There are many great things about Choke Canyon State Park, but one of the best things is the exceptional fishing opportunities. The park is located on the Choke Canyon Reservoir, which is known for its excellent fishing for largemouth bass, catfish, crappie, and sunfish. A high school,fishing tournament was taking place during our visit and you should have seem the mess and size of fish 🐠 these boys caught.
The reservoir is stocked regularly with fish, and the park has several fishing piers, boat ramps, and fish cleaning stations. Anglers can also rent boats and fishing equipment at the park, making it easy to enjoy a day out on the water.
In addition to fishing, Choke Canyon State Park also offers other outdoor recreational opportunities, including hiking, wildlife viewing, camping, and boating. The park is also home to diverse wildlife, including white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, Javelinas, and various bird species.
We viewed our first Javelinas which was cool for us.😁
The Calliham campground has 86 campsites, which include 40 sites with water and electric hookups, 24 sites with water only, and 22 sites with no hookups. There are also two group camping areas that can accommodate up to 20 people each. On weekends the park becomes very full and we found ourselves having to bring toilet paper 🧻 as bathrooms ran out. UnexcusAble!
The South Shore campground offers primitive camping with 86 sites, which are located closer to the lake. These sites do not have water or electric hookups, but the campground does have restrooms and showers available for use.
It’s always a good idea to make a reservation in advance, especially during peak season or holidays, to ensure availability of a campsite at Choke Canyon State Park.This park gets very busy on weekends.
First Javelina sighting
Warning this can be gross 🤮.
When we awoke our first morning our campsite was full of Javalina poo. We were upset;however, before we finished our morning coffee the dung beatles had our site clean. They are truly #1 in the #2 business😆
We enjoyed the hiking trails at this park.
- Frio Grande Trail: This is an easy 1.5-mile trail that runs along the Frio Grande River. The trail is mostly flat and is perfect for beginners or families with children. It is a great spot for bird watching and wildlife viewing.
- Calliham Trail: This is a moderate 4.6-mile trail that takes you through a variety of terrains, including wooded areas, prairies, and rocky hillsides. The trail provides stunning views of the park’s landscape and wildlife.
- Mesa de Oro Trail: This is a challenging 6-mile trail that takes you to the top of the park’s highest peak, Mesa de Oro. The trail is steep and rocky, and requires a good level of physical fitness. However, the views from the top are absolutely breathtaking.
- South Shore Trail: This is an easy 1.6-mile trail that runs along the shoreline of Choke Canyon Reservoir. The trail provides stunning views of the lake and is a great spot for bird watching.
- Brushy Creek Trail: This is a moderate 3.5-mile trail that takes you through wooded areas and past several small creeks. The trail is a great spot for wildlife viewing and bird watching. We hiked this trail hoping to run into some Javalinas but no luck.
Corks are for quitters.🤣
Money Saving Tip
If you are visiting a Texas State Park and camping more than 5 days within a year buy the annual state pass. Texas charges a per person fee of up to $8 for everyone in the car ever day one ☝️ visits. We took advantage of the pass and saved hundreds of dollars. Other discounts allow your second night camping half off 😮
- Unlimited Entry: With a Texas State Park Pass, you have unlimited entry to more than 90 state parks and historic sites in Texas. This means you can visit your favorite parks as often as you want without having to pay the daily entrance fee each time. These fees can add up quickly.
- Savings: A Texas State Park Pass can save you money if you plan on visiting multiple state parks throughout the year. The pass pays for itself after just a few visits, and you can save even more if you take advantage of discounts on camping and other park amenities.
- Convenience: With a Texas State Park Pass, you don’t have to worry about carrying cash or credit cards to pay the daily entrance fee. You can simply present your pass at the entrance station and be on your way to enjoying the park.
- Supporting State Parks: By purchasing a Texas State Park Pass, you are supporting the preservation and maintenance of Texas State Parks. The funds from the pass go directly to park improvements, trail maintenance, and conservation efforts.
- Discounts: In addition to unlimited entry to state parks, a Texas State Park Pass also provides discounts on camping, equipment rentals, and other park amenities. Pass holders can also receive discounts at some local businesses.
- Access to Special Events: Texas State Park Pass holders can enjoy special events and programs offered exclusively to pass holders, such as guided hikes and birdwatching tours.
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I’m sorry, did I roll my eyes 👀 out loud! 😂
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Money saving tip: Buy the annual national parks pass. The National Park Pass will also allow access to all the national monuments. If you plan on being in any of the National Parks more than three times within a year then you will save money. The pass will sometimes allow discounts to camping in the National Forest 🌳. There’s also discounts for seniors which can be applied against camping through out America. Other discounts apply so please read the eligibility which can save you more money. We estimate we saved over $600 in park fees. “I googled my symptoms… turned out I just need to go camping”
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Our thoughts 💭 Choke Canyon State Park
If you’re planning on camping at Choke Canyon State Park, be sure to bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and insect repellent, as the area can get quite hot and humid during the summer months. Additionally, it’s a good idea to bring along some binoculars or a camera, as there are many different species of birds and other wildlife to observe in the park.
Overall, Choke Canyon State Park is a great place to spend a few days camping and exploring the natural beauty of southern Texas. Whether you’re an experienced camper or just looking to try it out for the first time, you’re sure to have a memorable experience in this stunning park.
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