Many know and call this beautiful stream The Frio or Frio River, however the real name is “Rio Frio”- Spanish for “Cold River.” Anybody that has dipped their feet or whole body in The Frio Waters will agree the literal translation suits the Frio well. When near 100 degree Texas Heat hits, the Frio River and the lines of Shady Cypress Trees that encompass the area are known to be a perfect remedy for tourists and locals.
The West Frio is fed by springs beginning in the Northeast Tip of Real County North of Leakey, Texas- near where the popular H.E.B. Camp resides. Yes.. the same H.E.B. family that owns The H.E.B. Store – but you’ll won’t find groceries for sale here. In Leakey, The Frio joins forces with the East Frio and continues the rest of it’s 200 mile southeast journey ending in the Nueces River mouth south of the town of Three Rivers, Texas.
During the Frio’s voyage, it also ventures through the towns of Rio Frio, Concan, East of Uvalde, West of Pearsell, Knippa, Fowlerton, Tilden, Three Rivers and the counties of Uvalde, Frio, LaSalle, McMullen, and Live Oak. While in these above counties and towns, The Frio River also contributes to the damming of the Corder, Frank Kincaid, Miller, Garwood, Tips, Sirianni, V-Bar, & Shamrock Lakes and the Choke Canyon, Bennett, & Burns Reservoirs.
Many know the Frio River because it runs through the popular “Garner State Park” where over 200,000 thousands camp, swim, kayak, and paddleboat every year. The August 2008 Edition of Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine ranks Garner second in their Top Ten “Texas” State Park Swimming Holes.
Even famous Country Music Stars sing about The Frio River.. Country fan or not.. there’s a good chance you’ve heard or heard of the song “All My Ex’s Live In Texas” by George Strait. Strait sings… “I remember that old frio river where I learned to swim…….”
The “Frio River” area is also well known by vacationers for it’s Crystal Clear Waters, Cypress Trees, Rolling Hills, Rock Beaches, Popular River Crossings, Tubing Routes, Horseback Riding, Wildlife, Texas Hospitality, Cabins, Cottages, Bunkhouses, Lodges, RV Sites, Tent Camping, and other accommodations that sit on or near The Frio River; concentrated in Concan, Rio Frio and Leakey Texas.