WORD Board Meeting
ATTENTION- WORD BOARD MEETINGS HAVE BEEN MOVED TO THE 3RD WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH STARTING AT 5:30pm.
The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 15 at 5:30pm at the WORD office located at 1928 FM 2673 in Sattler. The agenda will be posted by Friday, May 10.
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.
Current Boat Ramp Status
There are 23 boat ramps located around the lake. Due to declining water elevations, the following boat ramps are CLOSED: 3, 4, 5, 7, 10, 11, 13, 16, 18, 22, 23.
For a printable version of Canyon Lake and the location of ramps, click here.
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.
17th Annual Fun Fish Event
W.O.R.D.'s 17th Annual Fun Fish event was a huge success with close to 1,000 kids in attendance! The event was held at Camp Huaco Springs from 12- 4 on February 24. There were 750 trout released the Friday before and close to 2,200 trout stocked the morning of the event. Forty of those fish were tagged for cash prizes. WORD gave out $225 in cash to some very happy kiddos and trophies for the longest fish caught in each age category. Every child that caught a fish received a medal. TPWD arranged for the Operation Game Thief trailer to be brought out for the day to educate kids about illegal hunting and fishing. This was our first time to have OGT present at Fun Fish and the kids and parents really enjoyed it.
This event wouldn't be possible without the sponsorship and support we receive from the community. A huge thank you goes out to the following for donating goods and services to this year's event:
-Camp Huaco Springs
-Rust Game Place
-Pure Party Ice
-Progressive Waste Management
We also had close to 50 volunteers helping out in different areas including cooking, serving food, parking, registration, fishing poles, and measuring stations. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK! It was one of our best events ever....thanks to everyone for coming out and having a great time with us....see you next year!
GO TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE TO SEE MORE CUTE PICS OF FUN FISH!
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!