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ST. NICOLAS LAKES. The St. Nicolas (San Nicolas) Lakes consist of North St. Nicolas Lake and South St. Nicolas Lake and lie nine miles north of Refugio in northwestern Refugio County. South St. Nicolas Lake, the larger of the two, covers some 150 acres; North St. Nicolas covers approximately 100 acres. Both are used for boating and fishing. Low-rolling hills and coastal prairies around the lakes are covered by coastal grasses and scrub brush. During the Spanish period the lakes were on the old road between the missions of Nuestra Señora del Espíritu Santo de Zúñiga and Nuestra Señora del Refugio. The site was also a favorite campsite for the Karankawa Indians.


John Clements, Flying the Colors: Texas, a Comprehensive Look at Texas Today, County by County (Dallas: Clements Research, 1984).

Hobart Huson


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

Hobart Huson, "ST. NICOLAS LAKES," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 25, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.