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2015 Fun Fish Event

It's that time again!  WORD's 19 Annual Fun Fish Event is scheduled for Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Camp Huaco Springs on River Road. All kids ages 3-16 yrs. old are invited to come out and have a fun day of fishing on the Guadalupe River.  Registration is on the day of the event and starts at 10:30am. Download a form for quicker processing time.  Fishing begins at NOON sharp and stops at 3:30pm. The awards ceremony starts at 3:45pm.  Trophies will be awarded for the top three longest fish caught in each age category and every child that catches a fish receives a medal.  There will be over 2,000 fish stocked the morning of the event, with 40 of them being tagged for a chance to win $25 cash on the spot.  Download a Flyer Here.

In addition to the fishing tournament, there will be some fun and interactive stations set-up for the kiddos to play games, learn how to tie knots, casting, and much more!  

Fun Fish has grown tremendously over the years, with close to 3,000 people attending last year. We will need over 100 volunteers to make this event run smoothly. If you are interested in volunteering, call the WORD office today to sign up. The kids are amazing, and for some of them, this is their first exposure to fishing. 


Fun Fish Art Design Contest

Students in the community and local elementary schools were invited to participate in WORD’s 2nd annual Fun Fish art design contest. 

The Fun Fish committee looked at over 75 entries and finally narrowed it down to Cole Douglass, a 5th grade student at Johnson Ranch Elementary.  His design will go on the back of the Fun Fish t-shirts that are given out to registered participants at the 19th Annual Fun Fish Event held in February.

Ms. Cowsert kept it a secret and didn’t tell her students which design was selected or that WORD Staff was coming to the school.  It was quite a surprise to the class when we showed up to present Cole with a $100 Wal-Mart gift card in front of his class mates.  The kids came up with some great ideas and did a wonderful job creating  designs that were original and incredibly funny.  

Congratulations Cole and thank you to everyone that participated—hope to see you all at Fun Fish!

 

Guadalupe River Flood Siren System

About a year ago, WORD staff sat down with Comal County, the City of New Braunfels, and Guadalupe County.  The topic was collecting river data to be used in times of flooding, and we were considering funding additional USGS gauges along the river to provide data at places it was not being collected.

The question came up of whether there was a way to obtain real-time data rather than delayed data, since when the heavy rains come, there is often very little time to take action.  WORD put out a Request For Proposal to vendors and brought the results back to the group.  After a long process of discussion, a funding partnership was formed between these four entities to cover the over $300,000 project.  WORD has just entered into a contract with High Sierra Electronics for installation of a Local Flood Warning System.

This system will be comprised of 8 river gauge stations: One above Canyon Lake, 5 at the bridges from FM 306 down through River Road to 1st crossing, and 2 in the City of New Braunfels.

The gauges in the WORD District will include large warning sirens which can be set off automatically (Only if multiple readings agree that the river is rising past pre-set levels), or manually by Emergency Management officials if needed.  These stations will also have rain gauges.

The data will be sent through Comal County's base station and our hope is to have it available online to all within 3-5 minutes of real time.

The work is slated to begin in January and may be finished as early as April 1, with the plan being to be fully tested and operational before summer 2015 starts.

This system will replace and improve upon the existing system of local campground sirens.

 

2014 - 2015 Trout Stocking Schedule

Texas Parks & Wildlife will be stocking trout through January 2015 with the first stocking beginning Friday, December 5, 2014.  W.O.R.D. Board of Directors voted to grant $7500 to TPWD for trout stocking this season. There will be over 17k fish stocked during the winter months at the following locations: Guadalupe Park, Whitewater Sports, Rio Raft, Third Crossing, and Camp Huaco Springs.  According to the TPWD website, there are two sections on the Guadalupe River that are subject to special harvest regulations on rainbow and brown trout.  In these sections, all trout harvested must be caught on artificial lures, and the following bag and size limits are in effect:

  • Beginning 800 yards downstream from the Canyon Dam release gate and extending to the easternmost bridge on FM Road 306, there is a 12 -18 in. slot limit.  Trout 12 in. and under or 18 in. and longer may be retained.  Daily bag limit is 5 trout, and only one can be 18 in. or longer.
  • From the easternmost bridge on FM 306 downstream to the second bridge crossing on River Road, there is an 18 in. minimum size limit, and a one trout daily bag.

Trout will be stocked on the following dates:  December 5, 12, 19, 26 and January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. Visit TPWD website for additional information.  

Current Boat Ramp Status

There are 23 boat ramps located around Canyon Lake.   Due to declining water elevations, certain ramps have been closed.  The chart below lists each ramp, location, and status as of November 11, 2014 or for a printable version of Canyon Lake and location of ramps, fees, and operators, click here.  

