Choke Canyon State Park (Calliham Unit)

     


Three Rivers, Texas
Phone: (361) 786-3868

Sites: 75
Recent Rate: $22 4/2015


Latitude: 28.4867416092603
Longitude: -98.3466267585754

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites
  • Big Rig Access
  • Tent Camping
  • Restrooms (Plumbed)
  • Pit Toilets
  • Showers
  • $0.00 Shower Fee
  • Laundry Facilities
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee
  • Dump Station
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee
  • Propane Available
  • Firewood Available
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts
  • Water Spigot
  • Picnic Shelter
  • RV Wash
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee
  • Corral
  • Landing Strip
  • Overflow Parking
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP)
  • Electric (50 AMP)
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • WiFi
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee
  • Cellular Phone Service
  • Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup
  • Phone
  • Central Modem
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.)
  • Pool Access
  • Family Friendly
  • Playground
  • Pet Area
  • Waterfront
  • Clubhouse
  • Camp Store
  • Cafe / Snack Bar
  • Business Center
  • Group Camping
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Group Kitchen
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Concierge Services
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s)
  • Recreation Room
  • Gym/Workout Facilities
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Marina
  • Boat Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Bike Path(s)
  • Bike Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Spa
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Volley Ball
  • Sports Field
  • Arcade Games
  • Live Entertainment
  • Amphitheatre
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf
  • Billiards
  • Ping Pong
  • Lake
  • Pond
  • River
  • Creek
  • Ocean
  • Water Park
  • Casino

Review Details

Ratings overview

24 Reviews

These reviews are the opinion of an RVParkReviews’ member and not the views of RVParkReviews.com

retiredfields

Review Count: 68
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

As others have said, it is a nice clean park. However, it is bug city. When the wind stops blowing, the rig is covered in green grass bugs and flies. I went for a short walk, in the evening, and was eaten alive. Also, the roads to the park are major truck routes for the oil haulers. Non stop trucks on Easter Sunday, and the roads are left muddy. I would not return for those reasons. We camped at Choke Canyon State Park (Calliham Unit) in a Fifth Wheel.

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Clean Restrooms

Clean Showers

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buffalogal

Review Count: 21
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $22.00
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We really liked this campground. Quiet, clean and scenery was beautiful. There is nothing to lure you away from the beauty of the park. Great for bicycles. Stock up on groceries. Closest store is 15 miles. It is not a Walmart. In addition to the camping fee there was a $5 per day state park fee per person unless you bought the family park pass for $70. We camped at Choke Canyon State Park (Calliham Unit) in a Fifth Wheel.

Tips for other Campers:

There is very little choice in shopping. This area is very rural. There is a great deal of pipeline construction in this area and the roads show the wear and tear.

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Clean Restrooms

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rvrrat520

Review Count: 36
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice, spacious gravel sites with covered patio/bbq/picnic tables and a distant view of the lake. Grounds well kept and the grass was mostly grass! Staff was friendly and accomodating. Rate was with the State Parks pass. We would stay here again. We camped at Choke Canyon State Park (Calliham Unit) in a Motorhome.

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starwind

Review Count: 39
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: - $22.00
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The best sites we have found in a Texas State Park; wide, level, paved back-ins, with enough room to park the towed by the side of the RV. Good utility hoop-ups, but no sewer which is typical for a state park. Lake is down substantially but still good views. We had a steady 2 bars of Verizon 4g. Not spotty as reported by older reviews, probably due to new cell towers in the area. We would stay again. We camped at Choke Canyon State Park (Calliham Unit) in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms

Clean Showers

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mfcros

Review Count: 31
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $22.00
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Nice park with large spaces. The staff was exceptionally friendly and very helpful in every way. All sites are back-in but easy to maneuver. The bathrooms were clean but very outdated and in poor repair. The bird sanctuary was shut down due to the discovery of artifacts in the area. The wildlife and bird watching was great. Biking and hiking were excellent. We recommend checking for availability and making reservations before making the trip to the campground. We will stay here again. We camped at Choke Canyon State Park (Calliham Unit) in a Fifth Wheel.

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DD Rolling Ranch

Review Count: 108
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 15

Date of Stay: - $22.00
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$22 per night was for a 50-amp electric and water site. A daily entrance fee is also charged unless you have a $70 Texas State Parks Pass, which is good to cover entry fee to all state parks for one year. Most sites are level with asphalt pads. The park does have trees but they wouldn’t provide much shade in the summertime. The picnic tables are covered and each site has a fire ring. The park is about one hour S of San Antonio. If you like hiking there are many miles of trails and miles of roadway for bike riding. Fishing/boating is available on the reservoir. Spacing between the sites is generous. We received four bars 4G on our AT&T cell phone. We used our Millenicom Jetpack as a Wi-Fi hotspot and it worked very well. There is Wi-Fi at the office which is 2.2 miles from the campground. We received 30 OTA TV stations. We camped at Choke Canyon State Park (Calliham Unit) in a Motorhome.

