Lake Corpus Christi State Park
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Lake Corpus Christi is near Mathis, Texas on the Nueces River. A fairly large lake of 11,000 acres and very popular for fishing and boating. We stayed 2 nights in the State Park in February, 2008 and enjoyed it very much. We had a nice sail on Wednesday when the wind was light, the wind can be high this close to the coast. The large State Park, over 1,100 acres, has great facilities. Two boat ramps face each other across the cove, one facing north and the other south, so you can launch with the wind in your favor. We sailed out onto the lake and went upstream a couple of miles, then came back to the dam before heading in.
In between the Lake Corpus Christi State Park and the dam is the Sunrise Beach Resort. We sailed by it while on the lake and it looks inviting, with many campsites very near the water. I think we'll check it out more closely next time. See the 2nd video for a look at Sunrise Beach.
Be sure to stop by the Old Park Pavilion on the bluff overlooking Lake Corpus Christi. Built by the CCC in 1933 and 1934 it is in excellent shape and a great place for a couple to exchange tungsten wedding bands and host a wedding or party. Day use only, but on both sides along the bluff are the screened shelters where you can camp.
We stayed in campsite 4, campsites 1 through 23 are around a loop with a pond in the center. There were always several birds in the pond, and a turtle, and a dozen javelinas, or peccaries, came through also. The Lake Corpus Christi State Park is a wildlife preserve with no hunting allowed so the wildlife is abundant. 1 through 23 have electricity (30 amp) and water and are close to the restrooms and the best showers I've seen in a long time. The closest sites to the south boat ramp and boat rentals, the park rents canoes, kayaks and paddleboats.
The same restroom/shower building also serves campsites 24 through 48, which are full hookups, 50 amp and sewer. We couldn't get a space there on the weekend, it was fully reserved. It was a bit farther from the lake and didn't have the pond so that was ok with us.
We also took a look at some of the tent camping sites. Sites 49 through 57 have more growth nearby and look quite relaxing, they are on a little side road and the overhanging trees rubbed on our motorhome a bit.
In the same area are campsites 58 through 83, which are more open and closer to the fishing dock.
Across from the boat rental is the north boat ramp, with tent camping sites 84 through 108, some right on the water
I'm putting a couple of ultra high resolution FULL SCREEN videos here as an experiment. The first is some javelinas that came through our campsite and the other is birds in the pond in the middle of campsites 1 to 23. They are both large files for being so short, about 30 MB each, so if you don't have very fast broadband it will take a long time. If you do watch, you can select View, Full Screen, and see them at their best. Using Windows Media Player, if part is covered at the bottom try rolling your mouse wheel or pressing the up or down arrow to get true full screen.
Birds at Lake Corpus Christi State Park. There is a small pond in the middle of campsites 1 to 23 that has many birds most of the time.
Dialup sailing video, 4.5 MB
Broadband sailing video, 28 MB