Choke Canyon

State Park - Texas

Choke Canyon Reservoir is a reservoir in South Texas, United States. The lake and the dam that creates it are owned by the United States Bureau of Reclamation and managed by the City of Corpus Christi. Choke Canyon Reservoir provides drinking water for the city of Corpus Christi. The reservoir also provides good fishing opportunities, especially for largemouth bass and catfish. Choke Canyon State Park, located in two places on the south shore of the lake, provides access to the lake and a number of other recreational activities.

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Choke Canyon SP https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/choke-canyon https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Choke_Canyon_Reservoir Choke Canyon Reservoir is a reservoir in South Texas, United States. The lake and the dam that creates it are owned by the United States Bureau of Reclamation and managed by the City of Corpus Christi. Choke Canyon Reservoir provides drinking water for the city of Corpus Christi. The reservoir also provides good fishing opportunities, especially for largemouth bass and catfish. Choke Canyon State Park, located in two places on the south shore of the lake, provides access to the lake and a number of other recreational activities.
INTERPRETIVE GUIDE Javelina Choke Canyon State Park is a great place to enjoy the natural world around you. Try your luck fishing, take a hike or ride a bike on one of the trails, spend the night at one of our campsites or shelters, or just explore! Any way you choose to experience the park, please enjoy it safely and responsibly! White-tailed Deer WELCOME TO CHOKE CANYON STATE PARK! • Make sure your trash and especially your used fishing line ends up in the proper waste bin. Trash can hurt animals and plants in the park. UNWIND AND RECHARGE • The nature and history of the park are here for everyone to enjoy; please don’t take anything away from future visitors. IN THE BEAUTY THIS • Please drive, bike, and hike only in designated areas so you don’t disturb any wildlife or plants. It’s their home, after all. SPECIAL PLACE OFFERS. • Make sure all of your food is secure inside so it doesn’t tempt the wildlife to investigate! NATURE • Leave feeding to nature. Feeding wild animals will make them sick and more likely to cause harm to people. LIES ALL AROUND YOU IN SIGHTS AND SOUNDS YOU WON’T EXPERIENCE IN THE CITY. WHETHER IT’S ON THE TRAILS OR ON THE NEARBY ATTRACTIONS Choke Canyon State Park – South Shore Unit Lake Corpus Christi State Park, near Mathis, TX Goliad State Park, Goliad, TX Choke Canyon State Park – Calliham Unit 358 Recreation Rd. 8, Calliham, TX 78007 (361) 786-3868 • www.tpwd.texas.gov/chokecanyon WATER, GET OUT AND ENJOY YOUR PARK! © 2019 TPWD. PWD BR P4502-0129F (7/19) In accordance with Texas State Depository Law, this publication is available at the Texas State Publications Clearinghouse and/or Texas Depository Libraries. TPWD receives funds from the USFWS. TPWD prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, and gender, pursuant to state and federal law. To request an accommodation or obtain information in an alternative format, please contact TPWD on a Text Telephone (TTY) at (512) 389-8915 or by Relay Texas at 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2989 or by email at accessibility@tpwd.texas.gov. If you believe you have been discriminated against by TPWD, please contact TPWD, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX 78744, or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office for Diversity and Workforce Management, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041. Texas State Parks is a division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. CHOKE CANYON STATE PARK C H O K E C A N Y O N S T A T E P A R K FOR THE BIRDS! Texas Tortoise A PLACE WILDLIFE CAN CALL HOME Many types of wildlife, including some special to South Texas, call Choke Canyon Reservoir and State Park home. None makes more of an impact on the imagination than the American alligator. Often seen sunning themselves on the shores or patrolling the waters of the reservoir or 75-acre Lake, these prehistoric residents can reach over 14 feet! On the furrier side of things and moving through the honey mesquite, javelinas, also known as collared peccaries, are no less interesting. Look for them foraging along the brush line, often in family units with young in tow. These are not the feral hogs taking over the south, they’re native Texans! American Alligator With its variety of habitats and abundant resources, Choke Canyon is an excellent place for you to see birds of every shape and size. Some call the park home year-round, others just visit Turkey in the winter, and some spend just a few weeks while heading north or south. The bright colors of the green jay and Bullock’s oriole and the melodic songs of the northern cardinal and long-billed thrasher remind you of how beautiful nature can be. Watch the skies for Harris’ hawks hunting in teams, power poles for crested caracaras watching for