Comal County commissioners are expected to approve significant upgrades to Canyon Lake Boat Ramp #22, 808 Park Shores, at their Thursday meeting.
According to the agenda, 20 single-car spaces and 15 trailer spaces will be striped at the unkempt ramp, located next to the upscale and more popular Boat Ramp #23 in Mystic Shores.
Proper signage also will be installed. There is already adequate lighting and numbers of port-a-pots at that ramp.
The project calls for the addition of 880 cubic yards of fill and the removal of 880 cubic yards of material so there is no net loss of flood-storage capacity for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which leases the ramp to the county.
Construction is expected to be completed in time for the busy Memorial Day Weekend.
Both ramps are currently closed due to low lake levels.
The project is the culmination of almost three years of efforts by the Canyon Lake Boat Ramps Community Alliance (CLBRCA), which has worked closely with County Judge Sherman Krause to fix infrastructure issues identified in a 2022 community survey conducted by the alliance.
“We listened to the survey respondents and this is the beginning of the county going around the lake and improving the county-operated boat ramps,” said Doug Leecock, a spokesperson for the CLBRCA, who recently announced plans to run for Comal County Commissioner Pct. 1.
Commissioners originally earmarked $1 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) stimulus funds for the boat ramps, which have not been significantly upgraded in the 50 years since they were built to serve small subdivisions, not the tens of thousands of visitors who descend on Canyon Lake during the summer months.
However, that amount has since been reduced to $480,000.
To watch a YouTube video about Boat Ramp #22, click here.