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Canyon Lake - New Braunfels, Texas

Canyon Lake Divers

We are at 1482 FM 2673 Next to the PEC office in Sattler. Shop Phone is 830-964-3075. See more contact info by clicking on the "Contact Us" link from our menu.

We carry several full lines of bcd's, regs, masks, fins, wet suits and spear guns. Lot's of dive accessories are in inventory. We are the ONLY PADI dive center in this part of the Texas Hill Country. We also offer courses for Naui, SSI, TDI and offer cross overs from one agency to another or multiple agency certifiactions.

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Nestled among steep and wooded hills, 8,240-acre Canyon Lake is one of the deepest and most scenic lakes in Texas. With 80 miles of shoreline and an average depth of 43-feet, Canyon Lake features eight public parks with excellent outdoor recreation opportunities. Activities include camping, fishing, swimming, SCUBA diving, picnicking, wildlife viewing, boating, and other water sports. Many of the parks offer developed campsites for tents and trailers, as well as boat ramps, restrooms and picnic tables. Boat ramps, several marinas, yacht clubs and a ski club are also located on the lake.

The following Canyon Lake public parks, managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, are located along the lakeshore:

1.     Canyon Park & Canyon Beach Swim Area                      5.     Jacob's Creek Park

2.     Comal Park                                                                      6.     North Park

3.     Crane's Mill Park                                                              7.     Overlook Park

4.     Guadalupe Park                                                               8.     Potter's Creek Park                                                                                                               

Location

Canyon Lake is located approximately 20 miles north of New Braunfels.

Take State Highway 46 and F.M. 2722 north, or F.M. 306 north of I-35. Directions to specific Canyon Lake area parks vary.
Map of Lake's Location

Hours

Hours vary. The lakeside parks are usually open from 7 AM to 10 PM for day use activities.

Fees

Day use fees vary from zero to $6 per vehicle depending on the park and season.

Water Conditions

Visibility

Average visibility is 5 to 10 feet sometimes better. Normally gets much better below the thermocline.

Water Surface Temp

Temperatures peak in the high 80s in summer. Winter temps low 60's- mid 50's typical

Water Thermal cline

5 to 10 degrees from surface tempature.

Aquatic Life

Large Bass, Catfish, perch and more.

Max Depth

Over 80 Feet.

Underwater terrain

Nice ledges and trees in some areas.

Underwater Sights

Off shore of North Park and Boat Ramp 1 there are Cars, Motorcycles, Platforms, Boats and much more.

 

 

History

CANYON LAKE

CANYON LAKE. Canyon Lake, formerly known as Canyon Reservoir, is on the Guadalupe River twelve miles northwest of New Braunfels in northern Comal County (at 29°52' N, 98°12' W). The project is owned by the United States government and operated by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District. The local cooperative agency is the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority, which, for paying part of the cost, has rights to the conservation storage space and control over the use and release of conservation water. The lake, formed by a rolled earthfill dam 6,830 feet long, is used for flood control, water conservation, and recreation. Construction of the dam was started on June 27, 1958, and impoundment of water began on June 16, 1964. The general contractor was Tecon Corporation of Dallas. The crest of the spillway is 943 feet above mean sea level, and the conservation storage capacity is 382,000 acre-feet with a surface area of 8,240 acres and a sixty-mile shoreline at 909 feet above mean sea level. Stored water is used for municipal, industrial, and irrigation purposes and for the development of hydroelectric power downstream. The drainage area above the dam is 1,432 square miles.

The construction of the dam and subsequent growth of the area surrounding the lake are among the most significant developments in twentieth-century Comal County history. Inundating a portion of the Guadalupe River valley cost the area productive farm and ranch land as well as two rural communities-Cranes Mill and Hancock-but it also stimulated development that transformed the economy and demography of the county. After the lake was filled north central Comal County became one of the largest population centers in Central Texas and the focus of a resort and tourist industry that rivaled manufacturing and agriculture in importance to the county economy. The dam made possible land development along the lake shore and in the area downstream, which for the first time was protected from periodic flooding. Even as the lake was filling, the first residential subdivisions-including Canyon Lake Hills and Canyon Lake Village-began attracting permanent and temporary residents. By 1967 there were forty-six subdivisions on the shores of Canyon Lake and fourteen more in the hills surrounding it. By the mid-1980s more than eighty neighborhoods had been built, and estimates of the permanent population of the lake area ranged from 12,000 to 15,000. Seven lakeside public parks and two public marinas served thousands of weekend visitors. Residents and tourists supported a variety of new businesses and service industries that transformed the former farm and ranch communities of Sattler and Startzville into thriving commercial centers and occasioned the new town of Canyon City. In the late 1980s two schools and thirteen churches served the permanent residents of the lake area. The Canyon Lake community, forty-eight miles from San Antonio and fifty-six from Austin, continued to attract new commuter, retired, and weekend residents.

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

C. L. Dowell, Dams and Reservoirs in Texas: History and Descriptive Information (Texas Water Commission Bulletin 6408 [Austin, 1964]).

Seth D. Breeding

 

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