|Choke Canyon State Park, consisting of two units, South Shore and Calliham, is located on 26,000-acre Choke Canyon Reservoir, a water supply for Corpus Christi. The park was acquired in 1981 in a 50 year cooperative agreement among the Bureau of Reclamation, the City of Corpus Christi and the Nueces River Authority.The Calliham Unit, containing 1100 acres, in McMullen County was opened to the public on August 21, 1987. The South Shore Unit contains 385 acres in Live Oak County and was opened to the public on March 5, 1986.From 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 8000 years ago, nomadic hunters and gatherers associated with the archaic culture camped near the river making tools, building fires, processing, and gathering food. Numerous Archaic sites in the Choke Canyon area have been recorded.There is a campground in the Calliham Area that can accommodate RVs and trailers and has electrical and water hookups at each site. There is a entry fee to the main park and then a per night fee for the campground but no reservations are required.There is a beautiful day use picnic area located within the South Shore Park Area that does not charge a fee and does not require reservations but there is a fee to get in to the main park.There are lots of fishing opportunities in the nearby Choke Canyon Reservoir and species of sports fish include Florida Largemouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, ShareLunker Largemouth Bass, Striped Bass, Coppernose Bluegill, Blue Catfish, Channel Catfish, and White Crappie but be sure to have a proper and valid Texas fishing license before casting in your line.Non-motorized boating is a great way to view wildlife and appreciate the landscape in the area. Motorized boating is permitted, so most non-motorized boats find areas away from high traffic watercraft use. Early mornings are also a good time for non-motorized craft, but be sure to have the proper license needed to operate a boat.Swimming is also allowed and is a great way to cool off on a hot day or the perfect thing to keep the kids busy while you relax in the sun.|
|Facilities: Choke Canyon State Park has vault and flushable toilets, plenty of fresh drinking water, garbage, electrical and water hook-ups at the campground, and even showers.|
Best Time To Visit: Choke Canyon State Park is open year round but the best time to visit would be between the early spring and the late summer.
Fees: Choke Canyon State Park charges an entry fee to the main park and there may be various fees for other places and/or activities.
Accessibility: Choke Canyon State Park is completely handicapped accessible.
Rules: While at Choke Canyon State Park all pets must be on a leash and remember to clean up after yourself.
Directions: To get to Choke Canyon State Park from San Antonio, take I-37 south via the ramp to I-10 south. Take exit 72 to merge onto US-281 south toward 3 Rivers/Allice. Turn right at TX-72 west/west Thornton Street. Continue to follow TX-72 west. Turn right at Park Road.
Map: Click here for a map to Choke Canyon State Park
Reservations: Choke Canyon State Park does not require or accept reservations but some other places or activities in the area might.
|Choke Canyon State Park|
|PO Box 2|
|Calliham, Texas 78007|
|General: (361) 786-3868|