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SILVER SAGE GRILLE Sip. Savor. Celebrate. “Canyon Lake’s choice for upscale dining.” A place where fresh, innovative food is served up with unsurpassed quality and consistency by a passionate staff.

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• Cathedral Cabins • Lodge Suites • Panoramic Lake Views • Hot Tubs (Cabins) • Two Story Balconies • BBQ Grills/Fire Pits • Swimming Cove • Fishing/Hiking/Bicycling 872 Ledgerock Drive Canyon Lake, Texas 78133

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On behalf of the entire community, I’m very happy to welcome you to our Canyon beautiful Lake part of&the Hill Country! theTexas Guadalupe RiverCanyon Lake residents are well known for being warm and gracious. It’s no surprise that so many of our guests from the northern states and Canada flock to our locale every winter. Our weather is fairly predictable with lovely fall and spring seasons and winters that are not too cold. But it’s truly the friendly people, the number of enjoyable events and all of the various attractions to ‘see and do’ that draw so many people to Canyon Lake from all over the world. Water recreation, nature tourism and interest in an absolute spectacular geological treasure uncovered during the 2002 flood are only a few of the fascinating aspects in and around Canyon Lake. The lake and the Guadalupe River is the draw for a lot of fishermen, sailors, wake boarders, jet skiers, kayakers and so much more. For those that like to spend more time relaxing, we have beach areas and picnic sites at parks around the lake. For those with a keen interest in nature, there’s a variety of trails for hiking and mountain biking around the lake and along the river. If fly fishing on the river is your passion, you’ll be in the right area to indulge. Fishing the lake is a year round opportunity with many boat ramps available. If you love outdoor concerts with rousing entertainers like Ray Wylie Hubbard, Ghostland, Reckless Kelly, Dwight Yoakum, Bleu Edmondson, the Spazmatics, and the great Willie Nelson, then you need to visit Whitewater on the Horseshoe. For those who haven’t been to a concert at the Amphitheater, you’re in for a real treat! Whitewater is located on the Guadalupe River near the crossroads of FM 306 and FM 2673. Tubing, food and beverages, and a great concert all at one location. If geology, paleontology, and ancient dinosaur tracks appeal to your soul, we have it all in our unique area. The Canyon Lake Gorge appeared after the floodwaters stopped flowing many weeks after the 2002 flood subsided. The Gorge and the Heritage Museum are two must see’s when visiting the Canyon Lake area. We can even show you a few authentic dinosaur tracks! Be sure to stop by our Visitor’s Information Center between Startzville and Sattler at 3934 FM 2673 and pick up brochures, maps and other helpful information you might need during your stay. For directions, please call us at 830-964-2223. We welcome you to our beautiful area… stay a while, and you may end up staying a lifetime!


Kim Morris, President Canyon Lake Area Chamber of Commerce

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The Water cfRecreation Capital

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the nat u re of life at the lake

table of contents • power of water Canyon Lake Gorge ....................... 7 • water recreation On Canyon Lake...............................8 Canyon Lake, the Community ......... 9 River Road ................................... 10 W.O.R.D. ....................................... 11 Tubing the Guadalupe River .......... 12 Fishing ........................................ 14 • PUBLIC TRAILS ............................ 17 • public parks ............................. 18 • Wildlife ...................................... 20 • VENUES ...................................21, 27 • Lodging list................................ 23 • canyon Lake Map .....................24, 25 • Guadalupe River Map .....................26 • PLACES TO GO Attractions & Day Trips .................. 28 • STAY A LIFETIME Community ....................................35 • AREA Event calendar ................42 Cover photos by

Basic Water Rules are governed by common sense and a dedication to caring for this treasure we call home. Please abide by these rules. No Glass • No Styrofoam • No drink containers smaller than 5 oz that sink too easily • No firearms or guns are permitted in the parks or recreation areas.

