by Cameron Clark

Choke Canyon State Park, consisting of two sites South Shore and Calliham, is located on 26,000-acre Choke Canyon Reservoir, a water supply for Corpus Christi. The South Shore Unit is a day-use only park and offers boating, fishing, picnicking, wildlife viewing and birding. The Calliham Unit offers camping, picnicking, boating, hiking, wildlife viewing, birding, fishing, lake beach and softball and volleyball areas. Choke Canyon is a great destination for those interested in boating, fishing, and seeing the nature of South Texas.

Both Calliham and South Shore have a wide variety of wildlife that inhabits dense thickets of mesquite and black bush. Choke Canyon is the site of the westernmost common occurrence of the American alligator. Rio Grande turkey, white-tailed deer, javelina, coyote, opossum, fox squirrel, raccoon and various skunks are among the most common animals.The following fish are in the reservoir: largemouth bass, white bass, striped bass, white crappie, bluegill, longear sunfish, green sunfish, flathead, channel and blue catfish, carp, freshwater drum and gar.

As part of a joint project of the Bureau of Reclamation and the American Birding Association, Choke Canyon Reservoir has been recognized as a place of special importance for birds and birdwatchers. Large numbers and varieties of birds are attracted to the water and to the adjacent upland habitats. Also, many typically Mexican species of birds approach the northern limits of their range here, making this one of Texas’ finest places to watch birds.

( Ex. Green Jay)

The park is immaculate and very well maintained. The staff was nice and extremely helpful. If you want a lake with swimming activities, this park is not for you. If you want a nice relaxing site  with nature and wildlife and limited people this is definitely worth the drive.