Lake Corpus Christi State Park RV & Campground Guide

Texas

Located 40 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico near Orange Grove, Texas, Lake Corpus Christi State Park sits on the shores of Lake Corpus Christi. This 25-square-mile lake was created with the impounding of the Nueces River when the Wesley E. Seale Dam was constructed in 1958. When you visit this state park near Mathis, Texas, you can find a lot to do, including boating, paddle boarding, swimming, fishing and watching for birds. This recreation area is one of the few state parks in the state to have its own shaved ice stand. 

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Weather
Spring 60-81 F
Summer 73-95 F
Fall 60-83 F
Winter 48-74 F
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Nearby Cities
Orange Grove, TX
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Lake Corpus Christi State Park

Careful observers can tell you how much this park changes throughout each day with nocturnal animals coming out at night, spectacular sunrises in the morning as the sun greets the lake and lively crowds swimming and playing by noontime. You will want to experience the daily cycle of this lake by bringing your RV to camp nearby. If you do not have a motorhome, then rent one on RVshare.com for the trip. 

Lake Corpus Christi State Park Campground

Over 40 campsites are located at Lake Corpus Christi State Park Campground where rates start at $10 a night. Some sites have only water while other sites have full hookups, including electricity. 

• Water hookup: Yes 

• Electrical hookup: Yes 

• Sewer hookup: Yes 

• Wi-Fi: No 

• Pet-friendly: Yes 

• Other amenities: Restrooms with showers, shade shelters, fire rings 

Wilderness Lake RV Resort

Swim in the salt-water pool, watch wildlife in the nature sanctuary and get access to three lakes from Wilderness Lake RV Resort. Organized activities often happen, including potlucks, water aerobics and dancing at this campground. Rates start at $36 per night, and weekly, monthly and annual rates are also available. 

• Water hookup: Yes 

• Electrical hookup: Yes 

• Sewer hookup: Yes 

• Wi-Fi: Yes 

• Pet-friendly: Yes 

• Other amenities: Organized activities, three lakes, pool 

Mustang Hollow Campground

Located on 47 wooded acres, Mustang Hollow Campground lets you see many birds and wildlife. At this campground, where rates start at $36 per night, you can get snacks from the snack bar, swim in the pool and join in on organized activities.

• Water hookup: Yes 

• Electrical hookup: Yes 

• Sewer hookup: Yes 

• Wi-Fi: Yes 

• Pet-friendly: Yes 

• Other amenities: Organized activities, pool 

Totem Pole RV Park

At the gated, 100-acre Totem Pole RV Park, you can do laundry in the laundry room, work out in the fitness room or prepare meals in the community kitchen. You can also get your RV fixed on-site and walk on the hiking trails.

• Water hookup: Yes 

• Electrical hookup: Yes 

• Sewer hookup: Yes 

• Wi-Fi: Yes 

• Pet-friendly: Yes 

• Other amenities: Cable TV, fitness room, community kitchen 

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What to Do at
Lake Corpus Christi State Park

Inside Lake Corpus Christi State Park

One of the biggest reasons to visit Lake Corpus Christi State Park is the 18,256-acre lake where fishing for catfish is often excellent. Fish from the piers to catch channel catfish using cheese bait and cut-bait produce in areas where the water is less than 8 feet deep. Head out in a boat to catch flathead and blue catfish on live bluegill and shad in deeper waters. 

This park is also a popular stop with migrant birds who breed in the northern United States and Canada before spending their summers in Mexico, Central America, South America or the Caribbean islands. There is a direct trail to an area with 21 bird feeders and four birdbaths, which is a great place to relax and see how many birds you can spot. While there is no lifeguard on duty, this park is a popular place to go swimming and play in the water, and you can rent kayaks and paddleboards from a vendor at this state park. Bring your used books with you to swap at the book exchange near this park's entrance. 

Outside Lake Corpus Christi State Park

Due to Lake Corpus Christi State Park's south-shore location, the closest towns are Mathis, Sandia and Lake City. Travelers looking for an urban adventure while staying at this park will find Corpus Christi, Texas, just a short drive away. Since Interstate 37 is nearby, you can easily explore the area's restaurants, shopping options and activities. 

Restaurants

Smolik's Smokehouse

Start your visit to this restaurant with one of the barbecue meals or a juicy burger. You can feed a whole gang with one of the family packs and leave room for a treat from the sweet shop, like cakes, cinnamon rolls and cookies. 

