Destination guide

Cool waters in Canyon Lake

Fed by the Guadalupe River, the sprawling Canyon Lake is a big hit with Texas' sailing and fishing crowd. Get your Texas Hill Country adventure off to a splashing start by booking a well-placed Canyon Lake vacation rental. Boasting more than 80 miles of rugged shoreline, it attracts a mix of watersports fans and outdoorsy types. Hike the lakefront trails where you can spot roadrunners or white-tailed deer. Catch supper on a fishing excursion, or hit a birdie on a local golf course. After dark, relax on the deck and watch the sunset over the lake with a cold brew.

Things to do

Walk the dinosaur - Canyon Lake's Heritage Center

The Guadalupe River State Park is another big draw to the area. It's popular with outdoor enthusiasts who flock for the hiking and horseback riding trails, or to canoe down Guadalupe River. If you prefer history to hauling yourself down a river, head to the Heritage Museum of the Texas Hill Country. Perched near the southern shores of Canyon Lake, it features more than 200 dinosaur tracks dating back over 100 million years. It also has Native American exhibits and an antique collection dating from the 19th century.


Bass, boats, and birdies - there's something for the whole crew

Canyon Lake is 1 of the deepest lakes in Texas and is great for fishing, sailing, and watersports. Book a waterfront Canyon Lake vacation rental and have its natural attractions right on your doorstep. Drawing fishing fans from all over the state, Canyon Lake is crammed with largemouth bass, catfish, and striped bass. Book a fishing excursion or hire your own boat. If you prefer to keep your toes dry, why not hit up a birdie on the many golf courses that dot the shores. After a busy day, treat yourself to dinner in a charming lakefront restaurant.


Find blazing (hot) saddles in Texas Hill Country

There isn't really a bad time of year to visit Texas Hill Country. It benefits from year-round sunshine, and even in the winter months can often see temperatures in the 50s. However, the summers can be blisteringly hot, and temperatures can often rocket to 100 degrees. This is when the cool, clean waters of Canyon Lake really come into their own, but it means the best Canyon Lake vacation rentals get snapped up quickly. The shoulder seasons of spring and fall see the most comfortable weather, the latter of which is festival season.

Natural features

Cry me a river - Guadalupe River State Park

Set between Austin and San Antonio, the waters of Canyon Lake lie 20 miles north of the German-themed town, New Braunfels. Although Canyon Lake's rugged surrounds do not fall short of boating opportunities, fishing, and hiking trails, a 25-mile drive west will take you to Guadalupe River State Park. Perched on the Guadalupe River, it's a prime spot for birdwatching and nature walks. It has over 13 miles of hiking and biking trails, plus horseback riding and picnic areas. The park also has a great hands-on Discovery Center for kids, plus a host of ranger-led birding and stargazing tours.

How to get there

How to get to and around Canyon Lake

The nearest airport is in San Antonio, TX (SAT-San Antonio Intl.), located 28.3 mi (45.5 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Canyon Lake?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 830 vacation rentals near Canyon Lake. From 145 Cabins to 528 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Canyon Lake for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Canyon Lake?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Canyon Lake:

  • South Austin: 2,199 vacation rentals
  • North Central: 989 vacation rentals
  • Far North Central: 807 vacation rentals
  • Northeast Side: 32 vacation rentals
  • Vance Jackson: 25 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Canyon Lake?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Canyon Lake. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Whitewater Amphitheatre: 1,329 vacation rentals
  • Canyon Lake Marina: 1,288 vacation rentals
  • Jacob's Creek Park: 1,289 vacation rentals
  • Comal Park: 1,289 vacation rentals
  • Crane's Mill Park: 1,234 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Canyon Lake listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Canyon Lake?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 145 Cabins in Canyon Lake. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Canyon Lake include:

  • Houses: 528 rentals available
  • Cottages: 145 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 82 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Canyon Lake?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 194 vacation rentals with pool available in Canyon Lake. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.