Lake Corpus Christi State Park has been entertaining locals for over 80 years. The area surrounding the park was once a highly contested piece of the borderland between Mexico and the ever-expanding United States, and only became part of Texas in 1848.
The park gets its name from the man-made lake of the same name. Actually, the second lake to be formed on this piece of land, the first reservoir failed in 1929. When construction began to repair the damn during this period, the newly filled body of water was rechristened Lake Corpus Christi.
When the lake was again threatened in the 1940s due to silt buildup, the third set of modifications was made to the dam. This significant enlarged Lake Corpus Christi, making it one of the largest artificial bodies of water in the state of Texas, covering of 21,000 acres.
Fishing has become a very large attraction at Lake Corpus Christi, with several species of freshwater fish populating these waters. While no equipment is available for rental, there are two lighted fishing piers available for use. The larger of these is over 400 feet long and is completely wheelchair accessible.
The land portion of the park covers roughly 356 acres and offers a lot of water-based activities. Swimming is quite common, as well as paddleboarding and water skiing. The water is completely unsupervised, so these activities are all enjoyed at your own risk. Camping is also allowed on the beach, but fires are strictly prohibited. Feel free to bring your dog to the shoreline, and let them enjoy the water without a leash!
Pavilions are available for rental on a first come, first serve basis. More information on these is available at the Texas Parks website. Canines are strictly prohibited from all indoor structures but are allowed inside of the open air pavilions provided they're on a leash at all times.