Lake Corpus Christi

Lake Corpus Christi

Beautiful Lake Corpus Christi is a 21,000 acres reservoir on the Nueces River lying four miles southwest of Mathis. The lake is a popular recreational, garden spot in South Texas offering excellent waterbased recreations such as swimming, skiing, boating and fishing. A favorite fishing area for all fishermen. Large areas of submerged brush in the upper reaches of this 27 mile long lake provide prime fish habitat. All fishing is good; however it is noted for its excellent catfish-channels, flatheads and blues; the record is a flathead weighing 60 pounds approximately. Also noted for its white, black and striped bass; perch and crappie. Record largemouth bass is 13.5 pounds approximately.

The area is a winter home for hundreds of Winter Texans from all parts of the state and country as well as Canada. Around its more than 200 miles of shoreline numerous camps and parks provide campsites, boat ramps, fishing piers and RV and mobile home areas. A main attraction is Lake Corpus Christi State Park whose 350 acres surround a cove, protected from the prevailing south-easterly winds by high limestone cliffs, and providing a scenic view of the main body of the lake. Favorable climate offers opportunities for year 'round activities.

History abounds in the area, with once beaten battlegrounds now lush with farmland, brush, and grass for grazing cattle. The Nueces River at one time divided Texas from Mexico. It was a much disputed boundary, and it wasn't until the United States/ Mexican War that the issue was settled, making the Rio Grande the official boundary. One of the more famous battles between the two countries was fought at Old San Patricio, founded by the Irish and located 10 miles south of Mathis. The area, once inhabited by Karankawa and Lipan Apache Indians, became the site of several unsuccessful settlement attempts in the 18th and 19th centuries.

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Updated: 16th December, 2018 3:40 PM.