COMAL PARK- UPDATED PARK SEASON
WORD of Comal County will be extending the Comal Park operating season starting this year (2021).
The Park will be open March 1 – October 31 every day with these hours:
March: 10 AM – 6 PM
April through September: 8 AM – 7:30 PM
October: 10 AM – 6 PM
Comal Park is a 116- acre park located on the South shore of Canyon Lake near Startzville. This lakefront park is currently open from March through October as a first- come, first-serve day-use only facility. No reservation is required to enter the park.
Comal Park has picnic sites, two boat ramps, a pea gravel and sand swim beach, a playground, and restrooms throughout the park. The park has a variety of recreational activities including a sand volleyball court, soccer goals, and four washer pits.
Location: 1178 Comal Park Rd, Canyon Lake, TX 78133
The entrance fees:
- $10 per non-County vehicle
- $5 per vehicle with Comal County registration ONLY
Hours of Operation:
- March & October: 10 AM – 6 PM
- April through September: 8 AM – 7:30 PM
- March & October: 10 AM – 4:30 PM
- April through September: 8 AM – 7:30 PM
No new entries will be permitted once the gatehouse is closed
Park Operating Season: March 1 to October 31
Comal Park Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is the park entry fee?
A. The rates to enter the park are listed below:
- $10 per vehicle for out of County visitors
- $5 per vehicles with Comal County registration sticker
- Disabled Veteran (DV) License plates will be allowed free entry.
The only way to receive the $5 per car entry is to have a Comal County registration on the windshield, we will not be accepting drivers licenses or any other proof of residence for reduced entry. This is done in order to streamline the process of moving cars into the park and cut down on traffic backups onto the County roadways.
Q. Is there a discounted rate seniors or an annual pass?
A. We have received and discussed requests to offer an annual pass and senior discounts, but that is not an option we will be offering for 2021. Any updates on this matter will be posted here.
Q. Why did WORD take over the park?
A. The Corps of Engineers is experiencing budget cuts to their recreation budget for Canyon Lake. Since WORD is a Parks District, it was logical for us to pursue a lease. There was a very real possibility that Park access could have been reduced or closed if a local partner had not been found to lease the park.
Q. What other rules should I be aware of?
A. We do not allow drones, metal detectors, RVs/campers , golf carts/ATVs, and buses.
Q. Is the park open year-round?
A. WORD of Comal County will be extending the Comal Park operating season starting this year (2021). The Park will be open March 1 – October 31 every day. We will reassess the need for and ability to be open for longer periods after this year and make a decision at that time. In the first year of operation (2020) the park season ran from April 1 – Sept, the same way the Corps had been operating.
Q. Are propane grills allowed?
A. Yes, personal propane grills are allowed at the park, but not personal charcoal grills. You may also bring your own bag of charcoal and use one of the 60 grills on site.
Q. If I leave the park can I come back in for free?
A. No. Once you have left the park you will need to repay the entrance fee.
Q. Can I make a reservation for myself or family members? How do I reserve a picnic table?
A. Comal Park is a first-come, first-serve day-use facility. We do not take reservations for parking or picnic tables. You may not pay for someone in advance when you arrive at the park.
Q. Can I swap items or people with someone who is in the park?
A. No. You may not exchange items with someone inside the park.
Q. If I leave the park and return to a “Park Full” sign can I re-enter?
A. No. If you leave the park for any reason and we have reached capacity by the time you return, you will not be granted access to the park. Take all your belongings with you before you leave the park. Do not leave any people or items in the park.
Q. What does “Park Full” mean?
A. When we have reached capacity in the park no one will be granted access into the park. There will no longer be an option to wait. You must turn around if the park is full. This is done to avoid traffic backups on the roadways.
Q. Will my Corps / America the Beautiful pass be honored?
A. The Corps participated in a variety of annual passes for which they received revenue or were allocated tax dollars for. WORD has not and does not receive any of those dollars. So, WORD cannot honor any passes sold through America the Beautiful, Corps annual pass, or other means.
Q. Is there a playground in the park?
A. Yes! WORD installed a new playground in 2020.
Q. What types of improvements is WORD making?
A. WORD has already extended and improved the swim beach area and added a sand beach section. A sand volleyball court, soccer goals, community grill areas, and washer pits have been added. Courtesy docks have been repaired, drainage improved, bathrooms repaired, and the entire park has been cleaned thoroughly. In 2021, there will be a new vendor area, and additional parking areas. Many future improvements are planned and will be announced as they are completed.
The frequency of Park trash cleanup has been tripled and crews are working to clean and trim the peninsula area. Trash bags will be handed out to all visitors and a zero tolerance policy on littering will be in place. Extra law enforcement patrols have been scheduled to keep all park visitors safe.