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Vacation Planning in Canyon Lake: Where to Float Print E-mail

Now that the middle of June has arrived, it’s officially summer in Canyon Lake! And you know what that means - it’s time to spend the majority of the next few months in the water! If you’re planning a float trip down the Guadalupe River, you’ll need to be prepared. Here are a few of the best water recreation providers in town.

Gruene River Company is a New Braunfels classic, and have been providing visitors with some of the best floats down the Guadalupe since 1972!  They offer a range of trips from the brief 2.5-hour float to the full 8-hour float and can provide tubes, kayaks, and rafts. Here are a few of their suggested floats: for families, consider floating from Gruene River Company’s central location to Cypress Bend Park - it’s a scenic, calm experience perfect for novice swimmers. On the opposite end of the spectrum is the thrilling Whitewater to Gruene Bridge run, which includes Clutter Falls and Gruene Rapids. For more information, visit their website or drop by in person at 1404 Gruene Road.

The good folks at Whitewater don’t just provide high-caliber music at Whitewater Amphitheatre - they also can set you up with one of the most scenic floating experiences in the area!  Located downriver at the end of the Horseshoe Loop, Whitewater’s custom floating experiences are unparalleled.  For a shorter float, hop on their free shuttle to the top of the Horseshoe and coast back down to Whitewater - or take the full ride past the Amphitheatre down to the Fourth Crossing! Afterward, there’s no better way to chill out after a relaxing float than with a drink and some live music at Whitewater Amphitheatre!  Learn more about Whitewater Sports here and check Whitewater Amphitheatre’s schedule here .

Finally, did you know that the Lazy L&L Campground also offers tubing rates?  Their location 10 miles west of New Braunfels is the perfect spot to start a float that hits the most exciting parts of the Guadalupe, including the Devil’s Playground Rapids, Bad Rock Rapids, and several natural fast-paced chutes!  Check out all the information about Lazy L&L’s water recreation here.

Read up on things like the river flow, water levels, and safety recommendations on the Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce website to make your trip as safe as it is fun!

 
Vacation Planning in Canyon Lake: Where To Stay Print E-mail

 

With one month to go until the official first day of Summer (June 20, if you’re counting), it’s time to start planning your vacation!  As the Water Recreation Capital of Texas, the Canyon Lake region is packed with exciting events, fun activities, and tranquil natural areas.  In order to make the most of your trip, your lodging should be booked well in advance.  Here are a few ideas to kick-start your vacation planning into high gear.

First, why not make your stay as comfortable as possible by booking a vacation home with Canyon Lake Ranch?  Peacefully nestled in the Hill Country, Canyon Lake Ranch features all the amenities you would expect from a luxury cabin.  It features two lodges - the Starview Lodge, which includes a private pool/hot tub, indoor sauna, and fireplace for an intimate romantic getaway, and the Longhorn Lodge, which has a large fenced yard with chiminea, private hot tub, and plenty of shaded porch space, perfect for a family outing.  Learn more about Canyon Lake Ranch - and the peaceful Texas Longhorns that roam the property - at their website!

If you prefer a modern styling and an assortment of options, you’ll love Mystic Quarry, the newly-renovated set of cottages and campsites ‘nestled in stardust’. Still, in progress, the site will feature a rooftop deck for sunset-gazing, hiking and biking trails, bocce ball courts, firepits, and more!  Mystic Quarry currently has several cabins open for reservations - but, if you currently live in the area, stop by on May 20 for their grand opening event!  For more information, visit their Facebook page or their website.

Don’t miss the Rio Guadalupe Resort if you’re looking for a riverside lodging!  A family-oriented property, Rio Guadalupe has 25 cabins, RV hookups, an event center, and a large swimming pool, and is conveniently located on the banks of the Guadalupe River, making it easy for you to begin your float trip!  Read more at their website.

Finally, if you want a lakeside experience, Canyon Lakeview Resort has one of the best views of Canyon Lake.  Its set of lodge suites and cathedral cabins are perched at the end of a peninsula extending out into the center of the lake, providing a full range of breathtaking views directly on the water.  For more information, or to view their live lake webcam feed, visit their website.

From quintessentially Texan experiences to lakeside luxury, Canyon Lake has a lodging for every style, group, and budget.  For even more places to stay, check out the Canyon Lake Area Chamber of Commerce’s business directory!

 
5 Things to Do Around Canyon Lake This Summer Print E-mail

We’ve all been barreling through Spring very quickly, and before you know it, summer will hit us with its 90-100+ degree Texas heat. The kids will be out of school and the vacation atmosphere will be in the air. Planning for summertime can be awfully meticulous - especially if you’re planning to go out of town for a weekend trip - but there’s still plenty of fun summer opportunities for both locals and tourists to have. And since the season’s starting up soon, it’s time to start thinking about that summer vacation, now.

