Vacation Planning in Canyon Lake: Lake Hangouts Print


This summer, we’re looking in depth at some of the best ways to plan your vacation in Canyon Lake, the Water Capital of Texas. Visit our May and June blog posts to read about some great places to stay and tube down the Guadalupe River.  The third installment of our summer series takes a look at Canyon Lake itself and some of the best ways to enjoy its watery goodness!

First, boating is a popular activity on the lake, and for good reason!  With plenty of space to cruise and 80 miles of Hill Country shoreline to see, there is no better way to explore the region than on a boat.  But, you’ll need a place to either rent a boat or keep it docked - the Canyon Lake & Cranes Mill Marinas have you covered.  Both are family-oriented, full-service marinas dedicated to giving you and your family the most memorable experience possible.  Located on opposite ends of the lake, both marinas are conveniently accessible and provide a wide assortment of amenities, including a fully stocked Ship Store with name brand bathing suits, flip flops, sunscreen, towels, ice, snacks, and more, making your trip a one-stop shop!  Other amenities include wet slips, dry storage, fuel docks, and a service center.  Both marinas offer reasonably priced boat and Waverunner rentals through Suntex Watersports, where each rental comes with one full tank of fuel!  Additionally, the Canyon Lake Marina has its own on-site restaurant, the Baja BBQ Shack, which features boldly spiced American classics grilled over an open flame by the water’s edge.  Read more about the Canyon Lake & Cranes Mill Marinas at their website, or check out the boat rentals at Suntex’s site.

If you prefer to lounge on the shoreline and go for the occasional swim, there are two officially designated ‘swimming beaches’ on Canyon Lake.  Comal Park is on the southern shore of the lake, near Startzville, and features two boat ramps, 65 picnic sites, a children’s playground, restroom facilities, and a large swimming beach!  Upon arrival, ask the attendant at the park’s entrance for the official hours of close, as they vary depending on the weather and month.  Leashed pets are allowed in the park itself, but are not permitted on the beach or in the water.  Located on the north shore, opposite from Comal Park, Canyon Park features a comfortably sized beach, picnic tables, and an assortment of closable grills!  Monday-Friday hours are 1pm - Sunset; weekend hours are 8am - Sunset; and no pets are allowed within Canyon Park.  Both parks are operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - more information about Comal and Canyon Parks, as well as many other parks in the area, can be found on their official website .

From boating to swimming, Canyon Lake has it all!  Be sure to stop by the Visitor Center at 3934 FM 2673 for maps of the region and information about water levels, boat ramps, and much more!