Water recreation in the Canyon Lake and Guadalupe River area is a big deal! Canyon Lake is known as the Water Recreation Capital of Texas! Canyon Lake has twenty-two boat ramps and one up-river, for easy access. The US Army Corps of Engineers manages eight parks on Canyon Lake; two with swim beaches and all with boat ramps. Several parks offer rustic camping, RV parking, shelters, and picnic sites. It’s easy to stay and play at Canyon Lake.
Take a boat out for a little journey around the lake, enjoying 80 miles of shoreline and beautiful scenery, too. Bring your own, or rent your boating vehicle from Watercraft Rentals or Canyon Lake Marina. Boating safety information is available at the Chamber Visitor Center or from Water Oriented Recreation District, or W.O.R.D., at www.wordcc.com.
Tubing is the most popular sport on the Guadalupe, next to Rainbow Trout fishing. Sitting atop an inner tube and floating along in the cool waters of the river is enjoyed by hundreds of thousands each year. Snorkeling in the shallows and exploring the riverbank, you might find crawfish and perch, minnows and more. Raft trips are a great group experience and many outfitters have special deals for you – they will take you upriver, and drop you off. Just get out back where you started. Kayaking and canoeing are just as enjoyable. For outfitters along the lower Guadalupe, explore the River Outfitters in this section of our website. Many offer overnight accommodations, too. The Upper Guadalupe opened a new Paddling Trail in 2008 – Nichol’s Landing Paddling Trail. The water flow in the Upper Guadalupe depends on Mother Nature! Guadalupe River RV Park, Campgrounds and Nature Trails, an outfitter on the Upper Guad, can help you with your plans.
There are two designated swim beaches on Canyon Lake. Comal Park on the south is a day park with a playground area for children, picnic sites and a swim beach. Canyon Park on the north also has a swim beach. There are no lifeguards on duty; swim at your own risk.
Trout fishing is world-class on the lower Guadalupe. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Management and Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited stock the Canyon Tailrace area each year with various sizes of Rainbow Trout and fishermen from across the country stand elbow to elbow vying for their own fish just below Canyon Dam. Free access to the river here means get here early!
The Visitor Center located on the south side of Canyon Lake at 3934 F. M. 2673 offers free maps and a great amount of local information. The lake map indicates fish attractors, boat ramps, Corps of Engineer Parks, lake level depths and much more. If you are new to the area and the lake, picking up a map can help you enjoy your stay, and find what you need.
In the event of an emergency on the lake or river, call 911.