Canyon Lake Gorge
It took Mother Nature millions of years to lay down Glen Rose limestone during the Cretaceous Era.
A good part of her handiwork washed away in July 2002, when up to 67,000 cubic feet of water-per-second flowed over Canyon Lake’s spillway for six weeks following extensive flooding in the Guadalupe River basin.
The result — carved mostly in just three days — is one of the area’s most-riveting natural wonders, Canyon Lake Gorge. Approximately one mile long, hundreds of yards wide and up to 50 feet deep, the land below the Canyon Lake Spillway features:
- dramatic vistas
- Hidden Valley Fault (within Balcones Fault Zone)
- geologic formations
- beautiful lagoons and waterfalls
- Trinity Aquifer
- biologic succession
- numerous seeps and springs
- 110 million-year-old dinosaur tracks
- extensive marine fossil diversity
- hydraulic dynamics of Glen Rose Limestone
Tours highlight the Power of Water theme to increase visitors’ appreciation of:
- Canyon Reservoir Project and Canyon Lake Gorge through partnership efforts between Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Gorge Preservation Society
- geology of Central Texas
- hydrogeology, especially the interconnectedness of groundwater and surface water
- interrelationship between humans and the physical environment
- process of biologic succession and common plants and animals found in natural communities of the gorge
- appreciation of and respect for natural environment.
For the protection of this unique 40-million-year-old time capsule, only guided tours are available and must be booked in advance.
The three-hour tours are physically demanding and participants must carry their own bottled water. Backpacks are strongly recommended.
2075 FM 2673, Suite D
Canyon Lake, TX 78133
For more information, visit canyon gorge.org or call 830-964-5424.