Lake Corpus Christi
is a reservoir
in coastal southern Texas
. The lake was created in by the impounding of Wesley E. Seale Dam
. The lake and the dam that creates it are managed by the City of Corpus Christi
. Lake Corpus Christi was originally known as Lake Lovenskiold
. It is often referred to as Lake Mathis because of its location.
Lake Corpus Christi is 4 miles (6 km) west of the town of Mathis
and about 20 miles (32 km) northwest of the city of Corpus Christi. The surface of the lake extends into San Patricio
, Live Oak
, and Jim Wells
counties. The reservoir covers 18,256 acres (73.9 km²), and has a capacity of more than 269,900 acre feet (332,916,748 m³).
Lake Corpus Christi provides drinking water for the city of Corpus Christi
. The reservoir also provides good fishing opportunities, especially for largemouth bass
. Lake Corpus Christi State Recreation Area provides camping
and picnicking areas and two fishing
Lake Corpus Christi has been stocked with species of fish intended to improve the utility of the reservoir for recreational fishing. Fish present in Lake Corpus Christi include crappie, white bass, catfish, and largemouth bass, Lepomis|sunfish, bluegill and Alligator Gar. Plant life in the lake includes water stargrass, Pistia|water lettuce, water hyacinth , American pondweed, Ceratophyllum|coontail, Juncaceae|rushes, and Typha|cattail.
- - Handbook of Texas Online