Canyon Lake Visitors' Guide
"Canyon Lake - Where Water Sports Are King"
Canyon Lake is located on the Guadalupe River in Comal County, Texas. Canyon Lake has 80 miles of scenic shoreline and covers an 8,230 surface acre area.
Canyon Lake is one of the deepest lakes in Texas with an average depth of 43 feet. You will find Canyon Lake located approximately half way between San Antonio and Austin, approximately 14 miles northeast of New Braunfels on FM 306 west from IH-35.
Canyon Lake Marina
There are five communities located around the shores of Canyon Lake. On the north side, there are Hancock and Canyon City. The Canyon Lake Marina is located on the north shore in the Canyon Park in Hancock. Two Yacht Clubs are also located on Canyon Lake.
Canyon Lake Dam
Canyon Dam is on the north side near Canyon City. The dam is 5 kilometers in length and rises to a height of 224 feet above the river bed. Take a stroll across the dam and take some outstanding water scenery photos along the way.
Boat launch with marina in background
On the south side of Canyon Lake are the communities of Sattler, Startzville, and Cranes Mill. Cranes Mill Marina is located on the south shore of Canyon Lake in Cranes Mill Park on FM 2673 in Startzville.
Beach and park on Canyon Lake
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages eight public parks on the Canyon Lake shoreline. Cranes Mill Park and Comal Park are located on the south side and Potters Creek Park, Canyon Park, Jacobs Creek Park, North Park, Overlook Park, and Guadalupe Park are all on the north side. These parks offer camping, trailer, and picnicking areas, and boat ramps. Canyon Lake fishing is great and several record fish have been caught.
Ft. Sam Marina
Service to the Military
In Jacobs Creek Park, Randolph AFB Rec Area is located on the east side and Fort Sam/5th Army Retreat is located on the west side.
Tubing down the Guadalupe River
Want more than boating activities? Right below the Canyon Dam off FM 306, you can go tubing down the Guadalupe River. Several river outfitters are located along the highway.
Deer under a tree at Canyon Lake
Nature lovers will find plenty to observe with the variety of sea birds. There are many white-tail deer around the lake areas and you will find them grazing in the front yards of many of the homes.
Papa Docks Restaurant
Want to enjoy some great seafood or just plain home cooking?
You will find plenty of restaurants in the surrounding communities that will take care of your every desire. Some have waterfront locations that offer great views of the water, the soaring birds, and the boats cruising by.
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Guadalupe River Tubing
Tubing on the Guadalupe River in Canyon Lake, Texas, on the famous "Horseshoe Loop". Short and LLong floats, tube all day for one low price, (Website Coupons), parking and one shuttle included, lodging and camping nearby. 830-964-2450 Open Daily.
Want to spend a few days or longer at Canyon Lake?
You can find accommodations for all incomes and lifestyles, all the way from luxury condos to tent camping in the parks and everything in between.
||Millie's Canyon Lake
These Cottages, on the beautiful Canyon Lake shores, offer 2 room individual rock exterior cottages with a full bath. Each cottage has a full kitchen with cooking facilities and all have basic cable TV.
|Canyon Lake Retreats
For a weekend or a Winter Texan vacation, this is the place for a family or several couples. Centrally located near Austin, San Antonio, and New Braunfels. Have fun on Canyon Lake, tube down the Guadalupe River, visit Historic Gruene, New Braunfels, or San Marcos, only minutes away.
|Canyon Lake Texas Tree House
Enjoy this tree house bungalow with a magnificent view of the lake from the shaded redwood deck or the living area. Whether you want to sail away on Canyon Lake or tube down the Guadalupe River, you are only minutes away from it all!
Bed & Breakfast luxury in spacious vacation homes with private hot tubs near Canyon Lake. Starview Lodge: pool, sauna, fireplace. Longhorn Lodge: secluded, chiminea, welcomes pets. Amenities: complimentary wine, fruit basket, cookies, bath products, robes & bedside chocolates. 7th night free. Wedding, Honeymoon & Spa packages.
Ridge Bed and Breakfast
Enjoy a romantic getaway for two. This secluded cedar log cabin overlooks a pond into beautiful Texas sunsets. You will have the cabin with a gated entrance all to yourself. Close to Potters Creek Park on Canyon Lake..
Goose Lakehaus Bed & Breakfast
You will enjoy this comfortable B&B looking out over Canyon Lake. It's a perfect stopping-off place or weekend getaway. Luxuriate in the private hot tub just outside your room. A hearty breakfast and lots of Texas Hill Country attractions await you.
Resort - Canyon Lake
They offer a countryside resort with all the facilities you need for a pleasant retreat. Accommodations include: Cabins, RV Sites w/hookups and separate tenting area. They have a swimming pool, plenty of picnic tables, BBQ pits and secured parking for boats and recreational vehicles.
Mermaid's Cove - Spring Branch
Where Canyon Lake begins, you will find a unique Cove on 14 rustic acres. Whether you want a lodge, cabin, RV space, tent camping, or Boondocker sites, they have a great experience waiting just for you! Considered Best fishing on the lake.
Rio Raft & Resort
This vacation home sits on a hill top with a fantastic view of the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Within walking distance to Canyon Lake, and has a boat dock. Easy drive to lots of activities in the area. You will love this great vacation home!
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New Braunfel Hotels
San Antonio Hotels
Deer at Canyon Lake
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Tourist Attractions in the Area:
- Natural Bridge Caverns New Braunfels
- Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch New Braunfels
- Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort New Braunfels
- Historic Town of Gruene - Gruene
- New Braunfels - This interesting city is located between Austin and San Antonio and home to The Schlitterbahn and Wurstfest. If you make the drive to San Antonio or Austin, plan some extra time for New Braunfels.
- Touring Texas
This web site provides tourist information for the state of Texas
with links to over 100 cities and towns throughout Texas.
- Wonder World Park San Marcos
The most visited cave in Texas
- Seaworld Adventure Park San Antonio
Amusement rides, water rides and fun, shows with
dolphins, whales and sea lions, and much more.
- Six Flags Fiesta Texas San Antonio
Six Flags Fiesta Texas is sure to be a crowd-pleaser with a
full line-up of rides, shows, and family-fun entertainment.
The city of Blanco is located on the Blanco River and has a nice large park at the dam on the river for tourists to enjoy. They have another very nice park, too, and tourist shopping and events.
Things to do at Canyon Lake:
- Try the public beach areas for perfect swimming and sunbathing
- Take a boating tour or cruise
- Parasailing, wave runners, and scuba diving
- Nature watching and photography
- Fishing from the beach, your own boat, or a fishing charter boat
- Shopping at the local community tourist stores
- Dining at the waterfront seafood restaurants or community cafes
Texas Freshwater Fishing
Canyon Lake Golf and Country Club
Recreation and Park Information:
U.S. Army Corp of Engineer's Park Information
Tye Preston Memorial Library
Canyon Lake Times Guardian
Canyon Lake Market Days
Indoor and outdoor Market Days event from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm with Free Admission, Free Parking and Family Entertainment. Arts, Crafts, Bargains, Attic Treasures, Prize Winning BBQ, and more! Located at the CRRC Recreation Center.
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