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CHOCOLATE BAYOU (Victoria County). Chocolate Bayou rises a mile south of Guadalupe in south central Victoria County (at 28°44' N, 96°56' W) and runs southeast for twenty-five miles before emptying into Chocolate Bay, an inlet off Lavaca Bay, one mile south of Port Lavaca (at 28°35' N, 96°39' W). The creek crosses flat to rolling prairie surfaced by dark, commonly calcareous clay that supports mesquite, grasses, and cacti; through flat terrain surfaced by loam that supports water-tolerant hardwoods; and into brackish saltwater marsh surfaced by mud and sand in which grow rushes and grasses. Chocolate Bayou is intermittent in its upper and middle reaches.


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

"CHOCOLATE BAYOU (VICTORIA COUNTY)," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed July 06, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.