Canyon Lake + Guadalupe River Area (830) 907-2300

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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.  

Fun Fish Art Design Contest

Hey Kids!  WORD of Comal County is looking for some creative and imaginative artwork with a fishing theme for next year's FUN FISH t-shirt.  Yep, that's right...we are already planning for an awesome fishing event scheduled for Sunday, February 22, 2015.  The contest is for kids in grades K-5th. The deadline to enter is Friday, November 21, so get busy working on that winning design! There will be one winner selected by the Fun Fish Committee for a $100 gift card. That's pretty darn sweet!  Download an entry form with contest rules and design guidelines here.  For more information, contact Susan at (830) 907-2300 or you can email susan@wordcc.com.

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.     

 

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.