Choke Canyon State Park Campground – Three Rivers, TX

Choke Canyon State Park

Choke Canyon State Park was the first state park that we have camped at in Texas. We were not disappointed! From the beautiful lake view campsite, to the large amount of wildlife that we encountered, we enjoyed all aspects of this state park.

The view from our campsite!


Located 80 miles South of San Antonio, Choke Canyon State Park sits on the shores of the Choke Canyon Reservoir.

We camped in the Calliham Unit, which is the only unit that has a campground. It is about 10 miles for the town of Three Rivers, where you can get gas or buy groceries if needed.

Sites and Amenities

There are 40 sites with water and electricity (50, 30, and 15 amp), and 16 non-reservable tent camping sites.

Ellie chasing birds, her favorite thing to do.

There is a dump station located near the middle of the state park.

Two shower houses are located in the camping area, and they were clean but somewhat dated.

One thing that makes this campground different than most, is the amount of wildlife that came to and through our campsite almost every day! There were deer, Javalinas, owls, and even a small scorpion. We were also told that there are alligators living in these waters!

They came out every single morning!

Campers here can enjoy a beautiful view of the lake from several of the campsites, or the multiple picnic areas.


Choke Canyon State Park is currently allows you to select and reserve a campsite by visiting this website.

Our Experience

We arrived at Choke Canyon State Park November 25th, 2018.  Our campsite, number 115, had a beautiful view of the water.

We hiked several trails and nature trails while staying here.

It was around 70 degrees outside with sunny skies the whole time we stayed there, which was 5 nights.  We couldn’t have asked for better weather. This was the longest stop so far on our year long trip. We took the opportunity to do a lot of laundry, clean the truck, do some shopping, and relax for a few days with nowhere to be.

Over the next 4 days, we had an incredible amount of wildlife greet us in our campsite. One morning, there were multiple javalinas wandering through, which our dogs were not a huge fan of!

A bird sanctuary was just a short walk from our campsite, and it was really neat. We saw several different species of birds, and Ellie was ecstatic.

We packed up after our 5 night stay and headed a little further west, on our way to Big Bend National Park. Our next stop was this picnic area overlooking the Pecos River, and it was free!


Choke Canyon State Park is a place that you can go to relax, enjoy nature, and get away from it all. We all loved the slower pace and peaceful feeling that we experienced while camping here.

We would love to stay at Choke Canyon State Park if we are ever in the area again!

-Kyle G

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