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The Lake & Rivers

Everything you need to know about Canyon Lake — the body of water, that is — including anything that’s affecting the lake, and stay informed with the latest news about the Guadalupe River, including if the flow rates are suitable for tubing.


Boat ramp #5
There are 23 boat ramps located around Canyon Lake.
sunning lizard
Guadalupe River Basin
The Zoom meeting is open to the public.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers water safety logo
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lake Manager Javier Perez Ortiz warns visitors not to swim at Overlook Park and to stick to swimming on Canyon Park Beach and Potters Creek Park. USACE does not operate Comal Park or Joint Base San Antonio, which also have designated swim beaches.
Prohibited and restricted unsafe zones around Lake Placid's dam
Prohibited and restricted unsafe zones around Lake Placid's dam. Image courtesy of GBRA.
boat ramp no. 1
A woman gravely injured in a boating accident on Canyon Lake July 18 was revived at Boat Ramp No. 1 but died several hours later from her injuries.
canyon lake boat ramp 1
Boat ramp No. 1, shown earlier today, was the scene of a boating accident. Image by Mark Robinson.
Canyon Lake Diver Chris Armstrong
Canyon Lake diver Chris Armstrong and dive master Raquel Salazar with Dive World Scuba in San Antonio display some of the trash they pulled off the bottom of Party Cove earlier this month. Scroll down to see the video.
Tubing the San Marcos River
Last day of tubing on the San Marcos River was June 25. Image by Tubing the San Marcos River Facebook page.
Hydrilla
Vegetation in Canyon Lake is usually limited and fluctuates through the years, but hydrilla and native pondweeds could be making a comeback due to a mild winter and stable lake levels. File image.
Game Warden search boat
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Captain Game Warden Javier Fuentes, standing in the front of the patrol boat around noon, confirmed the discovery of Luis Rodriguez' body. Image by Karla Held Photography.
Family of Luis Alexis Rodriguez
Extended family members arrived in Canyon Lake yesterday to help search for Luis Rodriguez (far right), who drowned in Canyon Lake on Sunday. From left: Father Pedro Rodriguez, mother Patricia and brother Pedro Rodriguez Jr.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Patrol Boat
Game wardens with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will use side-scan sonar equipment on its patrol boats today in an attempt to locate the body of 25-year-old Luis Alexandria Rodriguez, missing and presumed drowned after jumping off a boat into Canyon Lake to cool off on Saturday. File image.
comal county sheriff's office
Comal County Sheriffs's Office spokesperson Jennifer Smith said Rodriguez is Hispanic, 5 feet 6 inches tall, with black hair and brown eyes. He was wearing pink swim trunks when he jumped off a boat to cool off.
Enjoying the water at Canyon Park
Facebook image from Canyon Park.
Comal River in New Braunfels
Comal River Cam offers live views from the banks of the Comal River. Image by Comal River Cam.
tube haus
Tubing the Guadalupe River is still allowed provided you bring your own tube and can pay a tubing service for parking. Facebook image by Tube Haus.
Overlook Park
Unless recreationalists start picking up after themselves and behaving responsibly, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it will shut down popular sites like Canyon Lake's Overlook Park.
Canyon Lake guide
comal park sign
Water Oriented Recreation District of Comal County is dealing with trash problems created by the huge influx of visitors during COVID-19.
Canyon Lake USACE Manager Javier Perez
USACE Canyon Lake Manager Javier Perez said the Stilling Basin fence at Guadalupe Trail parking lot has been vandalized several times.
guadalupe River trail south
Guadalupe South's trailhead is located at the base of Canyon Dam at the far end of the southernmost parking area. It's a nearly one-mile-long scenic walk among the bald cypess-lined banks of the Guadalupe River. (Facebook image)
Brett Parker with non-venomous snake
Brett Parker holds a non-venomous western rat snake that he caught swimming in the Horseshoe Bend of the Guadalupe River in Canyon Lake. He advises recreationalists not to worry about snakes in the river or on Canyon Lake. Images courtesy of Brett Parker.
Water Oriented Recreation District of Comal County
Water Oriented Recreation District of Comal County (WORD) issues permits to water-related businesses, allowing it to collect user fees from customers visiting the district.
rainbow trout
Image courtesy of Youtuber Another Fish Tail.
Lake Whitney
Lake Whitney is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
WORD's Stash Your Trash bags
Water Oriented District of Comal County provides free trash grabbers and trash bags to anyone interested in helping with Canyon Lake's huge trash problem.
fishing on canyon lake
Image courtesy of sanantoniofishingguides.com.
Potters Creek Park in Canyon Lake
Potters Creek Park, operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is open year-round and offers RV and tent sites as well as overnight screened shelters, and a group site, all with electric and water hookups. Every site has a picnic table, fire ring, and grill, water and electricity. Park Amenities include flush toilets, showers, drinking water, and two dump stations. The park also has two boat ramps with docks, a fishing pier and beach. Rangers patrol the park and hosts are on-site year-round.
comal river near tube chute
File image of recreationalists on the Comal River near the Tube Chute.
comal county courthouse
The Comal County Recycling Center, which is usually closed Mondays, will be closed Tuesday in observance of the holiday. The recycling drop-off location in Spring Branch will be closed Monday, but the sites in Garden Ridge and Startzville will be open on Tuesday.
SUP boarding on the Guadalupe River
Enjoy kayaking and SUP-boarding on the Guadalupe River with Central Texas River Trips. Karla Held will help get you safely on the water and teach you how to stand up on a board and paddle -- or kayak.
Comal Park
Comal Park.
boats on canyon lake texas
Several flotillas of partiers drop anchor to enjoy the clear waters of Canyon Lake. This photo was taken before COVID-19 and does not reflect any best practices for social distancing. Image shot by Mark Robinson, owner of Holiday Lodge on Canyon Lake, during a helicopter flyover.
Swollen Guadalupe River
The Guadalupe River after today's storms, as seen from the bridge on FM 306 near Whitewater Sports and the Maricopa Lodge. This part of the river is known as the "horseshoe" by tubers. @KarlaHeldPhotography
flood sirens on river road
Some rain gauges south of Canyon Lake show as much as 13 inches of rain fell this morning.
guadalupe river flooding
The Guadalupe River @Sattler is flowing at a rate of 1,500 cubic feet per second following heavy rains in the Canyon Lake area this morning.
Comal Park
Water Recreation District of Comal County is reopening Comal Park this weekend. Only 200 vehicles will be allowed in the park at one time.
paddle boarding at dark
Experience the beauty of Thursday night's Super Flower Moon from a paddle board or kayak in Canyon Lake.
Canyon Lake boater
Image courtesy of Exploring Canyon Lake: Texas Best Kept Secret by Youtuber Stanley Orchard.
Boat Ramp #5
An aerial view of Boat Ramp #5, one of the most-crowded spots on Canyon Lake last weekend. Image courtesy of Donna Eccleston, Comal County Commissioner, Pct. 1.
Comal Park
Since it assumed responsibility for Comal Park, WORD has doubled the size of its swim beach and added a sand-beach section.
boat on canyon lake, texas
If passed, a proposed revision to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regulations would allow individuals to lawfully carry firearms at the lands and properties it manages, which include some Canyon Lake parks, facilities and boat ramps. Image courtesy of Mark Robinson with MJR Photography.
Water Oriented Recreation District of Comal County
WORD is a park-and-recreation district created by the Texas Legislature in 1987 and approved by Comal County voters in 1988. The district encompasses Canyon Lake and over 30 miles of floatable water on the Guadalupe River above and below Canyon Lake. 
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