Are the Boat Ramps Open?
“Are the boat ramps open?” is the number-one question visitors (and more than a few locals) ask each week. All boat ramps and facilities operated by Comal County remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic. All USACE facilities are closed. Beginning April 3, Comal County Sheriff’s Deputies will strictly enforce pre-existing rules for county-owned boat ramps. They can only be used to launch and recovr boats, not as gathering places or entry points to the lake shore.
April 1: Canyon Lake is 93.9-percent full at 906.15 feet.
The status of each boat ramp depends on the level of water in Canyon Reservoir. The parameters are not the same for each boat ramp.
All boat ramps operated by Water Oriented Recreation District of Comal County (WORD) are currently open and are not affected by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) decision to close most of its parks and facilities in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Only Ramp #22 is closed.
These are the metrics listed online by USACE, that are used to determine whether ramps are open or closed due to lake levels. USACE, unlike Comal County, does not provide real-time data. See below for Comal County engineer’s link for real-time status of boat ramps operated by the county.
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.
WORD Boat Ramps
Here’s a great link by Comal County. Look for the green or red markers that indicate 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. All nine county boat ramps are operated by Water Oriented Recreation District of Comal County (WORDCC): #s 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 22 and 23.
USACE/JBSA Boat Ramps
Click here to see a list of USACE closures related to COVID-19.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) operates #s 3, 4, 10, 17, 18, 20 and 21. Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) operates #s 14, 15 and 16. Lake Canyon Yacht Club operates #12. Crane’s Mill Marina operates #9. Canyon Marina operates #19.
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. Fore more maps, click here.
USACE ramps #s 3, 4 and 18 are closed during off-season.
Call 830-964-3576 for information about JBSA ramps. They are not operated by USACE.
Other Lake Amenities
Canyon Lake boasts several marinas, yacht clubs and a ski club.
An entrance and/or boat ramp fee is charged at most parks in Canyon Lake. To find more information about boat ramps located in one of the seven major parks operated by 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.
Private Rentals and Marinas
Canyon Lake and Cranes Mill marinas are two of Canyon Lake’s premier boating and recreation spots. The family-oriented, full-service marinas provide fun and memorable experiences. Boat and water craft rentals are available. For more information, click here.
Watercraft Rentals has a fleet of top-of-the-line watercraft including pontoon boats, ski boats and deck boats. Kneeboards, wake boards, skis and ski vests are included in all ski boat rentals. For more information, click here.
Canyon Lake Adventures offers jet ski rentals, boat rentals, pontoon party barge rentals, parasailing, jetpack rentals, Texas iFloats, sunset tours, kayak rentals, sup rentals and house boat rentals. For more information, click here.
Cross Wake Marinas Accessories provides boat, jet skis, pontoon boats, rising boats, water-propelled jetpacks, boat accessories, Uhauls, flyboards and Texas iFloats. For more information, click here.
Sunchaser Marina sells and rents boat equipment and supplies, boat storage, boat maintenance and repair, marine equipment and supplies.