sidebar menu icon


CHARCO MARRANO CREEK. Charco Marrano Creek rises nine miles east of Cotulla in central La Salle County (at 28°24' N, 99°05' W) and runs south for twelve miles to its mouth on the Nueces River, sixteen miles southeast of Cotulla (at 28°14' N, 99°04' W). The name is Spanish for "filthy pond." In the creek's upper reaches the surrounding flat to rolling terrain has locally shallow depressions and is surfaced by dark clays that support grasses, mesquites, and cacti. In the creek's lowest reaches, clay and sandy loams support water-tolerant hardwoods and grasses.

Image Use Disclaimer

All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.

For more information go to:

If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.


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

Handbook of Texas Online, "Charco Marrano Creek," accessed November 21, 2017,

Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.