Here are 5 Things To Do Around Canyon Lake This Summer:

 

  • Boating: Get out on Canyon Lake, this summer. It’s only the seasonal times when we really get the chance to enjoy the lake like this. You are allowed to bring your own or rent a boat from Watercraft Rentals or the Canyon Lake Marina

  • Fishing/Swimming: Want a peaceful morning before the noon and afternoon craziness on the lake? Fishing is always a great way to start the day. The local docks are always near the two designated swimming areas; Comal Park (south side of the lake) and Canyon Park (north side of the lake.) More details can be found at on our water recreation page

  • Tubing: One of our well-known attractions, thanks to the Guadalupe River. Heading down FM 306, towards New Braunfels, you’ll find our infamous Horseshoe; a grand section of Guadalupe that guests can get on, get off, and get back on in walking distance. Regulated services and river outfitters can be found at on our river outfitters page.
  • Whitewater: Summertime isn’t the only thing back in town. The great Whitewater Amphitheater will get back into the swing of things this season. Whitewater has provided an amazing venue for artists that will get you out of your seats. For performance dates and more, please visit whitewaterrocks.com

 

Looking for a place to stay here in Canyon Lake? Check out our Places To Stay page for Bed & Breakfasts, Campgrounds, Resorts, and more.

 

 

 
Spotlight: Area Attractions Print E-mail

 

In addition to its aquatic activities, the Canyon Lake area is replete with entertaining and educational attractions, many of which that are accessible even on cooler Spring days! Take a look at a few of the entertainment venues the Hill Country has to offer:

First, are you interested in aviation? If so, be sure to visit the Commemorative Air Force Central Texas Wing . Founded to acquire, restore, and preserve classic military aircraft, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) aims to entertainingly teach visitors of all ages about World War II’s aerial action. The Central Texas Wing’s hangar museum features six restored aircraft, as well as several vehicles owned by CAF members.

Next, what better way is there to experience the splendor of the Hill Country than to spend the day outdoors going on a trail ride hosted by Sunnye’s Stables !  With twelve horses suitable for beginners to advanced riders, Sunnye’s Stables offers an assortment of rides, from trails in the woods to rides through several of the region’s beautiful state parks.

Continue exploring the wilderness with a guided tour of the Canyon Lake Gorge!  Following the area’s massive 2002 flood, this breathtaking landscape was unearthed, featuring dramatic vistas, lagoons, waterfalls, geologic formations, and even dinosaur tracks!  For the protection of the Gorge and safety of its visitors, all tours must be scheduled in advance.

Finally, are you looking for some high-quality music?  Stop by Whitewater Amphitheater for some of the best the Hill Country has to offer!  Whitewater is notable for how it incorporates the natural beauty of the nearby Guadalupe River into its intimate performance space.  In the next month, headlining artists include The Avett Brothers, Willie Nelson, and The Mavericks!  Visit their website for dates and ticket information.

 
Award Banquet 2017 Print E-mail

The annual Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet was held on January 20, 2017 and was attended by a wide variety of organizations.  Established to allow members of the community to give proper recognition to the businesses and individuals that have positively impacted Canyon Lake, the Awards Banquet is a much-anticipated event.  Here are the winners from this year’s banquet.

Community Spirit Award - The Community Spirit Award is presented to an individual or individuals who embody the principles of community leadership, selflessness, and integrity, and who regularly promote the good of the community through his/her profession and/or volunteer activities.  The winner and nominees are:

*WINNER: Henry Steinhagen*

Dana Cowan (Freedom Mechanical A/C)

Scott Mozisek (Canyon Lake Photo)

Toby Kerr


Beautification Business Award
- The Beautification Business Award goes to a business or organization in the area that demonstrate above-average efforts in maintaining their property.  The winner and nominees are:

*WINNER: Brookshire Brothers - Canyon Lake*

Hill Country Allstate Insurance

Serenity Event Center

Hill Country Furnishings

 

Non-Profit Organization Award - The Non-Profit Award is given to an organization that goes above and beyond in their support of the Chamber of Commerce and is consistent in their willingness to lend a helping hand. The winner and nominees are:

*WINNER: Joint Base SA at Canyon Lake*

VFW Post 8800 Startzville

St. Francis by the Lake

Lake Canyon Yacht Club

 

Business of the Year Award - The Business of the Year Award goes to an exemplary business that has stood out for their superior customer service, dedication to the community, and vision for the future.  The winner and nominees are:

*WINNER: Tri-City Distributors*

DMJ, Tech

Prosperity Bank Sattler

Tripps Electric

 

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners and nominees!  Thank you for making 2016 a spectacular year in Canyon Lake.

 
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