July 4 Weekend’s a Go for Canyon Lake Boat Ramps, Parks, Facilities and Tubing Services
All Canyon Lake parks, boat ramps and outdoor recreation facilities are open for the July 4 holiday weekend. Tubing services cannot rent tubes but visitors can bring their own then pay to park and access the Guadalupe River.
Comal County confirmed in a statement on Wednesday it has no plans to close the boat ramps it operates on Canyon Lake, but due to COVID-19 will deploy additional law enforcement to make sure the ramps are used only to launch and recover boats.
In late June, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closed the Guadalupe Trail parking lot due to vandalism, overcrowding, lack of social distancing and environmental and safety concerns.
However, no additional closures were announced this week despite earlier warnings.
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Tubing the Guadalupe River
As of Wednesday night, neither the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or the Water Oriented Recreation District of Comal County (WORD) have announced any plans for flows out of Canyon Dam to be increased.
Flows are around 75 cubic feet per second (cfs). Normal flows for this time of year are 292 cfs.
Although Gov. Greg Abbott issued an order closing tubing services and bars on June 26, tubing services on the Guadalupe River in Canyon Lake are circumventing that order by selling parking spaces to recreationalists who bring their own tubes.
Tube Haus, Shanty Tubes, Whitewater Sports, River Sports Tubes and the Chevron across the street from Shanty Tubes last weekend allowed people to park on their properties for a fee.
On its Facebook page, Tube Haus said it is charging $20 per vehicle, $5 for single-seat tubes and $10 for double-seat tubes.