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.
Nov. 27: Canyon Lake is at 904.18 feet and 89.9-percent full as of 3:07 p.m. Normal elevation is 909 feet.
Boat Ramp #5 is closed. According to Comal County Engineer’s Office, the ramp, 3150 Canyon Lake Forest Dr., closes low at 905.80 feet. Boat Ramp #18, which is inside Canyon Park, is closed for the season. As of Nov. 3, the courtesy dock at #23 remains closed for repairs but is expected to reopen soon.
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 is prone to flash-flooding. Some boat ramps may not be open due to construction or park closures.
For realtime, official updates on the status of boat ramps operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), click here. For complete information about Comal County boat ramps operated by the Water Oriented Recreation District of Comal County (WORDCC), click here. WORD can be reached at 830-907-2300 or by email, email@example.com. The phone number for USACE’s Canyon Lake office is 830-964-3341.
Canyon Lake boat ramps are not affected by Gov. Greg Abbott’s June 26 order closing tubing outfitters. Boat ramps can only be used to launch or recover boats. No fishing, partying, swimming or loitering allowed. The same rules apply to boat ramps operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).
Trying to decide which boat ramps are best … for what? Click here for more information along with some general pointers about where to fish and swim in the lake.
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.
These are the metrics listed online by USACE to determine whether ramps are open or closed due to lake levels. USACE, unlike Comal County, does not provide real-time data. Here is a link to the status of each boat ramp and park.
An entrance and/or boat ramp fee is charged at most 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 list of public access facilities.
County/WORD Boat Ramps: 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 22 and 23. Boat Ramp #5 is closed due to low lake levels.
Here’s a great link by Comal County. 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.
#1 Canyon Lake Village, 579 Skyline Dr.
#2 Canyon Lake Village West, 2410 Colleen Dr.
#5 Canyon Lake Forest, 3150 Canyon Lake Forest Dr. – CLOSED
#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: 3, 4, 10, 17, 18, 20 and 21: Boat Ramp #18 Is Closed
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.
USACE ramps #s 3, 4 and 18 are closed during the off-season
Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) Boat Ramps: 14, 15 and 16
Call 830-964-3576 for information about JBSA ramps or visit the JBSA Canyon Lake Facebook page. They are not operated by USACE.