Canyon Lake, Texas, USA

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All About Canyon Lake

Canyon Lake, with a maximum depth of 125 feet, is one of the deepest and most scenic lakes in Texas. Canyon Lake, formerly known as Canyon Reservoir, is on the Guadalupe River in the Texas Hill Country just 35 miles northeast of San Antonio and 40 miles southwest of Austin. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages Canyon Dam, Canyon Lake, and all adjacent property. The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority manages water rights, wastewater treatment, and hydroelectric generating facilities. Canyon Lake was completed in 1968,and was built to prevent flash flooding along the Guadalupe River and to assure the water supply for the communities downstream from the dam. It is also a popular recreational destination.

Considered by some to be the “Water Recreation Capital of Texas,” Canyon Lake is an exceptional place to visit year round for recreational activities such as boating, jet skiing, nature walks, bird watching, hiking & biking trails, sunset cruises on the lake, and river excursions. The lake area also offers a variety of restaurants and places to shop. Eight Army Corps of Engineer public parks with excellent outdoor recreation opportunities are scattered along Canyon Lake’s 80 miles of shoreline. Many of the parks have developed campsites for tents and trailers, as well as boat ramps, restrooms and picnic tables. A golf course, several marinas, yacht clubs, and a ski club are also located on the lake. Tubing is one of the favorite pastimes of water lovers playing on Canyon Lake.

For fans of fishing, largemouth bass is the most popular and most abundant fish in Canyon Lake. White bass, striped bass, and catfish also provide excellent opportunities to catch the “big one.” There is an annual stocking program because striped bass do not reproduce successfully in Canyon Lake. Rocky banks, rock ledges, flooded timber, and marinas provide cover for game fish in the lake.

There are many fascinating local attractions in the Canyon Lake area to entertain young and old. Schlitterbahn Water Park in nearby New Braunfels is considered to be among the top water parks in the world. Explore Natural Bridge Caverns, the largest known cavern in Texas. Go on a safari at Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch where you can view, photograph & feed species from all over the world from the comfort of your own vehicle.

Another very popular site is the Heritage Museum of the Texas Hill Country and Dinosaur Tracks. This museum is dedicated to preserving the memory and spirit of Native American Indians, the early pioneers who settled the area, and the development of Canyon Lake Dam. It sits on the site where hundreds of dinosaur tracks were discovered in the early 1980s. It is considered the most prolific site in Texas in terms of the number of tracks, estimated to be 100 million years old.

Whether you are looking for a fun getaway or a home surrounded by the natural beauty of Canyon Lake and the Texas Hill Country, Canyon Lake living is superb- an easy distance from the city, but far enough away in lifestyle and quality of life. Canyon Dam made development possible along the lakeshore and in the area downstream, which is now protected from periodic flooding. Even as the lake was filling, the first residential subdivisions began filling with permanent and part-time residents.

As they say at Canyon Lake, “Come for a weekend and stay a life time!”

Things to Do at Canyon Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Tubing
  • Golf
  • Camping
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • Museum

Fish Species Found at Canyon Lake

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Catfish
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Striped Bass
  • White Bass

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Recommended Sites to Book a Canyon Lake Vacation

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  • VRBO – Use VRBO to find the perfect lake rental home, condo, cabin, cottage or other vacation property.
  • – One of the world’s leading digital travel companies, connects travelers to everything from cozy B&Bs to luxury resorts.
  • Expedia – Expedia is a popular online travel agency with more than 140,000 lodging properties worldwide.
  • – With more than 325,000 hotels in 19,000-plus locations, is an industry leader in online accommodations.
  • TripAdvisor – Read traveler reviews and compare prices on hotels, vacation rentals and more at TripAdvisor.
  • Trivago – Trivago helps travelers compare deals for hotels and other accommodations from a variety of booking sites.
  • KAYAK – KAYAK scours hundreds of other travel websites at once to find the best deals on hotels and other travel-related services.
  • RVshare –RVshare connects travelers interested in renting a motorhome with owners who have RVs to rent.
  • CampSpot – Campspot offers premier RV resorts, family campgrounds, cabins and glamping options across North America.

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Canyon Lake Statistics & Helpful Links


Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed

Water Level Control: US Army Corps of Engineers

Surface Area: 8,230 acres

Shoreline Length: 80 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 909 feet

Minimum Elevation (Min Pond): 900 feet

Maximum Elevation (Max Pond): 950 feet

Average Depth: 43 feet

Maximum Depth: 125 feet

Water Volume: 382,000 acre-feet

Completion Year: 1968

Lake Area-Population: 16,870

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