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COMAL PARK- CLOSED

Comal Park will be closed for the season beginning October 1st, 2020.

Comal Park

Comal Park is a 116- acre park located on the South shore of Canyon Lake near Startzville. This lakefront park is currently open from April through September 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.

Comal Park

Park Information

Location: 1178 Comal Park Rd, Canyon Lake, TX 78133

The entrance fees: $10 per vehicle

Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (No new entries after 6 p.m.) Gatehouse closes at 6 p.m.

Park Operating Season:  April 1 to September 30

Comal Park

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Comal Park Rules

  • No drop-offs
  • No exit and re-entry
  • No walk-ins
  • No unaccompanied minors (Under age 16)
  • No glass
  • No Styrofoam
  • No Jello shots
  • All dogs on leash at all times
  • No Cascarones
  • No personal charcoal grills
  • Water shoes are recommended

Drone Video

A View From the Top

Take a tour of Comal Park and see for yourself why this park is special!

Drone footage captured by Clinton Mynier – www.clintonmynier.com

Comal Park Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Will the park be open year-round?

A. We planned to be open April 1 – September, the same way the Corps has been operating. However, due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, this has delayed our opening date. We will assess the need for and ability to be open for longer periods after the first year and make a decision at that time.

Q. Why is WORD taking 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. 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. What is the park entry fee?

A. Since this is the first year of operation, WORD has set a flat rate of $10 per car. Our estimate is that this number should cover our annual operation and maintenance costs for the park. During this first year, we will be collecting data on number of visitors, age of visitors, and actual costs and revenues. For comparison, the Corps charged $5 per car but did not cover their operating costs. State Parks are $7 per person, and at least one other park at Canyon Lake has increased to $20 per car.

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. Is there a discounted rate for locals or seniors?

A. As we go into 2021, we will evaluate and adjust our rates as needed so that we are covering all costs. WORD does not want to make a profit on the park and is committed to providing it as a recreational resource for the community and for visitors. At that time, we may be able to offer things like annual passes, senior discounts, or local discounts. Until we have real numbers to draw from, this is unfortunately not possible in year one.

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. Will there be a playground in the park?

A. The playground that was in place was removed prior to WORD taking on the lease. WORD has budgeted for a new playground and is actively working on that project. Playgrounds take time to design, build, and install, and we will provide updates on the timeline once we have them.

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 and washer pits have been added. Courtesy docks have been repaired, drainage improved, bathrooms repaired, and the entire park has been cleaned thoroughly. 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.

Comal Park Facebook Feed

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2 months ago

 

Comment on Facebook

I might be alone on this but someone has to say it. please get rid of the old lady at the front desk she is so rude and unnecessarily mean about simple things like receipts or trash bags. I traveled a long way to relax not to get attitude. P.S old lady if your seeing this I hope someone takes all your spoons and hides them so you can’t eat soup or oatmeal 😬

But it's still so nice here in s.a! Extend it till end of October at least!!!

Yolanda Salazar

Are the ramps fir boats available still at any time ?

The best part of the year... Really?

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Thank you for visiting us this summer! Comal Park will be CLOSED for the season beginning October 1, 2020. ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

 

Comment on Facebook

So wish you all stayed up in longer October is awesome

I saw a boat being put in yesterday at boat ramp 4...

Dustin Hennig whaaaattt???

😭😭😭

It’s still warm enough!

It would great if Canyon Lake residents could have year-round access to Comal Park - it is the only public access, for non-boaters, to our lake on the south side.......just sayin'.......please make this a community park to be enjoyed by Canyon Lake residents year-round.........

Robert Martinez

Thanks for all the summer fun! Can’t wait until next year!!!

Yeah like we’ve worn shorts on Christmas It’s Texas we don’t have winters but for like 2 weeks We want water! Lakes! Fun in the sun!

Kallie Matt Brittany 😳👎🏼 Maybe next year.... We totally could have driven by on the way home from RR if they would have announced this in advance. Now we know.

Brilee Chapman

Adrian Velasquez ☹️☹️

Why is this closed when people can enjoy it year round- not just to swim.

Thanks for a great summer!

Stephanie Gonzales

But whyyyyy????

Thanks for a great summer! We’ll see you next year.

Escobar Castillo. Noooooo😒

Why??

Shouldn’t close at all to be honest....

Yolanda Salazar

Kassandra Rodriguez we wanted to go too 😭

I don’t understand the reason behind closing? Money?

I don't understand why?! Heather Duncan

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Saturday, September 26: as of 12:30 pm the park has reached capacity. Updates will be posted here when we are able to reopen.

UPDATE 3:12 pm, we are reopening the park at this time.
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2 months ago

 

Comment on Facebook

Reopening now.

When will u open again

Following

They never comment back

Do you have the number of cars being let in?

Will the herds never thin out?

Is it close to reopening?

Is there an update when cars will be let back in ?

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As of 12:45 pm on Saturday, September 19, the park has reached capacity. We will update here when we are able to reopen. ... See MoreSee Less

3 months ago

 

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Adrian Shearer

If cars start to leave, will others be able to come in?

As of Noon on Saturday September 12, the park has reached capacity. Updates will be posted here when we are able to reopen. ... See MoreSee Less

3 months ago

 

Comment on Facebook

We have reopened the park. We will close again only if absolutely necessary

When is the last weekend of the season?

Monday, September 7, as of 11:30 am the park has reached capacity. We will update here when we are able to reopen.
UPDATE 1:25 pm - the park will reopen for another 75 cars. This is earlier than we are usually able to reopen and we may need to close again if full.
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3 months ago

 

Comment on Facebook

They dont even answer the phone

Thank you 🙏

Hello

Is a lot cars leaving no cars going in

Is the place close for the rest of the day or people still going in

Hello ???????

Chris Joseph

Alot of people left already!!!!!!!!!

Tania A Bosch

Can you make a reservation? Or pay your ticket online?

I just saw like 10 cars leave..... Why cant they let some of us in ?

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