hummocks, then traverses flat terrain with local shallow depressions. Clayey and loamy soils of varying depths support scrub brush and grasses in the creek's upper reaches and water-tolerant hardwoods, conifers, and grasses in its lower. In 1974 a large holding tank existed on Gato Creek at the site of Gato Quarry near the junction of the Southern Pacific and Missouri Pacific railroads. Gato is Spanish for "cat."