Welcome to Canyon Lake
Enjoy lake living and hilly scenery in a laid-back community
Canyon Lake is one of Texas’ best hidden gems. In fact, it’s earned itself the reputation of being the jewel of Texas Hill Country. Residents love being surrounded by nature, and there are many gorgeous lakefront homes here where deer, foxes, and other wildlife mingle with the laid-back residents. The combination of the lake and hills means the scenery is some of the best in Texas, or anywhere else in the country.
People of all ages, who like having easy access to nature and the great outdoors, love living in Canyon Lake. Families love having space for their kids to get outside in the fresh air, and retirees love the peace and tranquility of living here.
What to Love
The local lifestyle in Canyon Lake is best described as laid-back. Neighbors here get along, and while friendly and welcoming, they also like their peace and quiet. Canyon Lake residents prize being immersed in nature, whether it’s watching deer cross their yard, going hiking and exploring the surrounding Texas Hill Country, taking the boat out to go fishing, or being able to just take a dip in the lake during the summertime. It’s a great place for those that want to feel connected to nature.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Even with its semi-rural setting, Canyon Lake has several great local restaurants. Locals enjoy the unique vibes at the Wildflour Artisan Bakery and Grill. Gennaro’s Trattoria serves terrific and traditional Italian that the whole family will love. Baja Icehouse and Grill is the only restaurant on Canyon Lake itself, giving it a privileged position, not to mention some of the best sunset views around. They also frequently host live music when the weather is nice.
Speaking of live music, the Whitewater Amphitheater is one of Texas’ best live music venues. It draws acts from all around the world and of all different genres to its marvelous outdoor setting, surrounded with the scenery that makes the area so well beloved by its residents.
Things to Do
Above all else, Canyon Lake’s residents love getting outside. There are several excellent natural areas in the community’s vicinity. Canyon Lake Gorge is one of the most unique geological sites in Texas. Here you can see exposed limestone on the walls of the 64-acre gorge. This rock dates to the Cretaceous Period and even 100-million-year-old dinosaur footprints were found here.
The United States Army Corps of Engineers built a number of other parks and recreation areas here. Potter’s Creek Park is great for camping as is Canyon Park. Overlook Park and Canyon Beach Park are great to visit as well. The Guadalupe River is one of the best stretches of whitewater in Texas. While there are some areas of rapids, much of the river calmly flows by limestone bluffs and picturesque scenery, making it great for swimming, tubing, or simply sunbathing. With more than 20 boat ramps in the area, Canyon Lake is great for boaters, and many Canyon Lake residents can’t get enough time on the water.
For those looking to hit the fairways, Lakeside Golf Course is a terrific and scenic course, right by the lake. The annual Parade of Lights here is done in its own unique way befitting a lake community. It’s a parade of brightly lit boats!
Canyon Lake is served by the Comal ISD school district. Some schools of note in Canyon Lake: