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Lake & River Conditions

Lake & River Conditions

Our news page has been down for awhile and we have recently been able to make updates again.  There are still some kinks to work through, but should be resolved soon.  Thank you for your patience as we work through the issues.  

All boat ramps except 21 and 22 are open at this time.  The lines to launch watercraft have drastically decreased now that there are more ramps to launch from.  Currently, the lake level is slightly above 909 msl, very close to normal elevation.  

Flows on the Guadalupe River are down to safe recreational levels for tubing and kayaking. After July 4 weekend, the flows were reduced to the 300cfs range and have pretty much stayed there for most of the month.  On July 30, GBRA released the following information on releases for Canyon Dam:


Today, Canyon Reservoir's elevation reached 909.32 mean sea level (msl). Water from the seasonal pool is almost exhausted. Without significant rain, GBRA staff anticipates Canyon will reach its conservation pool of 909 msl early next week. At that time, GBRA likely will reduce the release rate at Sattler to 200 cubic feet per second (cfs), honoring contracts with downstream customers, a contract with Trout Unlimited, environmental flows, and FERC requirements.

Updates to changes in flow releases can also be found on our Facebook page

WORD's recommended flow limits for the Guadalupe River in the unincorporated areas of Comal County (outside New Braunfels city limits) are:

   Up to 500 cfs   Recreational

Current Boat Ramp Status

Current Boat Ramp Status

There are 23 boat ramps located around Canyon Lake. The chart below lists each ramp, location, and status as of August 4, 2015 or for a printable version of Canyon Lake and location of ramps, fees, and operators, click here.  

Informational Buoys Coming to Canyon Lake

Informational Buoys Coming to Canyon Lake

After hearing concerns from law enforcement and safety agencies who respond to boating accidents, disabled vessels, and medical emergencies on Canyon Lake, WORD has taken on a project to aid boaters in knowing where they are on the lake during the day and at night. The project consists of two parts. First, a line of numbered buoys on the water stretching from west to east in the approximate center of the lake. These buoys are for informational purposes only and do not denote hazards or a clear channel, although they will be placed for the most part on the old river channel which is generally the deepest part of the lake.

The second part of the project is to place large reflective signage at every boat ramp around the lake facing out towards the water. This will aid people in both knowing where they are and finding the ramp they launched from. WORD expects this project to be completed by the first part of June.


Chart of River Laws on the Guadalupe

The river laws in the unincorporated area of Comal County (Canyon Lake) are different than the laws within the City of New Braunfels. The chart below lists these differences on the Guadalupe River only.

River Laws Map River Laws Chart

For more information on river laws in New Braunfels, visit their website at