This is a great park for an overnight stay, close to IH 37, but not a lot of highway noise. Some construction and pipeline folks stay here, but the spaces are large and well spaced (although they are gravel). The park has well water, and they tell me it does not taste too good, but we did not use it. They did provide a gallon of water at check in for coffee and drinking, a nice touch. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Pretty basic park, but multiple showers and toilets. They were clean and modern. No paper towels or soap in the toilet/shower units. Community room was very inviting. Free coffee. Only gets a low rating because no WIFI. Must go to commons to get WIFI. Did not use the pool. Level sites. Best cable TV transmission that we've had. Water not an issue for us, but thought it was a nice touch that they gave us a gallon of water to use. I'm sure their well water is fine; it just tastes like well water. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We found this park not to be what we had thought, when we paid for a week's stay. There are several long term winter residents and pipeline workers. The winter residents were very friendly and we were invited to all the events and morning gatherings. The park is gravel road and gravel sites. The sites can be soft and uneven. The space between the sites are very good. When we checked in, they told us that the water was well water and was not harmful, but had a taste. So we were provided with free bottled water for drinking. This was not mentioned when we called for a reservation. The water turned out to be very salty tasting. The real problem turned out to be washing clothes. They treat the water with bleach at various times and if you a are washing at those times it will ruin your colored clothes. We had several items damaged. There was no written or verbal mention made that this could be a problem. When the owner we approached about this, he chose to ignore it and walked away from the discussion. A simple sign and effort to let people know when the water is being treated would avoid the issue. We did find out from others that this was a known problem. The fact that the water needed to be treated is not an issue. It is the fact that the owners did not make any attempt to communicate the problem. We will not return to this park. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
It is a very nice park with really great staff. The pool is clean and nice, but not real big. I've never seen it real busy though. It is close to freeway with very easy access but you don't hear any freeway noise. Laundry room is spotless and bathrooms are residential style. I have stayed in just about all the Corpus Christi parks and I prefer this one. Is only about 30 miles to Corpus. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Easy big rig in and out for overnighters. Level sites with minimal landscaping. Maximum RV Repair owns the campground, making it very convenient for getting repairs done. They do excellent work and the rates were not excessive. We will stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Note the price has changed to $30 per night, but if one comments on how much it went up, they give a Good Sam discount. So, we actually paid $27. Folks are very nice. Check in procedure is way more complicated than necessary and the amount of paper they give you is excessive. There are 2 pages of rules, but presumably that's what keeps it nice. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Pros: Fairly new park. Maintained gravel roads. Clean facilities. Monthly calendar full of activities. The cable includes HBO, Showtime, and several other channels to choose from. Nice people. Monthly rate is 250 plus electric. Located right off of I-37. Only about 40 minutes from Corpus Christi and 45 minutes to Choke Canyon Lake. Lake Corpus Christi and state park is about 10 minutes away. Nice park and beach. Cons: The internet is hit or miss so it is better to bring your own. AT&T and Verizon work well here. The water is not drinkable due to a high salt content. However, they give you drinking water on a daily basis. Also be forewarned that due to the water issues, sometimes it can ruin your clothes when doing laundry. Specifically, the clothes react like they have been bleached. All in all, we would stay again. It is one of the most active and nicest parks we have ever stayed in and with all the pros they still have plans to improve it further! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
I need to reiterate an earlier review. Although the staff is friendly, this is NOT the place to stay if you want a good night's sleep! Start with loud diesels coming in and out of the park until after 11 PM. Follow that up with a 4:30 AM train that sounds like it is coming straight at you. Should you be able to fall back asleep, you will be awoken at about 5:30 with more diesel pick ups running up and down the road as apparently these people are leaving for work. The one next to us "warmed his truck up" for about 30 minutes before pulling out. We will definitely not be back! We camped here in a Motorhome.
