Are the Canyon Lake Boat Ramps Open?
“Are the Canyon Lake boat ramps open?” It’s the number-one question visitors (and more than a few locals) ask each week.
Thursday, Oct. 21: Canyon Lake is at 908.89 feet and 99.7% full at 2:54 a.m. Normal elevation is 909 feet. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is currently releasing 95 cfs into the Guadalupe River at Sattler. For real-time information about current wind directions and maximum wind speeds over the last six hours, click here.
All county ramps are open. All USACE boat ramps are open. The courtesy dock at Boat Ramp #23 is closed, but the ramp itself is open.
Boat Ramp #10 is open to the general public Monday through Friday through Labor Day. After that, it opens seven days a week until March 31.
There are 23 boat ramps located around Canyon Lake. Twenty-two ramps are on the main body of the lake. One ramp is upstream on the Guadalupe River leading into the lake.
Most boat ramps are operated by either Comal County or by USACE.
County Boat Ramps:
1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 22 and 23.
#1 Canyon Lake Village, 579 Skyline Dr.
#2 Canyon Lake Village West, 2410 Colleen Dr.
#5 Canyon Lake Forest, 3150 Canyon Lake Forest Dr.
#6 Canyon Lake Hills 1 – East, 2078 Canyon Lake Dr.
#7 Canyon Lake Hills 2 – West, 2050 Ledgerock Landing
#8 Canyon Springs Resort, 1298 Canyon Springs Dr.
#11 Cypress Cove, 3850 Tanglewood Trl.
#22 Canyon Lake Shores, 808 Park Shores
#23 Mystic Shores, 22100 N. Cranes Mill Rd.
USACE boat ramps:
10, 17, 20 and 21.
USACE rules also apply to 3, 4 and 18, which are located in Canyon and Comal parks, now operated by the Water Oriented Recreation District of Comal County (wordcc.com).
Other boat ramps:
Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA): 14, 15 and 16.
Crane’s Mill Marina: 9
Canyon Marina: 10
Canyon Lake Yacht Club: 12
How It Works
The status of each boat ramp depends on the level of water in the Canyon Reservoir. The parameters are not the same for each boat ramp. The level of water in Canyon Lake can change rapidly during periods of drought or heavy rainfall. Canyon Lake/New Braunfels area is prone to flash-flooding. Some boat ramps may not be open due to construction or park closures.
For real-time, official updates on the status of boat ramps operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), click here. The phone number for USACE’s Canyon Lake office is 830-964-3341.
Comal County Engineer’s Office is another good source for real-time information about the status of county-operated boat ramps as well as road closures in the area. The phone number for CCEO is 830-60how8-2090.
Call 830-964-3576 for information about JBSA ramps or visit the JBSA Canyon Lake Facebook page.
Boat ramps can only be used to launch or recover boats. No fishing, partying, swimming or loitering allowed. For more information about the county’s rules, click here. Other offenses include parking, picnicking, obstructing, and ignoring requests or orders from law enforcement.
To learn more about the Guadalulpe-Blanco River Aurthority’s (GBRA) water-safety rules and regulations affecting Canyon Lake — including rules about swimming — click here.
Visit https://www.swf-wc.usace.army.mil/canyon/ for answers to questions about rules for boat ramps operated by the USACE. Recreationalists are bound by Title 36. Under Title 36, USACE boat ramps are operated in accordance with all state and local laws. County rules and regulations apply to Canyon Lake boat ramps. Click here to review Title 36.
If you are already at a boat ramp and don’t know how to interpret the rules or where to park, the law-enforcement officer on duty will make the call about what is or isn’t allowed. They may issue a warning or citation about violations.
MyCanyonLake.com is a news site. We do not speak on behalf of the county, USACE or GBRA and cannot provide official answers to unique or specific circumstances.
Trying to decide which boat ramps are best … and why? Click here for more information along with some general pointers about where to fish and swim in the lake.
Trying to figure it all out? Boat ramps can be confusing. USACE Park Ranger Samuell Price developed this handy map and fact sheet for all Canyon Lake boat ramps. Here is a link to the status of each boat ramp, park, dock and fishier pier operated by USACE.
An entrance and/or boat ramp fee is charged at several parks in Canyon Lake. For a list of hours and fees for 23 boat ramps, click here. To find more information about boat ramps located in one of the seven major parks operated by the Army Corps of Engineers, click here then click on one of the points on the map or a name in the chart shown on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) list of public access facilities.
TPWD uses a different numbering system for boat ramps.
Here’s a great link about Comal County boat ramps. Look for the green or red markers that indicate the status of each boat ramp. You can zoom in for particulars. The county site also provides metrics for closed lows and closed highs. These vary by ramp, so always check maps in the event of heavy rain or drought.
To see a map of county boat ramps, click here.
USACE Boat Ramps: 3, 4, 10, 17, 18, 20 and 21.
USACE Canyon Lake Ranger Sam Price created this map of Canyon Lake boat ramps to answer questions USACE frequently hears from visitors. The Corps provides three downloadable maps that include locations of ramps only, ramps and fish attractors, and depth contours. For more maps, click HERE.