carrion, the brush line for wild turkeys strutting their stuff and listen at night for the common pauraque’s call. Crested Caracara Harris’ Hawk CREATION OF A LAKE, LOSS OF A TOWN T his area was once a part of Calliham, Texas, a small community boasting the first oil and gas wells in the south Texas area. Investors in oil and gas helped to establish the town from which a 68-mile-long pipeline was built to deliver the first natural gas supply to San Antonio. The industry continues to thrive in the area surrounding the park. As the years progressed, many people moved away from Calliham and the population fell to about 120. Meanwhile, the population of Corpus Christi grew. In order to address water needs, the Bureau of Reclamation built Choke Canyon Dam creating the reservoir in 1982. The town of Calliham was relocated three miles south of its original location to make room for the reservoir. The Choke Canyon Dam under construction, 1982. Photo courtesy U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
Choke Canyon #TxStateParks State Park #BetterOutside /texasparksandwildlife @texasparkswildlife LEGEND PLEASE NOTE • CHECK OUT time is 12 p.m. or renew permit by 9 a.m. (pending site availability). CHECK IN time is 2 p.m. • GRAY WATER AND BLACK WATER MUST BE DISCHARGED ONLY AT DUMP STATIONS. Headquarters • Public consumption or display of any alcoholic beverage is prohibited. • Only one unit per site is permitted to hook up to utilities. Restrooms • A maximum of eight people permitted per campsite. Guests must leave the park by 10 p.m. Quiet time is from 10 p.m. – 6 a.m. • An excess parking fee is required at campsites with more than two vehicles (including trailers). Swim at your own risk. TexasStateParks.org/App @TPWDparks • Campsite must be kept clean; all trash must be picked up before leaving. Dumpsters are conveniently located on all camping loops. • Pets must be kept on leash. Please pick up after them. • Valid permit required on windshield of each vehicle in park. All vehicles must remain on pavement. • Numbered sites are for overnight camping only. NO PICNICKING. NO LIFEGUARD on duty. • Stop the spread of invasive species. CLEAN, DRAIN and DRY your boat. Showers Primitive Tent Sites Water and Electric Sites Dump Station Screened Shelters Sponsored Youth Camp Hiking Trail Picnic Area Picnic Shelter Group Picnic Pavilion Parking Boat Ramp Fish Cleaning Group Hall Scenic Overlook Basketball Court Tennis Court Baseball Field Natural Trails Bird Trails WiFi Residence Maintenance Calliham Unit 358 Recreation Road 8 P.O. Box 2 Calliham, TX 78007 (361) 786-3868 TPWD receives funds from the USFWS. TPWD prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, and gender, pursuant to state and federal law. To request an accommodation or obtain information in an alternative format, please contact TPWD on a Text Telephone (TDD) at (512) 389-8915 or by Relay Texas at 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2989. If you believe you have been discriminated against by TPWD, please contact TPWD or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office for Diversity and Workforce Management, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041. © 2019 TPWD PWD MP P4502-129D (2/19) Texas State Parks is a division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. PARK RESERVATIONS TexasStateParks.org ParquesDeTexas.org (512) 389-8900 Proud Sponsor of Texas State Parks
T E X A S S T A T E P A R K S Choke Canyon S TAT E PA R K SOUTH TEXAS PLAINS Choke Canyon ST A T E PA RK For people who love boating, waterskiing and swimming, Choke Canyon State Park is the place to go. Two units, Calliham and South Shore (day use only), lie on the shores of Choke Canyon Lake, a massive 26,000-acre reservoir. In addition to water activities, the park also offers excellent birding and other wildlife watching. Camping: Campsites with water and electricity. Also walk-in camping area. Group Facilities: Group picnic pavilion (capacity 50). Sponsored youth group area: recreation hall with kitchen; gymnasium with dining hall. Picnicking: Picnic sites with fire rings. Swimming: In Choke Canyon Reservoir. Boating: Boat ramp. Fishing: Largemouth bass, white bass, bluegill, white crappie, striped bass and channel catfish. A stocked 75-acre lake provides fishing (Calliham Unit). Special Features: Calliham Unit has tennis and basketball courts, a baseball diamond, and an auditorium with kitchen. 37 99 Calliham Unit Choke Canyon SP 72 South Shore Unit Choke Canyon SP 281 P8 Three Rivers Calliham Calliham Unit - Located in McMullen County, west of Three Rivers on Texas 72. South Shore Unit - Located in Live Oak County, west of Three Rivers on Texas 72. www.tpwd.state.tx.us/parks Rates and reservations, call (512) 389-8900. For information only, call (800) 792-1112. Choke Canyon State Park Calliham Unit, P.O. Box 2, Calliham, Texas 78007 (361) 786-3868 In accordance with Texas State Depository Law, this publication is available at the Texas State � Publications Clearinghouse and/or Texas Depository Libraries. � © 2008 TPWD PWD CD P4502-0129C (8/08) Printed on recycled paper. �
