Choke Canyon State Park in south Texas oil country

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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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