Our truck broke down again and we sat on the side of the freeway for 2 hours. Eventually, we found a KOA nearby and asked if they could help. The husband of the work camper couple came out, hooked up our trailer, and towed us to a beautiful site overlooking the wildlife reserve and pool area. We ended up staying 2 nights while figuring out what to do with our truck. We felt welcomed right away. Yes, there are a lot of permanent residents there, but the park was clean and inviting. There are several wild birds, including peacocks, walking around and they will even stop to pose for a picture. I am so grateful for all the help and hospitality we received from this KOA. We will stay here again when traveling through this part of TX. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The staff was wonderful. They led us to our site. The office is open until 8pm. We were in sun until evening, as shade tree was behind us. We did not care for Mesquite beans falling on top of trailer, but other than that, it was a very nice park. The Wifi worked well. We loved the resident peacocks parading around the grounds. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Where to begin? Dirt roads with big holes, train tracks 15 yards from campsites, many pipeline workers and permanent residents in trashy sites, dog waste not picked up, the laundry room stunk because washers drain back up into empty washers. I had to rewash my clothes twice in order to get the stench out of them. The closest grocery store is 12 miles away, the closest Wal-Mart is 22 miles away, Corpus Christi is 35 miles away The staff was friendly but we would never stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We spent 3 nights here and would not go back again. We were given a site that was totally inappropriate for our 38 ft 5th wheel and told that nothing else was available. The trees interfered with the slides, the site was not level and it took us over an hour in the pitch dark to get settled in. The owner apologized to us the following morning and said we never should have been put there (duh!) as there were lots of big rig spaces in another area of the park. The park seems to be filled with long-term residents and while we were unhitching there was a loud, foul-mouthed, verbal dispute happening in the site next to us. The trains make a heck of a noise, the park is not well-maintained, and we were surprised that it is part of the KOA program. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We chose a nice long pull through with full shade on the west side. Nice quiet park this time of year. Park is on large lake and has a fishing pier with room for some small boats. Water has a strong sulfer odor. Pool water was extremely warm, not unusual this time of year but all the same was not refreshing. Could be a little cleaner. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I have been here over two weeks and I have yet to find a dirty bathroom or shower and I have used them all. I don't understand why you folks call this place a dump. Yes, It is very rustic with lots of trees. The roads do need some work but they are not bad enough to cause equipment damage. I did not find any "Rotting Trailers" or a "Green Pool" The pool is nice and clear. The drinking water does not stink. The closest RV spot is better than 100 yards form the RR tracks not "100'" but yes the Train is loud. The Train comes thru once in the middle of the night (so far) and twice during the day. The owner and staff have been most helpful. This place is for people who like the rustic outdoors of South Texas. If that's not your cup of tea then stay away. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The roads could be improved upon, but overall this is a nice campground. Friendly people, clean park and nice amenities. I've been coming to this park for fifteen years now and am never disappointed in my stay. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
[ 10 / 10 ]
My husband and our children have been camping many different ways at the Mathis KOA over a ten year span, and we love it. The restrooms are so clean here they are tempting to sleep in on a cold night. We are pretty sure there is a secret bathroom fairy because they are always clean no matter if there are one or fifty campers. The roads are just fine if you are real campers and love rolling hills with wildlife to see. The peacocks still entertain our children who are now sixteen and thirteen, and yes they still collect feathers. The people that own this park make it hard to leave: they are so family-like and fun to talk to it makes it hard to pull out and make that drive home. Usually the ride home the conversation always goes to those darn good pancakes they serve and why I cannot make them like that! We love the pool because it is a clean, safe area for us and the kids now and when they were young. Just wanted to get the truth out even though we are not totally hip on sharing our paradise with the world. As young campers we know good family places are hard to come by and we want to make it easy on others when trying to keep good old fashion camping family time alive! We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
[ 1 / 10 ]
