We were pleasantly surprised and impressed with Lake Corpus Christi State Park which is 4 miles from Mathis and 40 miles north of Corpus Christi. We expected it to be on a small dry lake with flat surroundings, cactus and low lying sage brush. Not the case – most of the sites are under some trees (albeit not giant hardwoods, but still trees offering shade) and there are plenty of waterfront sites, the terrain is gently rolling, the picnic areas have covered tables and are a stones throw from the water, and Lake Corpus Christi is much bigger than expected. A very nice park.
Lake Corpus Christi State Park, a 356-acre park, is located on the 21,000 acre Lake Corpus Christi. Many of the park facilities were built by the Civilian Conservation Corp and the park opened in 1934.
The park and nearby natural areas are home to many migrating birds including black-bellied whistling-duck, purple gallinule, white-winged dove, pauraque, long-billed thrasher, white-eyed vireo, pyrrhuloxia, and black-throated sparrow. The Park is also home to a variety of wildlife including Javalina and white tail deer.
We enjoyed our short stay at Lake Corpus State Park on our way from Austin To South Padre Island – what a great way to break up the trip. We rode bikes around the Park, explored the Old Pavilion, threw rocks off the walkway to try and hit the lake, and took a walk and bike ride on the short trail through the woods where we spotted several deer.
This is one of those Parks where you want to park the rig, pull out the camp chairs, gather around the fire with stores and marshmallows, and drop in line in the lake! A relaxing weekend.
We didn’t have time to explore Mathis, but it’s a very small town and doesn’t look like it has much, if anything to see and do. On the other hand, Corpus is only an 40 miles south and is loaded with lots of fun things to do from fishing to museums to sailing charters to exploring the aquarium or an aircraft carrier that served during World War II. Check out our Corpus Christi Map and Ten Things to See and do in Corpus Christi.