Other sites with information on Canyon Lake boat ramps:

-Comal County Road Department-Boat Ramps
-U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

RAMP # LOCATION  STATUS
 1 Canyon Lake Village Open
 2 Canyon Lake Village West Closed
 3  Comal Park East Closed 
 4 Comal Park West Closed
 5 Canyon Lake Forest Closed
 6 Canyon Lake Hills 1-East Open
 7  Canyon Lake Hills 2-West Closed
 8  Canyon Springs Resort Closed
 9 Cranes Mill Marina Closed
 10 Cranes Mill Park Closed
 11 Cypress Cove-Rebecca Creek Closed
 12 Lake Canyon Yacht Club Open
 13 Randolph AFB Closed
 14 Jacob's Creek 1 Open 
 15 Jacob's Creek 2 Open
 16 Ft. Sam Houston Closed
 17 Little Jacob's Creek Open
 18 Canyon Park Campground Closed
 19 Canyon Park Marina Open
 20 Potter's Creek East Open
 21 Potter's Creek West Open
 22 Canyon Lake Shores Closed
 23 N. Cranes Mill-Mystic Shores Closed



Keep Canyon Lake Beautiful 2014 Fall Clean Up Event

Nearly 100 volunteers signed up to collect trash along the shoreline of Canyon Lake and the Horseshoe on the Guadalupe River this month.  Two separate cleanup events were planned for volunteers to go out and pick-up trash off the waterways.

Approximately 30+ volunteers from Close to Home 4H Club showed up to clean the Horseshoe on October 9. They collected a total of 46 bags of trash and other large debris. This is a highly visited area during the summer months with tons of trash left behind from locals and visitors. Event organizer and WORD board member Jennifer Bretzke arranged for the use of kayaks, supplies, shuttle service, and a location to take out all the trash.  Close to Home 4H Club did an incredible job picking up trash off of this popular stretch of river.

There were over 60 volunteers in the second cleanup that met on October 18 at various locations around the lake.  Volunteers were able to access the shoreline through boat ramps and Corps parks.  They collected over 200 yellow mesh bags of trash.  Everyone did a wonderful job and worked hard to get as much trash picked up as possible.  The following  groups/individuals that helped with the lake cleanup are  Canyon Lake Divers, CLHS Octagon Club, CL Fire/EMS, Mountain Valley NJHS, lake area residents, Saddle Slappers 4H Club, WORD staff, and Board Member Doug Carver.  After a morning of walking the shoreline, many of the volunteers headed back to the WORD office for a pizza lunch. 

THANK YOU to the following businesses for donating services, supplies and food to the cleanup:  Canyon Lake Divers, Italian Garden, Lowe's Supermarket, Rio Raft, and WORD of COMAL COUNTY.

This cleanup event was a huge success with over 250 bags of trash collected from both cleanup days. Thank you to all the volunteers that came out to help. It was a lot of fun and quite impressive to see that many people show up and take pride in our area. The next event is scheduled for Saturday, April 11, 2015.  Call the WORD office at 830-907-2300 for more details or to sign up.

 


Alternate Routes to Canyon Lake

During busy summer months, there is a high volume of traffic coming into Canyon Lake due to concerts and holiday weekends. To avoid delays, refer to this map for alternate routes into the WORD district. For information on Whitewater Amphitheater's concert schedule, visit their website at http://www.whitewaterrocks.com/.

Water Safety Events this Summer

The South Central Texas Water Safety Coalition  (SCTWSC) seeks to improve water safety knowledge and practices amongst all recreationalists through education and awareness programs, outreach events, and inter-agency cooperation, cost and resource sharing.  The goal of these programs is to reduce or eliminate water-related accidents and drownings within the region.  The Coalition is comprised of local agencies that bring fun and educational activities to adults and kids through events such as Fun Fish, Thru the Chute, Progressive Agriculture Safety Day, river and lake activities, and Junior Deputy Academy. Each year the Coalition teaches hundreds of kids and adults how to be safe in and around the water. 
 Participants play games that reinforce water safety practices including how to select and put on a life jacket, saving  Buddy Bob by using a throw rope (sometimes wearing fatal vision goggles at the same time), kayaking, and answering water trivia questions. Participants receive cool prizes like frisbees, koozies, water bottles, and water boxes. For more information about upcoming events this summer, visit the SCTWSC website at http://www.texaswatersafety.com/.  If you would like to be a part of this FUN and exciting organization, call the WORD office at (830)907-2300.  Have a safe summer and remember:  THINK, DON'T SINK!

Tri-County Reverse 911 Emergency Notification

In the event there is a man-made or natural disaster in the area, local officials have the ability to send emergency messages to all standard voice and text communication devices you register, making you aware of situations and giving instructions on how to respond by using a “Reverse 911” emergency call-out system. It's a quick and easy process that takes only minutes to complete.  To begin receiving alerts, you must register by going to  http://www.co.comal.tx.us/Tri_County_Reverse_911.htm and click on the link that says "Register Here with the Regional Emergency Notification Service."  Don't forget to log in to your email that was used during the registration process to activate your account.  

Nichol's Landing Access Fee

For the last four years, the price structure at Nichol’s Landing has been $3 per car for residents of Comal County and $5 per car for out of county visitors.  Due to the increasing costs to operate the park from
Memorial Day through Labor day,  the nominal fee that has been charged since 2008  is no longer adequate to maintain the area.

 To address this issue, the WORD Board of Directors voted to change the fee structure to a $4 per adult and $2 per child 12 and under entrance fee effective  May 18, 2013.