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Canyon Lake's Calm Days

By Shannon Blackburn - October 8th, 2001

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 offers excellent opportunities for: camping, fishing, swimming, SCUBA diving, picnicking, wildlife viewing, boating and water sports. The Upper Guadalupe River above Canyon Lake affords some of the most exciting whitewater in the state, while the lower segment is favored by canoeists and tubers. Wildlife observers may be treated to sights of the area's prominent white-tailed deer, armadillos and songbirds.

The following public parks, managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, are located along the lakeshore: Comal Park, Crane's Mill Park, North Park, Jacob's Creek Park, Potter's Creek Park, Overlook Park and Canyon Park. Developed campsites for tents and trailers are available, as are boat ramps; several marinas, yacht clubs and a ski club are scattered around the lake. Due to recent changes, day use fees are charged at most, if not all, of the parks.

Comal Park recently reopened after a year-long closure for renovation. Although Comal Park no longer allows overnight camping, numerous additional picnic facilities and a larger beach swimming area have been added. Comal Park remains a prime location for stargazing and meteor-watching due to minimal light pollution. Since the wooded hills surrounding Canyon Lake are a haven for white-tailed deer, visitors are urged to exercise caution when traveling area roads.

Fish Species in Canyon Lake
Bass: Guadalupe, Largemouth, Smallmouth, White
Catfish: Blue, Channel, Flathead
Crappie: Black, White
Shad: Gizzard, Threadfin
Others: Bluegill, Walleye

Trip Planner

Location: 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.

For more information write to: Canyon Project,U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, HC4, Box 400, Canyon Lake, TX 78133-4112.

Or call: (210)964-3341.


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