I'm not sure who should be more ashamed of this campground the owners or Corporate KOA. Where do I start?: horrible roads, very outdated electric hookups; in fact the first site I was given had services on the wrong side; at the second site when I opened the electric box to plug my motorhome in I discovered no outlet at all, just open exposed live wires. How could this happen and how do they get a presidents award for '08? These are the questions I want to know answers for. Bathrooms, office, and game room were quite disgusting, including roaches. I cut my stay very short. This campground in one to just pass on your travels. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a very poorly kept camp ground, I would never go back to it, I'd rather camp in a wal-mart parking lot. Its 10 miles to a store that offers anything. The roads are in bad shape. It's name is missleading, yes it sets on Lake Corpus Christi how ever it is a 50 mile one way trip to Corpus Christi. I found the staff to be very unfriendly. There is a very nice state park on around the bend from this one, that still puts you in the same area and about the same driving distance, but better kept, nice staff, good facilities, and will stay there next time I travel threw that area. They have a sign on the front window that says they offer wifi, however it only runs at a min., and makes net service hard to retrieve. I had to give it a rating of one only because this site wont allow zero's. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This park is so old the electrics, sewer and water hookups are in constant 'breakdown' mode. It appears the owners have bluffed the KOA standards team. Their internal roads badly need grading and the owners do not set an example on the speed limit, throwing dust through everyones RVs.The worst KOA we have ever stayed in. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This campground is for those who want to see nature outside their rigs. It is unique with it's rural outdoor atmosphere. The people here all seem to be "country friendly". It's not for everyone, but for those who keep coming back, it's a real home type atmosphere. We'll keep coming back! We came for a month and stayed for 3 1/2 months. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Sites are not marked very well, roads are in need of repair, sites are not level. The park is in need of repair and clean up, a lot of the sites appear to have abandoned trailers and campers with a lot of junk on sites. Was not able to get to the lake due to the roads in bad repair. Would not recommend this park to any one. It is questionable as to why KOA would even have it listed with the shape that it is in at this time. We have stayed in numerous KOA parks and this is the worst. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park has great potential but needs some attention. There is great disparity between one section of the park to another. We were first taken to the D section where the sites were so bad you couldn't even drive through the dip to get out of the pull throughs. We finally ended up in A which was adequate. However, the restrooms were so dirty that I wouldn't use them and there was trash on the ground. This is absolutely the worst KOA I've every stayed in. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park is over 20 years old and really needs some work. There are too many trees in the drives that makes it hard for a "big rig" to get to the site without hitting them. The 30 amp service consists of "old ceramic fuses". If you're lucky you might get 22.5 amps from 30 amps. This park is quite a way off the interstate and it doesn't even make it a nice place to spend the night. I would never go back there again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Just off I-37 and about 45 minute drive north of CC. Park appears to be older. Non-paved sites. The only negative is sites are very close to each other. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Lots of Peacocks roaming about-outdoor pool-very large playground area-family friendly-lake access. Active train tracks only a couple of hundred yards away. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The sites here are a little close but we did meet friendly neighbors. There was a lot of trash in the brush behind our campsite. The cardinals, green jays, and squirrels were entertaining. There are no bike trails in the park but plenty of paved roads to ride on. They are in the planning stage for bike and nature trails. Lake Corpus Christi is down about 26 feet according to the locals. Mathis is close by and has an HEB grocery. We had lunch at Smolink's BBQ and thought it was very good. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Good experiences. We had an awesome spot; however, due to no rain in Texas, there was no water to enjoy. We had plenty of room outside and enjoyed the full hookup. There was an HEB nearby to shop, but unfortunately not a lot else to do, but it was very relaxing and just hung out. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
All RV sites are pull-through, no internet, showers in the full hook-up loop but no showers in the E/W loop, 1 dump station, tent camping. Sites are not necessarily level even though they all have concrete slabs. All sites have a picnic table (most covered) and ground level BBQ/fire pit combo. Interior roads are paved and in excellent condition. $16/N for E/W, $20/N for E/W/S, plus $4/day/person park access fee. As the campground surrounds a lake, fishing (no license), biking, swimming and canoe/kayaking (no rentals) are possible. In the village of Mathis (5 miles) there is a small HEB grocery store as well as gas stations that sell diesel; Corpus Christi is a 45 min drive. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Full Hook-up sites are limited in number when all are available to campers but unfortunately 4 of the sites are occupied by Park Hosts. These sites are all pull throughs which the majority of RVs (40 feet or less) can get into without difficulty. There are miles of paved roads that you can ride your bike on which I really enjoyed. There are many access points to the lake which has dropped significantly due to the drought. The park is close to Mathis where you can buy the essentials. Corpus Christi is about 30 minutes drive away. Be aware that there is a $4 per person per day fee on top of the camping fee; we are TX State Park Pass holders so this fee did not apply. We would camp here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Beautiful park. Great for biking and all water sports. Able to have a campfire. About 45 minutes to Corpus Christi which was a drive. Price is $20 to camp, but have to pay additional $8 a day for 2 people. Usually park entrance fees are for 3 to 10 days. So even though it was full hookup, was surprised at the extra cost. Not too much in the immediate area. Would return to park if staying put. