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Are the Canyon Lake Boat Ramps Open?

There are 23 boat ramps located around Canyon Lake.

“Are the Canyon Lake boat ramps open?” It’s the number-one question visitors (and more than a few locals) ask each week.

Boat Ramp #2 is closed. Boat Ramp #8 is closed. Boat Ramp #5 is closed. Ramp #7 is closed. Ramp #22 is closed. Ramp #23 is closed. Ramp #11 is closed. Ramp #3 is closed. Boat Ramp #10 is closed. 

Tuesday, Jan. 31: Canyon Lake is at 898.28 feet and 78.5% full at 10:43 a.m. The lake’s normal elevation is 909 feet. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is currently releasing at a rate of 63 cfs into the Guadalupe River at Sattler. Click here for real-time information about current wind directions and maximum wind speeds over the last six hours.

To learn more about individual boat ramps, click here.

To learn more about the real-time status of county-operated boat ramps, along with maps of each ramp, visit the Comal County Engineers Office website and click on “Boat Ramps.” Lake levels continue to drop and more boat ramps could be closed in the near future.

For more information about the history of Canyon Lake and lake levels in general, click here.

Boat Ramps

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. Closes at 897.60
#2    Canyon Lake Village West, 2410 Colleen Dr. Closes at 898.50
#5    Canyon Lake Forest, 3150 Canyon Lake Forest Dr. Closes at 905.80
#6    Canyon Lake Hills 1 – East, 2078 Canyon Lake Dr. Closes at 890.00
#7    Canyon Lake Hills 2 – West, 2050 Ledgerock Landing. Closes at 904.76
#8    Canyon Springs Resort, 1298 Canyon Springs Dr. Closes at 899.86
#11  Cypress Cove, 3850 Tanglewood Trl. Closes at 901.60
#22  Canyon Lake Shores, 808 Park Shores. Closes at 903.87
#23  Mystic Shores, 22100 N. Cranes Mill Rd. Closes at 903.31

USACE Boat Ramps:

10, 17, 20 and 21.

Water Oriented Recreation District of Comal County (WORD) Boat Ramps:

USACE rules also apply to 3, 4 and 18, located in Canyon and Comal parks, now operated by the Water Oriented Recreation District of Comal County (wordcc.com).

These parks are closed for the winter season.

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 water level 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 and road closures in the area. The phone number for CCEO is 830-608-2090.

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.

General Information

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.

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  1. Dave G September 17, 2022

    Why are any boat ramps closed when lake is almost full?
    Who makes these decisions? And why is media not asking questions?

    The stories should not be about the ramps closing as much as questioning why they are closing ? That would be a better story.

  2. Erin May 31, 2022

    Thanks a lot for sharing this!

  3. Susan Mackey May 11, 2022

    Are residents allowed to load their boats and jet skis into the lake where there is no boat ramp? This is occurring in The Oaks and is dangerous for people who are swimming or floating in our small cove.

    1. Stephanie Johnson May 12, 2022

      Hi Susan. It can be confusing! We’re the newspaper not the official source so suggest you reach out to WORD or USACE. Another great source of information is the Canyon Lake Boat Ramps Community Alliance, they have a Facebook page. I would also check with the experts who follow Everything Canyon Lake Facebook page. You’ll get lots of responses.

  4. Colleen March 1, 2022

    Which area and boat ramp would be best for paddle boarding?

  5. Rudy Stappenbeck July 24, 2021

    A lot of people use boat ramp # 6 and it is hard to fine a place to park your boat after you unload or you want to load your boat
    due to rocks. There is only one good spot to the side to pull up your boat with out hitting rocks. I have live up here for many years
    and do know there is some boat ramps that have docks for unloading or loading boats. Why can’t boat ram # 6 have a dock for unloading and loading boats? A dock for boats only and with a time limit for tie up and no fishing off dock and no swimming around dock.

  6. Alan Bennett May 22, 2021

    Why is boat ramp 5 permanently closed?

    1. Stephanie Johnson May 25, 2021

      It’s temporarily closed due to low water levels in Canyon Lake.

  7. Tex March 16, 2021

    Why is ramp 23 closed

    1. Bobbie April 6, 2021

      Yes why we have small jet skis and live in mystic shores can we not launch

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