Type: BBQ

Location: 301 S San Patricio, Mathis, TX 78368

Puerto De Mazatlan Taqueria

If you want breakfast for supper, then head to this restaurant where breakfast is served all day. This restaurant also serves Southern comfort food and Tex-Mex favorites. 

Type: Tex-Mex

Location: 1000 Loop, 459, Mathis, TX 78368

Van's Burgers and Soda Fountain

Meat for hamburgers, hamburger steaks and other favorites is ground daily at this restaurant. You can get fresh entree salads and loaded fries along with freshly squeezed lemonade. 

Type: Classic American

Location: 411 E Magnolia St, Mathis, TX 78368

Butter's BBQ

Texas Monthly Magazine has named this restaurant one of the top 25 barbecue restaurants in the state of Texas, so you will not want to miss the racks of pork ribs. 

Type: BBQ

Location: 104 TX-359, Mathis, TX 78368

The Roux Southern Kitchen

Find seasonally inspired, down-home cooking and Cajun cuisine at this restaurant where you can also get a filling breakfast. 

Type: Southern

Location: 252 FM 3162 Sandia, TX 78383

Shopping

All Crosses Texas, LLC

Find Texan and Christian-inspired signs at this store along with other items perfect for everyone on your souvenir list. 

Location: 202 E San Patricio Ave, Mathis, TX 78368

Happy Daze

At this store in Alice, you can pick up your supplements, vaping supplies and counter-culture gifts. 

Location: 700 E Main St, Alice, TX 78332

Neumann's Saddle Shop & Embroidery Depot

Purchase customized leather holsters, embroidered shirts and new saddles at this location. 

Location: 110 N Johnson St, Alice, TX 78332

BumbleBee Antiques

If you are looking for that hard-to-find item, head to this antique and vintage store where proprietor Jerry Liedeker probably has it in his inventory of over 3 million items. 

Location: 1611 S Staples St, Corpus Christi, TX 78404

Bleu Frog

While you cannot take the beach home with you, you can incorporate beach decor and casual clothing into your wardrobe when you shop at this store. 

Location: 1701 S Alameda St, Corpus Christi, TX 78404

Sightseeing

Third Coast Squadron Commemorative Air Force Museum

See early war airplanes, historical guns, uniforms with medals and other memorabilia at this museum where you can learn more about the United States Air Force History. 

Location: 3201 FM3512 Hangar 11, Aransas Pass, TX 78336

USS Lexington Museum on the Bay

Try to get out of the escape room in time, land an airplane on the USS Lexington's deck using the flight simulator and watch a movie to learn more about Pearl Harbor during a stop at this attraction. 

Location: 2914 N Shoreline Blvd, Corpus Christi, Texas 78402

Texas State Aquarium

Divided into 14 unique viewing areas, this museum contains many large tanks, including two 400,000-gallon tanks, designed to let you see life underwater. There's a particular emphasis on sea life found along the Gulf of Mexico. 

Location: 2710 N Shoreline Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX 78402

Padre Island National Seashore

Go beach combing, watch sea turtles hatch, canoe on the Gulf of Mexico, watch the birds or go fishing at this national seashore that was established by Congress in 1962. 

Location: 20301 Park Rd 22, Corpus Christi, TX 78418

Whataburger Field

Watch a minor league or college baseball game at this stadium that has over 5,000 seats. 

Location: 734 E Port Ave, Corpus Christi, TX 78401

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How to Get to
Lake Corpus Christi State Park

To reach Corpus Christi State Park from Corpus Christi, Texas, get on Interstate 37 N. Take exit 34 toward the Texas 359 Spur/Mathis/Alice. Stay on the frontage road until you get to Texas 459 Spur. Almost immediately, turn left on Texas 359 West. In about 4.6 miles, turn right onto State Park Road 25. Stay on that road until you reach the park.

Entering Lake Corpus Christi State Park

The campground gate opens at 7 a.m. and is locked at 10 p.m. 

Per person 12 and over : $5

Children under 12 get in for free and must be accompanied by an adult.

This state park has seen a lot of history since it was opened in 1934, and many people have fond memories of visiting this location. If you are one of them, post photos to your social media feed and tag RVshare. We would love to see what you and your friends say about this state park. You can also send your stories and photos to [email protected]