Enjoy the Holiday Weekend at the Newly Reopened Canyon Park
The 485-acre Canyon Park reopened to visitors Thursday after the Water Oriented Recreation District of Comal County (WORD) leased the park from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and began working on a series of improvements.
Located on the north shore of Canyon Lake, Canyon Park has picnic sites, one boat ramp, a pea-gravel-and-sand beach, and restrooms throughout the park. The park includes Canyon Swim Beach and the Madrone Trail.
Canyon Park was classified as a “primitive campground” by USACE, which closed parts of it in the late 1980s due to the cost to maintain the areas, including mowing, cleaning, and dumpster services, USACE spokesperson Clayton Church said.
Last year Canyon Park campground completely closed due to COVID.
Canyon Park’s new hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends. On weekdays, the swim beach is only open from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The gatehouses close at 6 p.m. and no entries are allowed after that time. The entrance fee is $10 per car for all vehicles for the first year of operation. Discounts/passes may follow after WORD establishes baseline visitation and expenses.
All swim beach and main-park sites are first-come, first-served. Reservations are not available. Overnight camping is not permitted at this time. The park is day-use only. WORD will post pavilion rental availability to its website next week. Visit wordcc.com for updates.
The Madrone Trail remains free for public use. WORD said it will add staff to manage the park and plans to increase the frequency of “cleanings.”
Seasonal passes and other USACE discounts cannot be honored, WORD said in a press release.
Anticipated improvements include:
- Extending and adding a sand section to the swim beach
- Adding grills throughout the park
- Adding a new swim beach
- Renovating all restrooms
- Replacing shade canopies for picnic sites
- Adding sand volleyball and soccer
- Major Madrone Trail improvements
“It will take time to renovate and repair the amenities and we thank you for your patience as we make that happen,” said WORD General Manager Mike Dussere.
USACE Canyon Lake Manager Javier Perez Ortiz said he is confident in WORD’s ability to operate and upgrade the park successfully.
“We believe WORD will be an excellent steward of Canyon Park and will be able to offer an exceptional recreational experience to our residents and visitors,” he said.
Water Oriented Recreation District of Comal County (WORD) is a park-and-recreation district created by the Texas Legislature in 1987 and voted for by the residents of Comal County in 1988.
The district encompasses Canyon Lake and over 30 miles of floatable water on the Guadalupe River above and below Canyon Lake. It exists within Comal County north of Highway 46 to the west beginning at Guadalupe River State Park and runs east to the New Braunfels city limits.