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.
W.O.R.D.'s 18th Annual Fun Fish Event
Fun Fish, our 18th annual FREE kids fishing event is scheduled for Sunday, February 23, 2014 at Camp Huaco Springs on River Road. Registration starts at 11:30am and fishing will begin at noon. All kids ages 3-16 yrs. old will be given a free t-shirt and lunch to include hot dogs, chips, and water. Loaner fishing poles will be provided on a first come first serve basis - bring your own if you have one. Over 2,000 trout will be stocked in the river on the morning of the event. Trophies will be awarded for the longest fish caught, medals awarded to every child that catches a fish, and cash given on the spot for catching a tagged fish. Oh how sweet! For more details, click here to view our flier.
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 20, 2013, or for a printable version of Canyon Lake and location of ramps, fees, and operators, click here.
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!