Don’t just complain about traffic, trash and swimmers at Canyon Lake boats ramps — complete the county’s online survey, posted on the county’s social-media sites and website, MyComalCounty.com.
The survey closes Friday, March 11.
Its purpose is to help county officials better understand community concerns and issues related to county-operated boat ramps. Data collected by the survey also will be used to develop solutions for those who use them as well as for the residents who live around them.
“Look, the survey is designed to gather feedback, whether positive or negative, from a broad range of people that use the ramps,” said Doug Leecock, who serves on the Canyon Lake Boat Ramps Community Alliance (CLBRCA), a group of citizens working with the county to resolve issues at boat ramps.
“Once the data is gathered, the expectation of the alliance is that the county will put the data into a meaningful format and share this information with everyone, because heck, what good is it if you don’t share the information you just asked everyone to provide and work towards solutions?” he said. “All along, the county has been talking about workshops and communication. This survey is the first important step so we can develop a meaningful, implementable plan. So please complete the survey and be a part of the process. Thank you!”
One of MyCanyonLake.com’s readers, Kandy Roby, wasn’t so charitable. She left this message in the comments section:
“Boat ramp #5, is out of Control! Boat trailers parked all the way up to our pool area, on private property in the median and double deep. The number of people using the boat ramp to launch, is closer to 50, instead of the 18 parking spots designated, not to mention all the additional day picnickers with pop-ups, swimming in that boat launching area. This is extremely dangerous.
“People swimming as boats are launching and by the end of the day five to six boats (are) waiting to load at one time making it hard for boaters, some of which are inexperienced! My neighbor waited 1 1/2 hours to recover his boat, he said people were arguing and fighting in the boat ramp line, his daughter was driving the boat waiting in the water and didn’t feel safe with all the swimmers so close to the boat.
“The rentals are a huge problem (jet skis and longboards), they hang out in the boat ramp launching area too. Clogging it up further, not following the no-wake rules, and making it even harder for the boats to launch and load. It’s like a minefield of swimmers, jet skis and longboards and then add alcohol to this equation!
“Day campers flooding the shoreline because Comal Park fills up quickly and then closes. They walk or drive cars down the boat ramp or cut across private property to access the shoreline, bringing with them dogs that are not on leashes, tents, barbecue pits, ice chest, floats (they too are floating in the launching area) with parties of 10-20, leaving behind a mess! They also walk onto private property to use tables, chairs and have stolen our items too! We have found hypodermic needles, can smell pot, found pot paraphernalia, beer cans, glass bottles, diapers, trash, and people urinating and defecating in the brush on private property! This shoreline is not set up to be a park, one port-o- potty and one trash bin, as you leave the boat ramp!
“Very little police supervision, and as homeowners we do not have anyone to back us up, there is one officer at the boat ramp and he is overwhelmed! Not everyone leaves at dark, trucks are parking on the the shoreline late into the night!
“It looks like Spring Break at Port Aransas!”
On Feb. 11 county Judge Sherman Krause issued a draft outline of his long-awaited Comal County Boat Ramps Operations Plan.
He said it provides a framework that will serve as a basis for input from the public and key stakeholders.
The county has $1 million in funds from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 that are earmarked for improvements at county boat ramps.
The draft does not hint how that money might help alleviate overcrowding and other issues at the county-operated boat ramps — the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Joint Base San Antonio and marinas own and or operate the other 14 boat ramps — but it offers the first clear picture of what the county envisions for the future of its problematic boat ramps.
Krause’s proposed plan provides a framework that will serve as a basis for input from the public and key stakeholders.
The plan’s guiding principles are public safety, environmental protection, lake access, consistency and ease-of-use, season, and impact to neighborhoods/parks/facilities.