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Public Hearing To Consider New Rules for Canyon Lake Boat Ramps Scheduled for Thursday

Summer lines are usually long at Canyon Lake boat ramps. File image of Boat Ramp 1.

A public hearing to consider new rules and regulations for Canyon Lake’s nine county-operated boat ramps is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Thursday at Comal County Commissioners Court, 100 N. Seguin Ave., New Braunfels.

A vote on the motion before the court follows the public hearing.

Regulations governing Canyon Lake’s county-operated boat ramps have not been updated since 1994.

To see the proposed new regulations for county boat ramps, click here. To review existing rules, click here.

Boat ramps operated by the county are 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 22 and 23. Water Oriented Recreation District of Comal County (WORD) leases Comal and Canyon parks from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Boat ramps in those parks, 3, 4 and 18, fall under USACE guidelines. USACE operates 10, 17, 20 and 21. Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) is responsible for boat ramps 14, 15 and 16. Canyon Lake Yacht Club operates 12, Crane’s Mill Marina 9, and Canyon Marina 19.

Also on the agenda at Commissioners Court are amendments to plats, a change order for the Comal County Landa/Annex Building, the Comal County Tax Assessor-Collector’s monthy collection report for May, the Bexar Metro 9-1-1 2022 budget, appointment of a new Trinity Groundwater Conservation District board member, and detention-services agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice.

To review the court’s full agenda, click here.


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  1. Thomas July 30, 2021

    As a resident for almost 5 years, the major problem is parking and people using the boat docks as swim, fish and party docks. There are no other places for boat owners to go to launch their boats, and keep in mind, boat ramp rules have not changed for almost 30 years. There are at least 6 other public parks/beaches to use for everything else. If you live close to the boat ramp and want to walk in and down the beach, OK. But please leave your car at home! There isn’t enough parking for those launching boats let alone everyone else. Yes, the other parks are not free, but they do have a reduced rate for residents. Comal county is printed on your cars registration sticker. So be sure to drive a locally registered vehicle and not your guests from out of town. If we work together we can keep the boat ramps free, otherwise they will most likely all be gated and charge a fee!

  2. Dave Glascock June 22, 2021

    I would like to see there become more NO WAKE zones around the boat ramps. The boats for the most part do well with there egress to and from the lake but the Jet Skiers are careless and speed at full throttle where ever they go. I live close to Ramp 23 and the Jet Skiers place buoys in the water and race each other every weekend. the noise is horrendous and they are constantly falling off. They have had run-ins with kayaks and people on float tubes that are just trying to enjoy themselves. There are so many VRBO and AirBnB on and around the lake. Lots of folks who would like to have access to the lake and yet be safe out there.

  3. Barry Dickens June 11, 2021

    I live near two boat ramps and walk down to them often with my dog. Do not make changes that would adversely affect that.

  4. Kate League June 10, 2021

    If this law is passed, access to the lake will be mostly gone for the people who live here. I hope this doesn’t happen because this will take the joy out of the few years of my life. I would not want to go thru another move but the lake is why I live here! I could buy a boat so I can park by lake access! I hope there is a place with access to park and walk/swim without paying fees.

    My thoughts are OMG, what is going to happen now.

  5. Jeff Arnold June 9, 2021

    I live very close to a boat ramp and that is my only access to the lake that I love. If there were other public access point, that would be one thing but to deny me the ability to access the lake altogether just because I can’t afford a boat is ridiculous. I would support making it a minimum of 100 yards from the ramp for fishing, etc. to ease congestion but cutting me off from the lake due to my financial situation is just wrong. ALL residents deserve to enjoy the lake, not just those rich enough to afford a boat!

  6. Michael June 9, 2021

    Our boat ramps and parking should be only be for the launching and recovery of boats . Parking should be for boat trailers and attached vehicles. Think a couple ramps should be for Comal County residents only.

  7. Kathy Beam June 8, 2021

    That is disappointing to know. If the county could ask for ID to make sure we live here & ask the ones whom don’t live here to leave unless they’re on vacation.

  8. Tony Becker June 8, 2021

    Amendments to the rules pertaining to boat ramp use are long overdue, much has changed in the area since 1994. The new rule language will help prevent “ramp rage” situations and hopefully will be seen as protective elements to all using the ramps.

  9. Victoria Blair June 8, 2021

    Can we please open a beach for people that live here 😒

  10. Ian Martin June 8, 2021

    Is there an option to join the hearing remotely, ie Zoom?

    1. Ian Martin June 8, 2021

      I’ve since learned you call log into an RSS feed on the County website, so listen only, but can hear things unfold live…

  11. Michael G June 8, 2021

    As a Lake resident, I understand the issues with the overcrowding, traffic issues surrounding the boat ramps during the summer season. I am specifically opposed to item for consideration 3.05, pertaining to accessing USACE lake frontage from the boat ramp. i enjoy walking around the lake shoreline, fishing away from the boat ramp. I feel like public access is ok but if public access that leads to littering, alcohol consumption issues, fishing without a license should be policed.

  12. Anna Miller June 7, 2021

    It seems to me that current regulations are not being enforced. How will that be different with new regulations?

  13. These proposed rules will help to keep citizens safe and protect the flora and fauna that live in and around the lake.

    1. Eric June 11, 2021

      So can we still use the public boat ramp to access the public lake property? I did the county just take the public’s access to the public property away as if the public’s taxes and county taxes didn’t pay for it all ?

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