Clear springs flowing from the ground in northern Real County join with a second fork to the west and become the Nueces River, which flows more than 300 miles, emptying into the Gulf of Mexico at Corpus Christi. About 40 miles north of Uvalde and three miles south of Camp Wood, a low dam creates a wide, clear swimming hole with water that stays about 71 degrees.
Access it through 50-year-old Cooksey County Park. Depending on river flow, the water here may be 10 to 20 feet deep and stretch three-quarters of a mile upstream. Largemouth, smallmouth, and Guadalupe bass, sunfish, tilapia, yellow catfish, and perch live in the river, and you can fish above the dam from a kayak, canoe, or motor boat with 25-horsepower limit. Or just watch them with a mask and snorkel. A smaller swimming hole forms below the dam as well. The county park has picnic areas and RV and tent camping.
Wes Cooksey County Park is on Texas 55, three miles south of Camp Wood, 830/597-3223. Open year-round; call for hours and admission fees.