Choke Canyon State Park

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Choke Canyon State Park

  • Golden Hour at Choke Canyon
    Enjoy beautiful sunrises, sunsets, and the hours in-between.
  • Family Fishing at Choke Canyon
    Bring the family and try a new sport - fishing!
  • Choke Canyon Deer
    The wildlife is plentiful here - keep your eyes open and camera ready.
  • Choke Campsite at Night
    Set up camp by the lake and enjoy the stars and night sounds.
  • Lake Fishing
    Fish for largemouth bass and catfish from your boat or shore.
  • Choke Birders
    Look for both resident birds and visitors, as migrating birds stop here to rest and refuel for their journey.
  • Choke Canyon Day-use Area
    Visit for the day...and bring a picnic.

South Texas Retreat

Watch the sun rise over the lake while birds sing in the brush. Spend the day casting for your next big fish story. Come see us on the shore of Choke Canyon Res­er­voir, between San Antonio and Corpus Christi.

Things to Do

We offer first class fishing and birding, as well as swimming, camping, geo­caching, hiking and places to play basketball, tennis and soccer. You’ll see lots of wildlife here, too. Visit for the day or stay for the weekend!

Rent one of our group sites for your next gathering. These include picnic pavilions, a gymnasium, group halls  and youth camp.

The park has two units:

  • Calliham is a full-service park, with campsites and other amenities.
  • South Shore is for day use only (6 a.m. – 10 p.m.), with boating, fishing and birding.

Stay safe when you visit the park:

Fishing & Boating

Reel in largemouth bass and catfish from your boat or our shore! You do not need a fishing license to fish from shore in a state park.

Both units have boat ramps. Calliham has fish cleaning shelters and a rock jetty.

Learn more about the 26,000-acre Choke Canyon Reservoir.


Stay overnight at a campsite with water and electricity, walk-in tent site, or cabins. Spon­sored youth groups can rent our group camp.


The park is a stopover for migrating birds. Look for every­thing from water birds to songbirds along the park’s Birding Trail. Learn more on the Birding section of our Nature page.

Get involved!

Support state parks by donating to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation.

Ranger Programs

We offer nature and history programs. Check the Events page for the schedule.

Contact the park for special tours.


Become a Junior Ranger!

  • Borrow an Explorer Pack, loaded with tools for exploring the park.
  • Pick up a free Junior Ranger Activity Journal at head­quar­ters. Complete tasks to earn a badge.

Area Attractions

Explore the James E. Daughtrey Wildlife Management Area. The 5,341-acre recreational area sur­rounds the Choke Canyon Res­er­voir. Check its website for open dates.

Visit the Three Rivers Chamber of Commerce website to learn more about this area.

358 Recreation Rd. 8
Calliham, TX 78007

Latitude: 28.465773

Longitude: -98.354195

(361) 786-3868

Entrance Fees
  • Adult: $5 Daily
  • Child 12 Years and Under: Free

Both units open daily,
6 a.m. – 10 p.m. 


Park headquarters open daily,
8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.


We often reach capacity and highly recommend reservations for both camping and day use. To guarantee entry, reserve passes online or by calling the customer service center before you visit.

Busy Season

Spring, summer and fall 


January average low is 41 degrees. July average high is 95 degrees. Average rainfall is 27.6 inches.


220.5 feet