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Stay in a Canyon Lake Cabin or Retreat

Canyon Lake is halfway between San Antonio and Austin, Texas, in the middle of the rolling Texas hill country. The lake has 80 miles of shoreline and covers over 8,000 acres. You can have lakefront views from a spacious home or lodge with all the amenities. Cabins and even heated Tipis are available for the more adventurous.

Fun on the Lake

Boating

Canyon Lake is large enough to support two marinas, and there are 23 boat ramps spaced along the lake.

Swimming

The lake is over 900 feet deep and there are lots of beaches and other swimming areas around it. The Guadalupe River is a popular site for tubing, with long lazy currents and few rapids in the tubing area.

Fishing

Guadalupe Park has a public fishing pier, and fish in the lake include several types of bass, catfish and crappie.

Other Outdoor Activities

Hiking

The hilly landscape gives you a moderate workout, and there are several trails to navigate while breathing the clean, fresh lake air. The top of the Canyon Lake Dam is a great place to walk or run, and it has a breathtaking view of the lake.

Nature Watching

Canyon Lake is home to an abundance of wildlife including foxes, white-tailed deer and armadillos. There are several parks around the lake, and many of them are the starting points for hiking trails that wind through the habitats of local wildlife.

Canyon Lake Gorge

On the other side of the dam, the Canyon Lake Gorge features waterfalls, lagoons and natural springs.

Local Area

Nearby San Marcos is home to Rio Vista Falls with its three drop-offs for exciting kayaking. Canyon Lake is also less than an hour's drive from Austin, Texas, which is known for its beautiful natural grottos, springs and caverns.

Dining and Nightlife

Gennaro's Trattoria

This is one of the favorite lakeside restaurants for visitors. Affordable Italian food and local fresh seafood is complimented by luscious desserts like cannoli and chocolate layer cake.

Las Barcas

This Tex-Mex restaurant features Mexican soft drinks and all the usual Mexican specialty dishes. Las Barcas also has a complete breakfast menu.

San Antonio Nightlife

The lake is less than an hour's drive from this cosmopolitan Texas city of over a million residents. San Antonio is the place where you can find a thriving nightlife and music scene.

Shopping and Museums

Tanger Outlet Stores

The Tanger Outlet Mall is 34 miles away in San Marcos with dozens of shops offering everything from children's toys to upscale clothing and housewares.

Heritage Museum

The Heritage Museum of the Texas Hill Country has a collection of dinosaur track fossils found in the area around the lake. There are also exhibits of Native American artifacts and a geology display with more fossils.

Weather

July and August are great months for swimming and boating with temperatures reaching the low nineties. During the spring and autumn, the weather is pleasant and temperatures are mostly in the sixties and seventies. Winters are mild, rarely reaching the low forties. Canyon Lake gets slightly less rainfall than the national average, and there is no rainy season.

How to Get There

The closest major airport is in San Antonio, an hour away from Canyon Lake. Rental cars and taxis or shuttles are available. From the San Antonio International Airport (SAT), take US-281 N via McAllister Freeway. Take a slight right onto TX-46 and turn left onto FM-3159/Smithson Valley Road; then follow the signs to Canyon Lake. The lake can also be reached by TX-46 E from I-10 or TX-46 W from I-35 if traveling by automobile.

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                                                                                                      Recent Canyon Lake Reviews

                                                                                                      Great house, unbeatable location, love the decks!

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                                                                                                      We will be returning to this home for a future stay. Five minutes to tubing, fishing, swimming and hiking at the dam. Seven minutes to the store and every convenience. The view from the deck is amazing! We ate nearly every meal outside, even in August as the deck stays shady and cool most of the day. We took advantage of the nice walk down to the lake to be by the water, wade and fish. There were 3-5 deer walking through morning and evening. There are many stairs which would not be convenient for mobility impaired folks. It was perfect for us! We recommend this home, and plan to return!
                                                                                                      • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
                                                                                                      • Stayed: Aug 2016

                                                                                                      Wonderful location on the river.

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                                                                                                      This is a first class operation. The owner goes above and beyond to make sure you have a good experience. We spent a wonderful week and a half here passing most of our time on the awesome lower patio and sitting in chairs in the water. The house is perfectly situated to Canyon Lake, Gruene and New Braunfels proper. You couldn't ask for a better location on the river- great people watching without all the loudness further down the river. We are already getting dates together for next year!
                                                                                                      • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
                                                                                                      • Stayed: Aug 2016

                                                                                                      5 STARS is not enough!!!

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                                                                                                      First thing, the pictures don't give this place justice!!! It is the most amazing house we have ever rented. The view alone is magical. All you need is to bring your own food and you never have to leave. The owner Trace is so nice and helpful. He always answered any questions we had, big or small. The house is fully furnished with everything you need. From kitchen eccentials to bathroom needs (shampoo, conditioner, soap). The only bad thing about our stay was the rainy weather. We didn't get to enjoy the pool. But the view makes up for it. We will definitely be back next year!!!!
                                                                                                      • Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
                                                                                                      • Stayed: Aug 2016