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Choke Canyon State Park

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 facilities for your next gathering. These include picnic pavilions, a gymnasium, dining hall, rec hall 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, though South Shore’s ramp is closed for repairs; it should reopen in early 2018. Calliham has fish cleaning shelters and a rock jetty.

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

Camping

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

Birding

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.

Ranger Programs

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

Contact the park for special tours.

Kids

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.

P. O. Box 2
Calliham, TX 78007

Latitude: 28.465773

Longitude: -98.354195

(361) 786-3868

Make reservations online

Reserve by phone: (512) 389-8900

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

Open daily, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m., except for public hunts.

If you will arrive after 10 p.m., call the park before 5 p.m. to get the gate combination.

Office Hours – Calliham Unit

Sunday through Thursday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Busy Season

Spring, summer and fall

Maps & Publications
Climate

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

Elevation

220.5 feet

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