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cgaskins

Review Count: 37
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

We just spent 3 days and 2 nights at Choke Canyon State Park - Calliham Unit. Some aspects of the park were great - others were not hence a rating of 7. At one time, this was a very nice state park. On the positive side, the park scenery is very beautiful with large, level RV sites all of which have 50AMP service. All of the RV sites were back-in and the road conditions were very good. The area around the day use areas and camping loops was freshly mowed and maintained. All in all, the park is very quiet and peaceful. There is an abundance of wildlife in the park (deer, rabbits, birds, wild hogs, etc.). On the negative side, it is obvious that the park is not being well cared for as a general statement. The bathrooms, while clean, were in bad need of repair and updating. All of the hiking trails needed maintenance and especially mowing. One of the hiking trails we traversed had a massive tree down that had been there for a quite a while. The bird blind and bird sanctuary was no longer being maintained. All ranger programs had been canceled. The South Shore Unit, which is primarily a day use and boat launch facility, has all but been abandoned. There are no rangers at the main entrance (self-pay) and with no mowing or maintenance around the picnic areas. Most of which were being taken over by over-growth. Finally, I have to comment on the friendliness of the park staff. We travel to lots of Texas State Parks and almost never had anything bad to say. The staff at this park were a little on the unfriendly side providing one word answers and almost no interaction with the campers. This place was obviously a great state park for bird watching and viewing a while back but no longer. We saw about 22 different species but did most from the road. It is a shame it is in the state it is in. Other information that didn't influence the review but is useful. There is no Verizon signal in the park. Highway 72 from Three Rivers to the park is in rough shape due to all of the big rigs heavily using the roads for the local shale oil development. Finally, loads of bugs in the mornings and evenings - take your bug spray We enjoyed our trip due to the bird watching and wildlife but won't be returning. We camped at Choke Canyon State Park (Calliham Unit) in a Fifth Wheel.

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BJ Snowbird

Review Count: 38
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $22.00
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A thoroughly enjoyable campground. As others have noted, the sites here are nicely spaced, so it wouldn’t feel too crowded even if full. However, there was hardly anyone here when we stayed, giving an even greater sense of privacy. With deer periodically wandering through, it was almost like boondocking with hookups. Cell service was spotty, but antenna TV was okay. There’s a convenience store located not too far from the campground, but any major grocery shopping is a long drive. Burrs are a huge problem here for dog walks. We camped at Choke Canyon State Park (Calliham Unit) in a Fifth Wheel.

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KDSpree

Review Count: 97
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

Facilities worked well, site was level, easy to back into, internal roads are good. Quiet park, very empty. Very poor Virgin Mobile cell signal. Staff were friendly. We would stay here again. We camped at Choke Canyon State Park (Calliham Unit) in a Fifth Wheel.

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John and Carol

Review Count: 145
States Visited: 39
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

An excellent state park with very large, well laid-out sites. Not a very busy mid-week when we were there. It was hot, but the electric was strong and reliable. Very weak Verizon internet signal, and cell phone service. We would definitely stay here again. Rate reflects site charge and $5 per person daily park fee. We camped at Choke Canyon State Park (Calliham Unit) in a Fifth Wheel.

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carpedebass

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Great State Park!! Previous reviews whining about mildew in the showers and bags in trees were not evident to us. The showers and restrooms were clean and water was plenty warm for a hot shower with great water pressure. The sites are VERY spacious, and the park is, overall, very well maintained. I'd give this park better reviews if they would construct a fishing pier. As it is, there is nothing for the on-shore angler other than a rock jetty. It's pretty dangerous to climb all over those rocks to get to the water. We'll sure be back to this one though! We camped at Choke Canyon State Park (Calliham Unit) in a Motorhome.

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Cheese Queen

Review Count: 25
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Stayed here for 10 days. Lovely campground with spacious sites. Quiet in spite of being fairly full on the weekends. Since there is no sewer hook-up, we decided to shower in the bathhouse to save filling up our gray-water tank- mistake! Showers were cold, water was just warm, not hot. Tile walls were very mildewed. Otherwise, a pleasing stop- lots of deer, bunnies, many kinds of birds. Would certainly stay here again. The $20 price reflects using a Texas State Parks Pass; otherwise it would have been $28. We camped at Choke Canyon State Park (Calliham Unit) in a Motorhome.

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User1203

Review Count: 31
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

We liked having a view of the reservoir and being able to walk down the mowed pathway to the water but the park is not being maintained. There was a plastic garbage bag caught in tree right at front of site 1 foot off ground and other garbage in grass and in shrubbery. We saw a parks staff person/volunteer drive in a little ATV on roadway around sites but never actually got out of vehicle and walked into the sites. Don't even think about letting your dog run around on the sandy beach area or anyone walk on it without shoes as there is a lot of broken glass. Most of the glass was in areas where there was also rocks and vegetation so less likely for a person to walk on but certainly a pet could. I must have picked up 20 pounds of broken glass, pop cans, and other garbage from beach! We checked out the 2 showers in both the men and ladies shower house and decided that there was no way that we would use them as the tiles looked very grungy. Everything about the RV sites looks run down and it seems no money is being put into maintenance or improvements which is a shame as this is a rare park in the TX State Park System and worth preserving. It is a great place to stay for a couple of nights if you don't have a boat. It is a long way from town so wouldn't recommend staying for just the one night. We camped at Choke Canyon State Park (Calliham Unit) in a Motorhome.

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T. Handren

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Probably one of the nicer state parks we've been in. There's several sites with great shade trees, huge sites so you have great privacy. Excellent wildlife to be seen. Sites near the lake have less privacy, as there are trails to the lake right in the middle of site that are the only way down. Fair amount of stickers that followed us everyone (in the RV) We'll be back. We camped at Choke Canyon State Park (Calliham Unit) in a Fifth Wheel.

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bgbassman

Review Count: 50
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

Everything about this park is good, especially this time of year. We didn't see the fire ants that a previous poster mentioned. It must have been too early in the season. We camped at Choke Canyon State Park (Calliham Unit) in a Fifth Wheel.

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