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Things To Do Before School Starts Print E-mail

August has arrived with the new coming school year, and while we’re all rushing to the stores trying to get the latest in supplies, there’s still a special inch left in summer. That inch is where we all head out into the world with that one special summer goal that we have yet to accomplish. It’s definitely not too hot or cold for a day at the river or a pleasantly warm morning to cast a line out on the lake - or even take advantage of a weekend to spend with nature. Whatever your intentions are for a final summer blast, here’s what Canyon Lake has in store for you before school starts.

Whitewater. This awesome concert space has two more shows running in August. On the 19th, The Avett Brothers take the stage from 7pm to midnight - and during your final weekend on the 26th, have a final rock out with Gary Allan. Check out their website for tickets.

Toobing. In the hill country, everywhere you look there are toobers conglomerated on the rivers. An easy travel is the Horseshoe. Running along FM 306, just hop on at the bridge then float down, around, and meet the same bridge - you can hop on and off as much as you want. And a bit further down in New Braunfels, you’ll find the Comal offering the infamous ‘Chute. riversportstubes.com/shortfloat.htm

Boating + Fishing. What’s being at a lake if you can’t indulge yourself in a little boating fun? Use one of the public access boat ramps to use your own or rent one. The mornings are extremely welcoming for fishing while the afternoons offer a great swim. canyonlakechamber.com/water-recreation

Staycation. While a nice trip to the beach sounds enticing, there’s plenty of accommodations here in Canyon Lake that offer a great staycation. Whether it’s just a weekend spent in the great outdoors or staying indoors with a great view of the lake, you’ll feel worlds away without going a single mile. canyonlakechamber.com/places-to-stay

 
Vacation Planning in Canyon Lake: Lake Hangouts Print E-mail

 

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!

 
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.

 

 

 
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