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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 April 2, 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 Open
 3  Comal Park East Closed 
 4 Comal Park West Open
 5 Canyon Lake Forest Closed
 6 Canyon Lake Hills 1-East Open
 7  Canyon Lake Hills 2-West Closed
 8  Canyon Springs Resort Open
 9 Cranes Mill Marina Open
 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 Open
 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



WORD's 18 Annual Fun Fish Event

This year's event was a huge success with close to 3,000 people in attendance, our biggest Fun Fish ever!  Over 2,500 trout were stocked on the morning of the event and it is estimated that 400-500 plus fish were caught throughout the day.  Participants that caught a tagged fish received $25 on the spot and every child that caught a fish received a medal.  In addition, there were 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophies awarded in each age group for the longest fish caught and one overall grand prize winner.  There were also educational tables set-up with different activities such as water safety games, how to tie knots, casting, and other topics related to fishing.  TPWD brought out their Operation Game Thief trailer again this year to teach kids about poaching.  All in all, it was a great day for everyone.

WORD would like to extend a big thank you to all the volunteers and sponsors that helped make Fun Fish a success.  This year's sponsors include the following businesses:  Camp Huaco Springs, Culligan Water, GVTC, High Sierra, Progressive Waste Management, Pure Fishing, Pure Party Ice, Rust Game Place, TPWD, and Union Pacific.  These businesses come forward year after year and so graciously donate goods and services to Fun Fish. Thank you so much!  Mark Robinson at Holiday Lodge was our photographer this year and we've posted some of his pics on Facebook.  Check them out...they are pretty amazing!

We look forward to next year's event which is already set for Sunday, February 22, 2015.  Hope to see you all there. 

2nd Annual Keep Canyon Lake Beautiful

WORD of Comal County is planning their 2nd Annual Keep Canyon Lake Beautiful event, a community wide cleanup effort to pick up trash around the lake, parks, and popular roadways on Saturday, April 5. This is also the same day as the Don't Mess With Texas Trash-Off, a statewide cleanup event where volunteers from all over will be picking up trash across the state of Texas.

We are looking for volunteers in our local area for just a few short hours beginning at 9am on April 5th. Individuals, families, groups, organizations, and businesses are all invited to join in. Supplies and refreshments will be provided. This is also a great opportunity for students to earn community service hours.  Last year's event was a lot of fun and a huge success with over 2,000 pounds of trash collected!  For more information, view our flier, contact us at (830)907-2300 or email us at info@wordcc.com.

2013 - 2014 Trout Stocking Schedule

Texas Parks & Wildlife will be stocking trout through January 2014 with the first stocking beginning Friday, December 6, 2013.  W.O.R.D. Board of Directors voted to grant $7500 to TPWD for trout stocking this season. There will be a total of 20,821 fish stocked during the winter months at the following locations: Guadalupe Park, Whitewater Sports, Rio Raft, Third Crossing, and Camp Huaco Springs.  Please note special regulations are in effect from the second bridge crossing on River Rd. upstream to the easternmost bridge crossing on FM 306.  In this area there is an 18 inch minimum size limit, a one trout daily bag, and the restriction that only trout caught on artificial lures may be harvested.  Anglers may fish with all other legal means and methods and may harvest all fish except trout.

Trout will be stocked on the following dates:  December 6, 13, 20, 27 and January 3, 10, 17, 24. Visit TPWD website for additional information.  

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.  

Clean-Up Canyon Lake!

There were 24 volunteers that showed up on October 19 for the Keep Canyon Lake Beautiful clean-up event put on by W.O.R.D.  It was a huge success with 146 bags of trash, tires, and large debris collected at various locations.  That is approximately 2,500 pounds of trash that could have ended up in our beautiful Canyon Lake!  Individuals, families, students from Smithson Valley High School, and Canyon Lake Fire/EMS participated in this community wide clean-up project.  The areas cleaned were Comal Park, Boat Ramps 5, 17, and the surrounding shoreline.  There will be at least 2 events planned next year, one in the spring and the other in the fall.  Thank you to everyone that came out to help and we look forward to working with you again.

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.     

 

National Weather Service

Representatives from the National Weather Service attended the WORD board meeting in March to briefly explain what they do and how weather information is relayed to the public.  Paul Yura, the spokesman for the weather service talked briefly about flooding and said that one of their biggest challenges is not having enough data.  They need more data from residents that live along the Guadalupe River—information such as how high the water is and how fast it is rising. He encourages citizens to  become active in CoCoRaHS, a grassroots effort of “volunteers working together to measure precipitation across the nation."  It’s a program where citizens are using rain gauges to measure and map precipitation in their local communities.  CoCoRaHS is now the largest provider of daily precipitation observations in the United States. For more information or to sign up, go to www.cocorahs.org.  Yura also encourages citizens to call in weather observations to the National Weather Service at (830) 629-0130.
                     

 

Public Parking on FM 306

At the last board meeting held on Monday, June 18, the WORD Board recognized that there is a public safety issue with cars parking along FM 306 and groups of people walking down to the horseshoe and back. This is a real safety issue considering the amount of traffic on 306 as tubers are walking by with their tubes and ice chests to get on the river and not paying much attention to cars passing by. The Board voted to ask TxDOT to place "No Parking" signage along the south side of FM 306 from Riverside Path all the way down to Zubie-Doo's.  A formal request was  made and signs went up on June 28.

The last time that a parking ban was enacted in this area, Comal County residents presented a petition, which was granted, requesting some of the parking be restored.  According to our counts from FM 306 over Fri-Sun on multiple weekends, Comal County residents make up only 6% of the total cars parked there.  With all of this taken into consideration, the Board felt that safety is a priority and "No Parking" signs should be once again placed on 306.

 

Welcome To Our New Site

The WORD website has been completely redesigned with user-friendly features such as an interactive map with business locations, water laws video, water laws chart with corresponding map of the WORD district, and a mobile-compatible site for easy browsing.  

The iMap includes the following listings:  lodging, camping & RV, tubing/kayaking, boat storage, watercraft rentals, and fishing guides. Information about each business such as address, phone number, and website will appear on the map.  Any business listed on the iMap is subject to WORD ordinances.  The City of New Braunfels laws do not apply.

The water laws video and chart with a related map also distinguishes the differences between water laws in Canyon Lake and other areas. It’s very simple:

  • ·Leave glass, foam, and small plastic containers 5oz or less at home
  • Stash your Trash.  Respect the area by properly disposing of litter
  • No trespassing on private property

Lastly, we are now smart and iPhone friendly.  Don’t forget to bookmark the WORD website on your phone for river flow and lake level updates - after all, we have over 30 miles of floatable river with no new river laws. If you have any questions about the area or need clarification on water laws, contact us at 830-907-2300.  Play it safe and have a good time while you are here!