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Lake Corpus Christi State Park, Mathis

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#14 of 16 in Nature in Texas Gulf Coast
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Lake Corpus Christi State Park is a state park located on Lake Corpus Christi in San Patricio County, Texas, United States southwest of Mathis. The land was leased from the City of Corpus Christi in 1934 and the park was opened in 1934.HistoryThe park was constructed by Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Company 886 between 1934 and 1935. CCC buildings included a bathhouse, park residence, boat house and a refectory, but only the refectory remains. Other CCC structures include a lookout tower, Park Road 25, and bridges.FloraThe park is a mixture of brushlands, wetlands, woodlands and the open waters of Lake Corpus Christi creating a diverse ecological area.FaunaCommon birds within the park include the black-bellied whistling duck, American purple gallinule, white-winged dove, pauraque, long-billed thrasher, white-eyed vireo, pyrrhuloxia and black-throated sparrow. Common mammals include javelina, cottontail rabbits and white-tailed deer. Popular fish include blue, channel and yellow catfish and sunfish, bass and crappie.
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4.6
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  • Overall it was a nice park- decent staff, picnic areas were plenty and convenient, very nice new fishing pier, nice swimming and boating areas. State police are constantly patrolling area and frequent...  more »
  • If you are looking for a beautiful spot to camp in a tent or RV, this is the place. We like to fish and so we asked for a spot near the lighted fishing pier. RV spots 22 and 23 are closest to the pier...  more »
  • well kept clean place. almost city park style. good shade on spots. saw a deer , prairie dog, javelines, squirrels, butterflies. nice lake .  more »
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  • Oler couple: The "shady" spots are not continuous shady. You have limited choices on Javelina Camping Loop. Either early morning shade or late evening shade. None during the heat of the day on any site I could identify. 95% Mesquite trees. Uncomfortably hot. Very much a family park. Good lake and access for limited swimming. Newish fishing piers. No fish were being caught per fishers. I would suggest older couples visit very early spring or very late fall.
  • Lot 76! That was us! We swam, enjoyed trails, the castle was all great. Relaxing fun time with the family and other's there. Look forward to all the other times we plan to visit.
  • Great park for fishing and camping. Only complaint is the restrooms are TERRIBLE and nasty. I've camped at over 12 sites. Dirtiest. I'd give it 4-5 stars of restrooms were clean like all other state parks.
  • Great place to camp in the spring and fall. Just make sure to make a reservation cause campsites fill up fast.
  • Lake and traffic was easy pace. Our site was at lake edge. Easy for boat boarding and exiting of family. Only issue we had was people walking through tent site to get to the water. Which was common. Lighted fishing pier!

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