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Guía de Parques INSTALACIONES Descarga la Aplicacíon Móvil MAPAS ACTIVIDADES texasstateparks.org/app ¡Los niños entran gratis! La entrada es gratis para los niños de 12 años y menores. Encuentra un parque: parquesdetexas.org Contenido Estero Llano Grande SP 2 4 6 8 9 10 18 Actividades y Programas Parques Cercanos Lugares para Quedarse Tarifas y Pases Directorio Mapa de Parques Instalaciones y Actividades BIENVENIDO Rodney Franklin, Director de Parques Texas tiene algunas de las tierras públicas más diversas del país, con una gran riqueza natural y cultural. La vida silvestre está por todas partes, los paisajes florecen con belleza, y la historia es abundante. Sus parques estatales son parte del legado que nos enorgullece. La gente de Texas ayuda a asegurar ese legado para las generaciones futuras al visitar y ser voluntarios. ¡Gracias! Estos más de 630,000 acres exhiben algunos de los grandes tesoros del estado. Los parques nos ayudan a crear recuerdos con la familia y a encontrar consuelo en la naturaleza. Los parques fortalecen las economías locales y unen a las comunidades. Sobre todo, los parques nos permiten pasar tiempo al aire libre para recargar energías, estar saludables y relajarnos a nuestra manera. Les invito a disfrutar de sus parques estatales, explorando lo mejor de Texas con amigos y familia. Los parques están aquí para todos. Nos pertenecen a todos. ¡Visítelos, diviértase y ayude a protegerlos para siempre! Foto de portada: Estero Llano State Park, Chase Fountain © 2021 TPWD PWD BK P4000-000A (5/21) TPWD recibe fondos del Servicio de Pesca y Vida Silvestre de EE.UU. (USFWS por sus siglas en ingles). TPWD prohíbe la discriminación por raza, color, religión, nacionalidad de origen, discapacidad, edad y género, conforme la ley estatal y federal. Para solicitar un acomodo especial u obtener información en un formato alternativo, por favor contacte a TPWD en un Teléfono de Texto (TTY) al (512) 3898915 ó por medio de “Relay Texas” al 7-1-1 ó (800) 735-2989 ó por email a accessibility@tpwd.texas.gov. Si usted cree que TPWD ha discriminado en su contra, favor de comunicarse con TPWD, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX 78744, o con el Servicio de Pesca y Vida Silvestre de EE.UU., Office for Diversity and Workforce Management, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041. De acuerdo con la Ley de Depósito del Estado de Texas, esta publicación está disponible en el centro de Distribución de Publicaciones del Estado de Texas y/o las Bibliotecas de Depósito de Texas. ACTIVIDADES Y PROGRAMAS ¿Qué puedo hacer en los parques estatales? ¡Disfruta de un día de campo, visita un sitio histórico o elige entre muchas otras opciones! Bicicletas Pedalea a lo largo de los parques a cualquier velocidad, en cualquier estilo, con cualquier grupo. Elige las rutas, el tipo de terreno y las distancias que cumplan con tu zona de confort. Caminatas Empieza con un circuito más corto, avanza a terrenos más difíciles o únete a una caminata guiada. Pescar Puedes pescar sin licencia en tantos como 70 parques estatales. Muchos parques ofrecen equipo para pescar a manera de préstamo y eventos especiales para aprender a pescar. Barcos Renta canoas y kayacs y explora uno de los senderos acuáticos en Texas. Nadar Animales Silvestres Acampar Descubre aves, mamíferos y plantas que tienen su hogar en Texas. Muchos parques tienen señalamientos y listados que te ayudan a aprender más. Encuentra un lugar que cumpla con lo que quieres. Prueba nuevas recetas, comparte historias favoritas y disfruta de las estrellas. 2 Más información y reservaciones: parquesdetexas.org Escape del calor en arroyos, ríos, lagos, manantiales, piletas y playas del mar. Tu seguridad en el agua es muy importante. Lleva el chaleco salvavidas. Aprende a nadar. Guarda a los niños. (512) 389-8900 ¡Pregunta en tu parque cuáles están disponibles! Los niños de 12 años y menores entran GRATIS Cielos Estrellados Escapa de las luces de la ciudad y goza de maravillosas vistas del cielo que no encontrarás en ninguna otra parte. Ven a una fiesta de estrellas o toma una excursión de constelaciones auto-guiada. Familias en la Naturaleza Elige un taller o diseña tu propia aventura. ¡Monta una tienda de campaña, cocina al exterior, prende una fogata y juega al exterior! Nosotros te Toma una publicación gratuita de actividades o pregunta por los paquetes gratuitos con los parques proporcionamos todo el equipo. No es necesario tener experiencia. participantes. Usa los binoculares, lupas, libros de bosquejos y libros de guías para explorar el parque. Mochilas para Exploradores Soldados Búfalo de Texas Descubre la historia con cuentos, vestuarios y herramientas. Sigue la pista de un animal, pesca con caña, cocina sobre una fogata, visita los fuertes y más. Adéntrate en las historias de vida de aquellos que sirvieron valientemente en los primeros regimientos Áfrico-Americanos de las Fuerzas Armadas. ! Seguridad en el Parque Ten cuidado con el agua Pr

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