CANYON LAKE, TEXAS
A Hill Country Paradise and a Watery Playground
There are few places in Texas - alas, the world - that capture the balance of beauty and nature so well as this Hill Country Lake region of Central Texas.
It could be called the Shire of Texas, or perhaps Eden, because the Earth and nature are in such perfect harmony. The wildlife, the rolling oak-covered landscape, and the peaceful, easy environment combine to bring that comfortable, magical feeling that only special places can bring to you.
The "Water Recreation Capital of Texas", Canyon Lake, is located just forty miles north of San Antonio, 50 miles from Austin, and twenty minutes from New Braunfels, and offers beautiful Hill Country scenery and a massive lake that encompasses nearly 80 miles of shoreline and 8,300 acres of water, surrounded by tree covered hills and vacation and residential developments to fit everyone.
There are five communities located around the shores of Canyon Lake. On the north side, there are Hancock and Canyon City. The Canyon Lake Marina is located on the north shore in the Canyon Park in Hancock. Two Yacht Clubs are also located on the lake. The communities of Startzville, Sattler, and Spring Branch also surround the lake area.
Canyon Lake, and its primary water source, the Guadalupe River, are famous statewide as the perfect recreation area getaway, offering plenty of family adventures including camping, RVing, water-skiing, fishing, boating, parasailing, and jet skiing. Development around the lake offers lodging, ample restaurants, prime vacation/residential property, water activities and a great place to land for a Winter Texan season.
White tailed deer and other wildlife abound, finding sanctuary in the residential neighborhoods. Many are fed regularly by local residents and become very tame.
Centrally located, Canyon Lake is perfect for "Day Trips" to Gruene, New Braunfels, San Antonio, Fredericksburg and Wimberley. Or visit one of our local vineyards for an afternoon of wine tasting.
The lake, formed by a rolled earth fill 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 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. Since its development, the area has grown by leaps and bounds, significantly causing a recreation boom that shows no sign of weakening. 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.
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.
A visit to this spectacular area, whether for a weekend or a winter season, will provide you the ultimate Hill Country adventure. You'll find the people friendly, the area beautiful and the lake one of the best in Texas. Enjoy Canyon Lake!