Published: May 06 2019
Canyon Lake is a reservoir in central Texas. It’s about an hour and a half drive from Austin and an hour from San Antonio. A dam on Guadalupe River formed the lake and today it's an amazing location for water recreation in Texas.
Canyon Lake is popular in the summer months when locals and travelers alike go to relax and cool down in the water.
Renting a boat on Canyon Lake is the perfect way to spend a day. You can rent a boat with your family and friends or charter one with a professional captain, depending on your preferences and experience. Explore the reservoir on a pontoon rental or a houseboat rental and you’re guaranteed to have a wonderful day in this beautiful part of Texas.
Fishing boats and charters on Canyon Lake are always a good time. Rent a fishing boat and enjoy a day reeling in catches of largemouth bass that will make all your fishing buddies jealous. You can bring your own gear or have all the equipment, bait and tackle included in your rental. Full-service fishing charters with a captain are another great option if you aren’t sure where to go and want to learn from a local guide.
Relaxing on the water with a big group is best enjoyed on a pontoon. Pontoon rentals on Canyon Lake are a popular choice since these vessels enable groups to spread out and relax while cruising at a leisurely pace. Bring a picnic onboard your pontoon rental, stop for a swim and explore different beaches around Canyon Lake. It’s also the perfect way to celebrate a party or a special event out on the beauty of the lake.
A favorite activity among visitors to Canyon Lake is to rent a jet ski and fly through the waves. Jet ski rentals are a fantastic way to travel around Canyon Lake and see different parts of it. Rent a jet ski and race your friends to various beaches on Canyon Lake and soak up the summer sun in central Texas.
Families who enjoy the outdoors or travelers who like to get a workout during their vacation can rent kayaks or canoes on Canyon Lake. Paddling yourself around a big lake is always a fun way to explore and see more of the natural scenery. It enables you to get closer to the shore and see wildlife while getting an upper-body workout. You can also rent stand-up paddleboards for a relaxing day of paddling at your leisure.
Recreation and watersports are a big part of anyone’s visit to Canyon Lake. Along with your boat rental, you can opt to rent equipment like tow ropes, water skis, wakeboards, and other gear for a fun day of water sports on Canyon Lake. If you want to explore below the surface of the lake, scuba diving on boat diving trips is a popular option from Canyon Lake. Scuba divers can explore the lake with an experienced divemaster, or earn PADI certifications if they want to improve their skills. Boat dive trips on Canyon Lake can be arranged for large groups and include dinner, making it a fun all-day experience for visitors.
Another favorite experience for visitors enjoying their summer vacation on Canyon Lake is to go river tubing on the Guadalupe. Bring a cooler full of snacks and drinks, and spend hours floating down the Guadalupe River.
There are many things to do on land around Canyon Lake for visitors looking to spend a longer time at this Texas watering hole. Visits to Overlook Park and Potters Creek Park provide beautiful views and space to enjoy a picnic or a hike on their trails. If you want to explore more, visit the Natural Bridge Caverns for an exciting day of cave and canopy tours.
In the unlikely chance you get caught on Canyon Lake during a rainy day, pay a visit to some of the best indoor attractions of the area. Heritage Museum of the Texas Hill Country, Dry Comal Creek Vineyards, and McKenna Children's Museum are all great spots to visit, depending on if you're in Canyon Lake on an adult trip or with kids.
Canyon Lake has a variety of hotels, lodges, and campsites available for visitors who plan to stay for a while. If you want to spend a long weekend or a week at Canyon Lake while on vacation, make sure you book in advance if you’re visiting during high season. Lodges and resorts book out well in advance during the summer boating season!
Canyon Springs County Lodge, the Lakehouse Bed and Breakfast, Hideout on the Horseshoe, and Lazy H Lodge are all locally-owned spots with all the comforts of home right on the lake. Many of the hotels and lodges on Canyon Lake have restaurants and bars and are the perfect places to relax if you’re looking for an escape from the busy cities of Texas.
For tent camping or RV camping, there are many campsites around the lake to choose from. Perfect for budget travelers who need to save money on accommodation or if you prefer to connect with nature and sleep under the stars. Pull your RV into Creek Hollow Cabins & RV park or Canyon Lake RV park. Pitch your tent with camping buddies at Comal Park, Lake Pointe Resort, and Canyon Park.
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