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Choke Canyon State Park is comprised of two units, Calliham and South Shore, surrounding 26,000-acre Choke Canyon Reservoir. Camping, hiking, boating, fishing, picnicking, birding, and wildlife observation are popular throughout the 1,100-acre Calliham Unit of the park. Approximately 2.5 miles of hiking trails are available, including a .5 mile Bird Trail.
Choke Canyon Lake Copyright © Justin W. Moore
Numerous developed (RV) campsites, water-only campsites and screened shelters are available. The unit also features two boat ramps, tennis and basketball courts, baseball diamond, gymnasium, group dining hall, playground, and a seasonal swimming pool (open daily from Memorial Day through August.)
Established as a water supply for Corpus Christi, the reservoir is now home to roughly 200 bird species and abundant wildlife, such as white-tail deer, javelina (collared peccary), wild turkey, greater roadrunner, and golden-fronted woodpecker. American alligators are occasionally observed in the Calliham Unit's 90-acre lake, adjacent to the tent camping area.
Explanation of Symbols Campsites/Overnight Facilities 3 star Leashed Pets Permitted? YES Picnic Areas/Playgrounds 4 star Solitude 2 star Trail System 1 star Water Recreation 4 star Wildlife 4 star Ratings are based on a scale of 0 (low) to 4 (high).
Wild Texas NotebookJustin and I made our first visit to Choke Canyon on a typical hot, humid South Texas summer day. We explored both the Calliham and South Shore units, finding the former offered better birding and wildlife viewing opportunities. During our visit, we observed white-tail deer (extremely tame, due to years of being fed by "generous" visitors), wild turkey, golden-fronted woodpecker, red-winged blackbird, and numerous shorebirds. Fishing in the reservoir appeared to be quite good. Fish species include: catfish, carp, freshwater drum, and several species of bass.
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Choke Canyon Camping
The nearest major Texas cities are: Austin, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Del Rio, Laredo, San Antonio
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|Choke Canyon State Park: Calliham Unit - Choke Canyon Reservoir
Calliham, TX 78007
TPWD Park Info: 1-800-792-1112