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Canyon Lake

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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.  You will find Canyon Lake located approximately half way between San Antonio and Austin, approximately 14 miles northwest of New Braunfels on FM 306 west from IH-35.

Canyon Lake is one of the deepest lakes in Texas with an average depth of 43 feet and is great for fishing. The reservoir was first stocked in the 1970's and has an abundance of Largemouth Bass, Catfish, and White & Striped Bass.

Marina on Canyon Lake
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.


Beach and Park
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.

Tubing down the Guadalupe River below Canyon Lake
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.

The Canyon Lake Gorge was opened in 2007 and offers tours of rock strata as old as 100 million years showing fossils and a set of dinosaur tracks, and forms a new ecosystem for wildlife with carp and other creatures in a series of pools fed by springs and waterfalls. The Gorge Preservation Society formed as a local citizen's group is developing long-term plans for the Gorge in partnership with the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Launching a Sailboat
Boat launch with marina in background

On the south side of Canyon Lake are the communities of Sattler, Startzville, and Crane’s Mill.  Cranes Mill Marina is located on the south shore of Canyon Lake in Cranes Mill Park on FM 2673 in Startzville.


Canyon Lake Dam
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.

Sailor's Lakeside Grill
Sailor's Lakeside Grill

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.

Ft. Sam Marina
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.

Enjoy Nature

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.

Deer under a tree at Canyon Lake
Deer under a tree at Canyon Lake


Looking for a River Tubing Outfitter?
Tube Haus Tube Rentals

Tube Haus
Guadalupe River Tubing

Tubing on the Guadalupe River near New Braunfels in Canyon Lake, Texas, on the famous "Horseshoe Loop".  SHORT and LONG floats, (New Braunfels’ River Rules do not apply). Parking and one shuttle included with tube rental (Website Coupons), lodging and camping nearby. 830-964-3011 Open Daily..


Looking for Lodging near Canyon Lake?
Rustic Ridge Bed and Breakfast Inn

Rustic 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..

Historic Kueble Waldrip Haus in Gruene, Texas

Historic Kuebler Waldrip Haus
This historic 1847 B&B has a total of 3 buildings. It has 11 bedrooms, each with its private bath. Perfect for family reunions, vacations, getaways, weddings, honeymoons, anniversaries, business meetings, girls' night out, retreats, etc.   Located near River Road and all the attractions in New Braunfels.

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Realtors in the Area
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Deer at Canyon Lake
Deer at Canyon Lake

Tourist Attractions in the Area


Things to do at Canyon Lake
  • Try the public beach areas for perfect swimming and sunbathing
  • Rent a boat and tour the lake
  • 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-A very useful guide from Texas Parks and Wildlife featuring current lake levels, fish species available, stocking history, various fishing tips, etc.
  Fisherman’s Corner


  Canyon Lake Golf and Country Club

Recreation and Park Information:

  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Corps Parks

Other Attractions:

Tye Preston Memorial Library

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.


  Canyon Lake Times Guardian


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