Choke Canyon State Park

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About Choke Canyon State Park

For some, Choke Canyon is considered the final frontier. Okay, by “some”, we mean alligators -- the park is the westernmost place in the U.S. where you’ll still commonly find gators swimming about. You may also spot wild turkey, coyote, and skunks among the park’s brush and along the lake’s banks. Pack your binoculars and take a hike on Choke Canyon’s special birding trails; woodpeckers, roadrunners, and Mexican eagles are fairly common sights. Kayak across the lake, fishing gear in tow to catch bass or crappie, or stay on land to explore some trails -- either on foot or by horseback. And just in case the natural splendors of Choke Canyon aren’t enough for you, bring your A-game to the park’s basketball and tennis courts or baseball field. However you fill your day, we have a feeling you’ll hit the sack in one of the two park campgrounds with a clear head, and creaking bones.

Campgrounds in Choke Canyon

Choke Canyon Campground

1. Choke Canyon Campground

The campsites at Choke Canyon are lakeside living at its best -- or, at least, simplest. The 40 campsites at the north end of the park come with...

Michelle: Camped here in early spring on a spur of the moment fishing trip. Found the park to be spacious, quiet and perfect for paddling...
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Sponsored Youth Group Campground

2. Sponsored Youth Group Campground

Rough it at the youth group camping area on the south side of the lake. The campground can accommodate up to 50 people, and the area is equipped...

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Camped here in early spring on a spur of the moment fishing trip. Found the park to be spacious, quiet and perfect for paddling and catching fish. No swimming... we did see a good sized gator sunning himself... ! but great for putting kayaks in. Our campsite had a shade shelter, table and fire ring, electricity and h2o. Didn't do much hiking, but we did walk the park at night and saw javelina, deer, wild turkeys, and lots of other critters. Watch out- Game wardens are present, and while fishing from the shore is fine w/out a license, you do need one while out on the lake ;) relaxing and quiet for sure.

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History of Choke Canyon State Park

Choke Canyon State Park, consisting of two units, South Shore and Calliham, is located on the 26,000-acre Choke Canyon Reservoir, a water supply for Corpus Christi. The park was acquired in 1981 in a 50-year cooperative agreement between the Bureau of Reclamation, the city of Corpus Christi and the Nueces River Authority.

The Calliham Unit, containing 1,100 acres in McMullen County, was opened to the public on Aug. 21, 1987. The South Shore Unit contains 385 acres in Live Oak County and was opened to the public on March 5, 1986.

From the scant evidence available, we know that Paleo Indians crossed the Frio River Valley more than 10,000 years ago following game such as bison and mammoth. After the disappearance of large game more than 8,000 years ago, nomadic hunters and gatherers associated with the Archaic culture camped near the river making tools, building fires, and gathering and processing food. Numerous Archaic sites in the Choke Canyon area have been recorded.