Date of Stay: January, 2017 - $11.00
$22 per night (plus a $5 daily parking fee unless you've purchased a $70 annual Texas Parks Pass, which pays for itself if you plan to stay more than 10 nights in Texas State Parks) was for a mostly level asphalt/gravel back-in site (#116) with 50-amp electric and water. Many sites will accommodate a 40'+ RV (like mine) and tow with room to spare. All sites have a fire ring and a wooden picnic table on a covered concrete pad with a sun-blocking sidewall. The spacious sites have large expanses of grass and trees. It was pleasantly quiet during my stay. A most friendly, informative ranger, who provided maps of the park trails and amenities, staffed the campground office. The park office is about two miles from the campground. Activities include a boat launch, tennis and basketball courts, and baseball field, gymnasium, birding and hiking trails. The Choke Canyon reservoir surrounds the park and is visible from most sites. The nearest town is Three Rivers, which has a few restaurants and not much else; if possible, it's best to arrive fully stocked. AT&T cell reception was two to three bars of 4G, which was adequate for texting and voice. I used my Verizon jetpack for internet access as it received two to three bars of 4G LTE. I received 50+ (some duplicates) digital over-the-air TV stations and several radio stations. We camped at Choke Canyon State Park (Calliham Unit) in a Motorhome.
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $23.00
Loved this park. The animals and birds you can see are amazing. From our campsite we saw deer, rabbits, javelinas, bobcats, Audubon Oriole, King Bird, and cardinals. More within a quick hike. Go to the ranger programs to learn more about birds. The hiking paths are good with some variety. You can bike the paths or the roads. Wifi is slow at the office with nothing at the campsites so I rated it down a point. Verizon is variable but most days we could use our hot spot. TV channels were good. Showers were good. The covered picnic table is an extra. We camped at Choke Canyon State Park (Calliham Unit) in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $22.00
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.
Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $22.00
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.
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Space Between Lots
Sun & Foliage
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.
Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $22.00
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.
Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $22.00
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.
Date of Stay: February, 2014 - $22.00
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.
Date of Stay: December, 2013 - $22.00
$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.
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.
Date of Stay: December, 2012 - $22.00
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.
Date of Stay: November, 2012 - $22.00
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.
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.
Date of Stay: March, 2012 - $20.00
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.
Date of Stay: January, 2012 - $20.00
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.