Canyon Lake
Canyon Lake, Texas Partner
Nestled among steep and wooded hills, 8,240-acre Canyon Lake is one of the deepest and most scenic lakes in Texas. With 80 miles of shoreline and an average depth of 43-feet, Canyon Lake features seven public parks with excellent outdoor recreation opportunities. Activities include camping, fishing, swimming, SCUBA diving, picnicking, wildlife viewing, boating, and other water sports. Many of the parks offer developed campsites for tents and trailers, as well as boat ramps, restrooms and picnic tables. Boat ramps, several marinas, yacht clubs and a ski club are also located on the lake.

The following Canyon Lake public parks, managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, are located along the lakeshore:

Open year-round --
* Guadalupe Park - free & open 24hrs for fishing
* Overlook Park - day use only park
* Potter's Creek Park

Seasonal; closed from October through March --
* North Park - day use areas generally require campsite rental
* Canyon Park - day use areas generally require campsite rental
* Canyon Park Beach - day use only park
* Comal Park - day use only park

Closed for renovations since October 2009 --
* Crane's Mill Park

View of Canyon Lake from Comal Park
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The Upper Guadalupe River above Canyon Lake affords some of the most exciting whitewater in the state, while the lower segment is favorable for canoeing and tubing. Wildlife observers may be treated to sights of the area's white-tail deer, armadillos, and songbirds.

Fish species in Canyon Lake:

  • Bass: Guadalupe, Largemouth, Smallmouth, White
  • Catfish: Blue, Channel, Flathead
  • Crappie: Black, White
  • Shad: Gizzard, Threadfin
  • Others: Bluegill, Walleye

Shannon's Notebook

Justin and I visit Canyon Lake occasionally to retreat from the hectic pace of San Antonio. There are many lakeside parks in the area, and we have not visited them all.

Since the wooded hills surrounding Canyon Lake are a haven for white-tailed deer, visitors are urged to exercise caution when travelling area roads.

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Canyon Lake is located approximately 20 miles north of New Braunfels. Take State Highway 46 and F.M. 2722 north, or F.M. 306 north of I-35. Directions to specific Canyon Lake area parks vary.
Map of Lake's Location

For GPS Users: N 29° 52.13'   W 098° 11.87' (WGS84/NAD83)
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Hours vary. The lakeside parks are usually open from 7 AM to 10 PM for day use activities.


Day use fees vary from zero to $6 per vehicle depending on the park and season.




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Contact Information

Canyon Lake, and its lakeside parks, are managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Fort Worth District).

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Canyon Lake Area Parks
Canyon Lake, Texas

Related Links:
*TPWD: Canyon Lake Fishing
*Edwards Aquifer Home Page: Canyon Lake

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