Lake Corpus Christi State Park

Mathis, Texas

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This 365-acre state park is situated at the southeastern corner of Lake Corpus Christi, which is 24 miles long, has more than 200 miles of shoreline, and covers 15,500 acres. The lake serves as a principal source of water for Corpus Christi. It also provides a popular boating (two ramps), fishing (two lighted piers), picnicking, and swimming area. Key birds: Least Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant, Anhinga, Whitetailed Hawk, Harris’s Hawk, Crested Caracara, Wild Turkey, Scaled Quail, White-tipped Dove, Greater Roadrunner, Pauraque, Green Kingfisher, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Great Kiskadee, Green Jay, Cactus Wren, Long-billed Thrasher, Pyrrhuloxia, Olive Sparrow, Cassin’s and Black-throated Sparrows, and Audubon’s Oriole are present year-round. Least Bittern; Wood Stork; Fulvous and Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks; Purple Gallinule; Least Tern; Black Skimmer; Groove-billed Ani; Lesser and Common Nighthawks; Buffbellied Hummingbird; Vermilion, Ash-throated, Brown-crested, and Scissor-tailed Flycatchers; Couch’s Kingbird; Cliff and Cave Swallows; Painted Bunting; Dickcissel; and Grasshopper Sparrow occur in summer. American Bittern, Virginia Rail, Sora, Sandhill Crane, Burrowing and Short-eared Owls, Sprague’s Pipit, and Lark Bunting can usually be found in winter.

Lake Corpus Christi State Park Professional Review and Guide

"This 365-acre state park is situated at the southeastern corner of Lake Corpus Christi, which is 24 miles long, has more than 200 miles of shoreline, and covers 15,500 acres. The lake serves as a principal source of water for Corpus Christi. It also provides a popular boating (two ramps), fishing (two lighted piers), picnicking, and swimming area.

Key birds: Least Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant, Anhinga, Whitetailed Hawk, Harris’s Hawk, Crested Caracara, Wild Turkey, Scaled Quail, White-tipped Dove, Greater Roadrunner, Pauraque, Green Kingfisher, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Great Kiskadee, Green Jay, Cactus Wren, Long-billed Thrasher, Pyrrhuloxia, Olive Sparrow, Cassin’s and Black-throated Sparrows, and Audubon’s Oriole are present year-round. Least Bittern; Wood Stork; Fulvous and Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks; Purple Gallinule; Least Tern; Black Skimmer; Groove-billed Ani; Lesser and Common Nighthawks; Buffbellied Hummingbird; Vermilion, Ash-throated, Brown-crested, and Scissor-tailed Flycatchers; Couch’s Kingbird; Cliff and Cave Swallows; Painted Bunting; Dickcissel; and Grasshopper Sparrow occur in summer. American Bittern, Virginia Rail, Sora, Sandhill Crane, Burrowing and Short-eared Owls, Sprague’s Pipit, and Lark Bunting can usually be found in winter."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Mathis
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best April and May for spring migrants and nesting activities; September for migrating raptors
Local Contacts: Lake Corpus Christi State Park
Local Maps: Texas Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Corpus Christi State Park

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May 2018