Located in Texas, Choke Canyon State Park is a beautiful place to visit no matter the time of year. The landscape is made up of gently rolling brushland which is crossed with small stream valleys. Today, where the Choke Canyon Dam stands was where the Gulf Shoreline was about 30 million years ago.
The park sits on the shores of the huge Choke Canyon Reservoir, first opening in 1981. It is split into 2 sections. The day use South Shore Unit which is located below the dam and the Calliham Unit, which is on a peninsula that juts out into the lake. It is a haven for birders and fishermen alike, while others book an RV in Live Oak County to simply admire the thick forests and watch the sunset over the water.
Because the state park is so abundant in wildlife and rich nature, it holds regular Ranger Programs for both children and adults. Regular events include talks about the history of the park and area, plant walks, and bird and wildlife track walks. Junior Rangers can pick up an Explorer Pack before they set out into the park at headquarters, and once they have completed the journal, they will receive a badge as a reward.
Choke Canyon State Park offers first-class fishing and birding, drawing in visitors from miles around. The most common fish to catch are largemouth bass and catfish, both of which can be caught from a boat or straight from the shore, with no fishing license necessary. There are boat ramps to help get your boat into the water, and the Calliham section of the park also has a fish cleaning station and rock jetty. Rent a camper near Choke Canyon State Park to be close to all the fishing action.
This state park serves as a stopover for many migrating birds, so at certain points, throughout the year the park is full of people hoping to catch a glimpse of them. Many typically Mexican species of bird are near their northern range here, making it one of the best places to birdwatch in Texas. Both Calliham and South Shore are simply teeming with wildlife in addition to the birds. It is not uncommon to see Rio Grande turkey, raccoons, white-tailed deer, coyote, fox squirrels, and even American Alligators, especially if you are staying at one of the state park RV campgrounds.
Camping at Choke Canyon State Park
RV camping at Choke Canyon State Park comes with a number of amenities, ideal for those looking for a comfortable stay in a well-serviced campground. Some of the facilities campers will find include a dining hall, ideal for those rainy days, a dump station, hot showers, rangers station, a picnic pavilion, and hot showers.
When not out exploring the park, there are basketball courts, tennis courts, a soccer field, softball field, and fishing lake, making the park popular for those with a passion for a range of sport.
Exploring the Area
The nearby town of George West is worth a visit thanks to its interesting past, and much of its history can still be seen today in some of the buildings located around the town. The Live Oak County Courthouse is one of those buildings. The Buck West House is also an interesting piece of architecture, home of George West's nephew, and it is one of the oldest homes in the city. This is a good place to rent a motorhome near Choke Canyon State Park, with other options including the towns of Beeville and Mathis.
Hurricane Alley Waterpark is easily reachable for a day trip and aims to give hours of fun for the entire family. There are three-story, and six-story slides for the more daring, the Gulf Stream, which is a winding lazy river and Captain's Kids Cove is more suited to the little ones to name just a few of the many attractions at the park. The Storm Surge is particularly popular, a huge 12,000 square feet wave pool.
Many people will also combine their trip of camping at Choke Canyon State Park with a trip to the bustling city of San Antonio, which has days and days’ worth of entertainment. A few of the most popular attractions include the San Antonio Museum of Art, the San Antonio Missions Historical Park, the River Walk, botanical gardens, and zoo. If you don't have time for some of the major things to do, take a stroll through the King William Historic District located just south of the city's downtown. Camp in an RV near Choke Canyon State Park to see all this and more.
Choke Canyon State Park, TX is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.
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