Bad News, Boaters: USACE Closes Boat Ramp #21, Only Four of Canyon Lake’s 23 Ramps Still Open

Boat Ramp #21
Image of Canyon Lake Boat Ramp #21 courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), which owns Canyon Lake, today closed Boat Ramp #21 at Potters Creek, citing low lake levels.

The closure is effective Tuesday.

Boat Ramp #17, also operated by USACE, remains open. However, parking is limited at #17, and traffic-control measures are in place.

“The staff at Canyon Lake will continue to monitor parks and boat ramps and provide updates about closures or changes to recreation facility operations,” USACE said in a Facebook post.

Today’s lake level is 893.07 feet above mean sea level. The record low for Canyon Lake, set in September 2009, is 892.7 feet. Boat Ramp #21 closes at 893 feet.

Canyon Lake is 69.3% full.

Boat ramps still open are:

  • #6  Canyon Lake Hills (low close 890 feet) – Free
  • #17 Little Jacobs Creek (low close 889 feet) – Free
  • #18 Canyon Park (low close 883 feet) – $20
  • #19 Canyon Lake Marina (low close 884) – $30

Comal County road crews recently filled in the holes and gaps at the end of #6.

The old courtesy dock at Boat Ramp #18 is closed, but a new dock has been brought in as part of an effort to make lake access easier for visitors.

Boat Ramp #19 will remain open indefinitely — it closes at 883-43 feet. Both Canyon Lake Marina and Cranes Mill marinas are open to boaters — marinas are moved away from the shore as the lake shrinks.

Docks open to the public are:
#21, free
#20, Potters Creek camping $30-$35
#19 Canyon Lake Marina, $35
#18 Canyon Park, $20 per car for non-residents, $5 for vehicles with Comal County registration stickers.

The last fishing pier at Joint Base San Antonio’s (JBSA) Hancock Cove closed due to water levels. Fishing is allowed on the shore outside of the swimming area.

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