Choke Canyon State Park in south Texas oil country


It is evident from the number of posts featuring Texas State Parks over the past few months that we have camped at quite a few of them during this winter’s trip through the Lone Star State.

We purchased an Annual Pass ($70) which waives Entry Fees for both of us at all parks, plus four nights at half-price for the second night, when staying two or more nights–quite a savings.

One park that was a surprise sits smack dab in the middle of an active oil production area in the south Texas plains country–Choke Canyon State Park.

Not too far west of I-37 between San Antonio and Corpus Christi, this public park is situated on the 26,000-acre Choke Canyon Reservoir (a water supply for Corpus Christi). It features two separate park units–South Shore and Calliham.

The South Shore Park Unit is a day-use only park (6 a.m.-10 p.m.) and offers boating, fishing, picnicking, wildlife viewing and birding. Entry/Day use: Adult: $5 Daily. Child 12 Years and Under: Free.

ChokeCanyonTX_site_deer_JulianneGCraneThe Calliham Park Unit offers all that South Shore does, but also includes camping. Wildlife, including white-tailed deer, were abundant on the day we visited (click on photo at left).

The park has nature trails that provide great birding opportunities to view a diverse variety of species.  Seasonal guided bird walks are conducted on scheduled days, according to park information.

Choke Canyon State Park
Calliham, TX 78007
Reserve by phone: (512) 389-8900
Latitude: 28.473589
Longitude: -98.34845

Photos: Calliham Park Unit of Choke Canyon State Park. (Julianne G. Crane)

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