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.
May 7: Canyon Lake is at 903.74 feet at 1:25 p.m. Normal elevation is 909 feet. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently releasing 95 cfs on the Guadalupe River at Sattler. For realtime information about curent wind directions and maximum wind speeds over the last six hours, click here.
Boat Ramp #5 is closed. Ramp #10 is only open on week days. Boat Ramp #23 is closed. So is Boat Ramp #22. Boat Ramp #7 is closed.
The status of each boat ramp depends on the level of water in the Canyon Reservoir. Currently several ramps are closed due to the continued drought. 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 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, firstname.lastname@example.org. The phone number for USACE’s Canyon Lake office is 830-964-3341. Comal County Engineer’s Office is another good source for realtime information about the status of each ramp as well as road closures in the area.
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). For more information about the county’s rules, click here. Other offenses include parking, picknicking, obstructing, and ignoring requests or orders from law enforcement.
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 (TPWD) list of public access facilities.
TPWD uses a different numbering system for boat ramps.
County/WORD Boat Ramps: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 18, 22 and 23. Boat Ramps #5 and #23 are closed. WORD now operates Comal and Canyon parks.
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 – CLOSED
#8 Canyon Springs Resort, 1298 Canyon Springs Dr.
#11 Cypress Cove, 3850 Tanglewood Trl.
#22 Canyon Lake Shores, 808 Park Shores – CLOSED
#23 Mystic Shores, 22100 N. Cranes Mill Rd.- CLOSED
USACE Boat Ramps: 10, 17, 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.
Ramp #10 is only open on weekends.
Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) Canyon Lake 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.
Lake Canyon Yacht Club Boat Ramp: 12
Crane’s Mill Marina: 9
Canyon Marina: 19