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Jan. 31 Lake & River Conditions for Canyon Lake

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Jan. 31 Lake & River Conditions for Canyon Lake

A lizard suns himself on the shores of Canyon Lake.

Current Conditions as of 10:38 a.m. Tuesday

  • Guadalupe River @ Spring Branch (Upper): 26.6 cfs
  • Guadalupe River @ Sattler (Lower): 62.0 cfs
  • Guadalupe River @ New Braunfels: 51.1 cfs
  • Canyon Lake Reservoir: 898.28 

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is releasing water from Canyon Reservoir into the Lower Guadalupe River at a rate of 63 cfs.

    Water flows into the Guadalupe River at Sattler will be turned off Wednesday, Jan. 25 for routine maintenance.

    The Corps is replacing Canyon Dam’s floodgate. Construction on the outlet is scheduled to run from Dec. 5 through April 15, 2023. Flow rates will vary drastically during this period. Flows will be turned off for up to 10 hours and then turned back on for 14 hours to allow for catch-up releases. To learn more about specific dates click here. If you plan to be on the water, see realtime updates hyperlinked below. This page is updated daily, not hourly.

    For updates about lake-and-river conditions visit wordcc.com or Canyon Lake (army.mil).

          During periods of heavy rain, flow rates can change rapidly and become dangerous. Central Texas is known as “flash-flood alley.” To see rates in realtime, visit this page maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey and look for Guadalupe Rv at Sattler, TX. Closures of the Comal River inside New Braunfels city limits will be posted on the New Braunfels Police Facebook page.

          For a better understanding of how release rates work and how they affect flow rates on the lower Guadalupe visit this page maintained by the Water-Oriented Recreation District of Comal County (WORD).

          Guadalupe River Threshold Flow Status

          • Up to 500 cfs   Recreational
          • 500 – 750 cfs   Challenging
          • 750 – 1000 cfs   Strenuous
          • 1000 – 3000 cfs   Extreme Caution; Tubing Not Recommended
          • 3000+ cfs   Dangerous; Guided Rafts Suggested

          Comal River Threshold Flow Status:

          • 100 – 500 cfs Recreational flow- safe for all activities – tubing open for all levels of swimmers
          • 500 – 1000 cfs Use extreme caution – all activities questionable – flows of this magnitude are usually caused by rainfall and involve turbid water and floating debris – contact river outfitters for more information
          • 1000 cfs River Closed

          For realtime streamflow data at all points along the Guadalupe, click here. For realtime streamflow data on the Comal, click here. To see U.S. Geological Service realtime data for the Guadalupe River @Sattler (Canyon Lake), click here.

          For more on everything water, visit wordcc.com or gbra.org.

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          1. Cindy M Millford March 14, 2021

            The link for the canyon lake live cam didn’t work

            1. Stephanie Johnson March 15, 2021

              Thanks for the catch!

          2. Nathan December 29, 2020

            What is the minimum flow needed to kayak/canoe the guadalupe at spring branch?

            1. Stephanie Johnson December 31, 2020

              We’re not kayyakers, so not sure! Check with Guadalupe Canoe Libery in Spring Branch or ask Guadalupe River State Park.

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