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This campground is very nice, the setting is beautiful by the lake, and the pull-thru sites are long and spacious. As someone else mentioned, the sand spurs are a real problem - we had a big open field right behind our site, but our dogs couldn't go anywhere near it without getting their feet covered in sand spurs. My only other issue with this campground is that you are not only charged for the campsite, but also the entrance fees for the park for each camper for each day you are there - I've never heard of this in a state park before. We'd probably still stay there again when in the area. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We only stayed one night and had a water and electric, pull through site near the lake. It was a bit on the small side. More restrooms are needed for the campground. It was off season, but nice area. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Just a warning to anybody with a large dog. This park is covered in sand spurs and we ended up having to re-hitch and move on as there was nowhere we could walk the dog. She took four steps and we then spent 30 minutes pulling the thorns out of her paws. We were sad as the park and lake looked absolutely beautiful and not at all crowded, but there was no way the dog could even walk from the rig to the road (about 15 feet) so we left. I'm rating it as if we had stayed without a dog but just thought dog-owners should be aware. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Rate reflects Texas State Park Pass ($60).Good deal if staying at a State Park more than 6X a year. Park is clean and quite nice. Good Verizon signals and great for walking or biking. It's everything they advertise as most Texas Parks are. Plus free fishing, no license required, at any Texas State Park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice state park with access to Lake Corpus Christi. Staff was very friendly and helpful The park was not very busy during the week but by Saturday when we left the campsites were full and day sites were filling up. Definitely a popular place with good reason. Enjoyed our visit. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We stayed here for 3 nights, and we felt like we were "camping" or on vacation during our Winter Escape from WI. Some of the sites were not so well developed. The site we chose was not built for a 5th-wheel. As we drove into it the pitch of the cement slab was great enough that the overshot of the 5th wheel touched the pick-up box. (No damage, just a little paint exchange.) There was adequate space around the sites that you didn't feel like people were "stacked" on top of each other. We don't have a TX Park sticker, so we had to pay $4 per day/per vehicle. That was our choice but it still makes it expensive to stay. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We stayed here for 4 days and enjoyed the park very much. The sites are pretty basic and some are hard to pull into especially if you have a larger rig. My advice would be to pay the park entrance fee and drive around and pick out an empty site that you like then go back and tell them which one you want. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Beautiful area with large campsites and lots of room between campers. Very peaceful setting with lots of room for walking and bicycle riding. We spent 2 nights here on our way home from Coastal Bend area. Would definitely return and would stay longer. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The sites are terribly small; most are too short, and some are even too narrow for comfort when entering/leaving. We have a travel trailer, and fifth-wheels had an advantage: they could turn sharper, so the length of the cresent-shaped pull-through sites was not as problematic for them. With one exception, the staff was pleasant and helpful, and the location is very pretty, with an abundance of wildlife. The $18 rate is misleading: there is a $4 per day, per person "entry fee," which is levied even if you do not leave/re-enter during a given day. For the money,next time we'll stay at the exceptional KOA on the other side of the lake! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
[ 7 / 10 ]
For a state park, this facility is not at the top of our list. We have visited Garner SP and Inks Lake SP recently, and would rate those parks much higher on our list. The main concern is with limited facilities. Very limited showers, and the cleanliness of the restrooms is questionable. This is mainly due to the fact that the campground is very close to the daily public use areas for this SP, so the restrooms get a ton of traffic. Nice lake for fishing and boating. If they improve the bathrooms, we may head back. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Excellent RV park - tons of wildlife throughout and pull-through sites were convenient, staff was extremely outgoing and friendly. All full hook-up sites were very nice and most had covered picnic tables and grills. Lake was a bit chilly but swimming area would be nice once it warms up. 30-45 minute drive to Corpus - about an hour or so to Port Aransas. Would definitely visit again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This state park is large and sits on a 12 mile long lake. Sites are small in size and 40' units may not work well on all sites. Best sites are on lake and have no hook ups. Lot of fishing people here. It would be best to look at your site if possible before you pick one. Very quite here. Number of sites have low trees over parking pads and can be a problem. Fire ants are a big problem on some sites. We camped here in a Motorhome.
[ 6 / 10 ]
This park was peaceful, not crowded. Good location from Corpus Christi. Staff was friendly. Concrete slab, pull-through sites made the camper easy to park. The lake was close-by and fun for swimming. However, the entire area is covered in sandburrs. This made doing anything fun with the kids outside impossible. A pet would surely be miserable! It put a huge damper on our weekend. I doubt we will go back to this park for this reason. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
[ 9 / 10 ]
Big sites. Big fishing lake. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Rate is daily rate for 50 amp FHU pull thru site with PA discount. Roads and pads are dirt with small amount of gravel, though the road and parking area in front of the laundromat which is in the center of the park is paved. No shade. Site was long enough that we didn't need to unhook the toad. This is one of those parks that when you drive up you think, do we really want to stay here. And while it is rundown, it still makes for a convenient, inexpensive overnight stop with reliable hookups if that's all you're looking for. But if the rundown look turns you off, it's definitely not for you. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a Passport America Park . The man in office is friendly, however, the park is filthy. There is trash every where - not bags of it, but soda cans smashed into the dirt as well as all manner of candy wrappers, gum, etc. There is still the laundromat in the center of the RV park, and it is open 24/7 and very busy. However, to us that was a lot less distracting than the bugs and dirt. There were black beetle looking bugs that were 2 inches long running everywhere - yuck! There is a pool, but it was closed for the winter - but when I looked at it it was green and tons of bugs were floating on it as well as leaves and twigs. We would not stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice people in the office. Old park with grassy/dirt sites. Power was adequate for AC. There were thunderstorms the night we were there so the laundromat traffic didn't bother us, but someone was in there most of the evening, usually families. They weren't noisy or bothersome though. Lots of low spots in the road became puddles overnight and made for a slow exit the next morning. We would use it again for an overnight. Rate was as Passport America members We camped here in a Motorhome.
Passport America park, very small with very friendly people running the park, however the park has a public laundry mat right in the center of it. It was very noisy all hours of the day and night. Dirt roads left everything very dusty with extra charges for electric, regular rate is $20 or $10 for site then you must add $1 for 30 amp or $2 for 50 amp service. Much of the park is full time campers but for just a one night stop if you can deal with the traffic to the laundry it will work. The town is pretty well dead with just a couple of fast food restaurants still open. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is a family owned RV park located at the entrance of the Lake Corpus Christi State Park. It is a small and very neatly maintained park with full hookups. We stayed a relaxing 2 weeks here. The Nueces River runs along the back of the park. The office and park store services the area and the State Park by providing fishing supplies and some groceries. They only rent pads for 1 week or longer stays at $75.00 a week plus electricity or $180.00 a month plus electricity. We had very good Verizon cell phone and internet signal. Direct TV had a good signal and also regular TV stations of NBC, CBS, CW and ION channels. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is a little piece of heaven that has been secretly kept quiet, just like its serene peaceful surroundings. Everyone treats you like family. We will definitely come back again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very well run park with mix of full time, snow birds, and short timers. Owners work hard to keep everyone happy, and it works. Lot's of places to walk. Good area for birding and biking. State park near by -- easy bike ride. Try Smokek's BBQ in Mathis -- it is great. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Management depends on "volunteer" labor to do a lot, but most of it gets done. Needs gravel on many sites. A lot of trimming getting done from storms. Nice size pads on most sites and three lakes nearby. Good location and hall is very active with something for most. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
If you're a birder this is a fabulous place to stay. There are mature hackberry trees here, as well as a variety of other trees loved by birds. While here, we saw a Ringed Kingfisher on the lake as well as a fabulous variety of migrants and regulars. Winter Texans obviously take pride in maintaining their sites, although we stayed here after most had departed. Also some very nicely maintained long-term RVs and a few park models here. Should you have an oops as we did while turning into our site, you can be assured friendly and expert help will arrive quickly and your day will not be ruined. We will definitely return and will stay longer. Also has a very nice clubhouse. Restrooms were spotless with lotion and other homey touches. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
It appears the owner is making an effort to improve the park. More trees are trimmed, more "park models" looking cleaner. The shower building needs remodeled. Lots of rust/rot/mildew present. The roads are all gravel and rough and when it rains turn in to mud with water taking a lot with it while draining. We camped during a rainy time, but think there are ways to improve the drainage and roads. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is a great place for people helping people. While a limited amount is done by the owner, people are taking pride in the way the park looks and helping others. Frequently, a volunteer can help with maintenance issues of the grounds and of your unit. That is a big plus! Watch out, DirecTV satellite access may be blocked by trees so bring plenty of cable and hope the satellite will service you. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.