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Canyon Lake, Texas sits conveniently between Austin and San Antonio and just minutes from New Braunfels, Gruene, Spring Branch and Wimberley on the rim of the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Canyon Lake, with its 80 miles of panoramic shoreline, is located 18 miles from New Braunfels, 44 miles to San Antonio and 54 miles to the Austin City Limits, the State’s capital city. Local attractions are as abundant as the wildlife that roam the hillside and none require sitting in big city traffic. Canyon Lake Gorge, River Road, Schlitterbahn, Natural Bridge Caverns, the nearby Outlet Malls and Gruene Hall draw national and international visitors as well. The lake’s rural ambiance stretches to neighboring small towns for historic jaunts. Day journeys through the Hill Country will find spendid views, museums and wineries, quaint shops, outdoor markets and more. Canyon Lake has an average depth of 909 feet to hold 8,230 acre feet of water. The terrain of rolling hills and limestone bluffs that holds the clear water of natural streams varies between 350 and 1,200 feet above sea level. Canyon Lake, surrounded by heritage-rich communities like Fredericksburg, Kerrville and Johnson City, has been heavily influenced by a water source for thousands of years. Much of the structural history of the community of Canyon Lake lays at the lake’s bottom but the structure of community spirit thrives with community events. Canyon Dam, often mistakenly called Canyon Lake Dam, was built to capture the water from the Guadalupe River, one of the best known recreation destinations in the State of Texas. Residents and visitors alike enjoy the beauty and individuality of the upper Guadalupe River that feeds into the lake and the controlled lower Guadalupe River that is fed water, sometimes more and sometimes less, by the water dammed in the lake. Mother Nature determines the water flow that’s supplemented by the clear springs percolating up from the aquifer below. The adventure starts at Canyon Lake with days of sun and sails. Take a break before heading river side and see our newest treasure, the Canyon Lake Gorge. Created when massive flood waters escaped over the Dam’s spillway in 2002, the water carved a deep scar on the land and exposed 100 million years of geological upheavals from the time the earth was forming – it revealed the tremendous Power of Water, again. After years of preservation and preparation, the Gorge is open to international audiences for guided tours. The lower Guadalupe River is a favorite for kayaking, canoeing, and of course, tubing – but anglers know it best as the premier southernmost trout fishing destination in the USA. The upper Guadalupe is more laid-back for the less spirited crowd, but all should at least take a trek down River Road. The winding scenic drive is a good way to get the feel of Canyon Lake. When Spanish explorers first discovered the Guadalupe Valley, we know they must have thought they found Paradise. We think they were right.

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Canyon Lake Gorge... The Canyon Lake Gorge was created by a 2002 flood event that resulted in floodwaters escaping over the spillway at Canyon Dam. The water washed away a hillside of mature trees and huge boulders of earth and created a gorge over 1,000 feet wide, one and half mile long and nearly 40 feet below the normal terrain. Once the water receded the exposed limestone rock provide a treasure of calcium carbonate fossils of skeletons, shells and dinosaur tracks not seen in millions of years. The limestone that is seen today was deposited in the shallow sea that flooded across the margin of the ancestral Gulf of Mexico during the Early Cretaceous period.

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For the protection of the Gorge and public safety, the Canyon Lake Gorge is open for Guided Tours Only. Trespassing is strictly prohibited and the law will be enforced.

The Gorge provides a spectacular look back in time to the Hidden Valley Fault, a part of the Balcones Fault System. The newly exposed limestone makes it possible to see the earth’s faults and fractures. The porosity and permeability of the limestone, lends itself to the movement of underground water, springs and seeps now visible on the surface. Academic scholars and researchers are regular visitors. A guided Gorge interpretive tour, under open skies, provides the rare opportunity to experience the earth infrastructure that normally lies 40 feet below the surface. During a three-hour tour, you will walk among the exposed fault lines, identify fossils, explore the Early Cretaceous limestone formations, photograph dinosaur footprints, and even follow aquifer waters as they course through the Gorge as springs, channels and waterfalls.


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On Canyon Lake

water recreation life outdoors every day.......wide open spaces help you breathe easier.......a full moon is brighter over the lake......nothing beats sailing at night .......

I t ’ s the good life . . .

Canyon Lake offers so many opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors and we are blessed that they are centered around water. But it didn’t happen by accident – it’s part of our history and part of our roots. Canyon Lake is built on the edge of the geological formation known as the Balcones Escarpment, the surface expression of Balcones Fault, that forms the eastern boundary of the Texas Hill Country. The two earliest settlements in this part of Texas were situated atop freshwater springs: Comal Springs in New Braunfels is the largest concentration of naturally occurring freshwater springs in Texas; the artesian flow in San Marcos, the second largest, is thought by archeologists to be one of the oldest continually inhabited sites in North America – since 10,000 BC.

they’ve found Paradise – probably have. With splendid views, affordable prices and cool waterways that defy heat and droughts, Canyon Lake is an outdoor paradise with an abundance of wildlife and an abundance of ways to enjoy the outdoors. Known as the Water Recreation Capital of Texas, Canyon Lake is easily one of the

most scenic lakes in Texas and one of the most popular destinations for a wide variety of water activities.Year round, the water is crystal clear and cool. There are two public marinas, two yacht clubs, two fishing piers and 23 boat ramps in the deep lake. Some of the fun includes lighted floating parades, regattas, water skiing, jet skiing, water boarding, sailing, and powerboats. You can rent a boat, if you need to – and it’s a lot easier than hauling one on a trailer. Watercraft Rentals at Sunchaser Marine is great at working with you to get you the right rental for your needs. They have a topof-the-line selection to choose from and a friendly staff too. The staff includes a ‘former’ mechanic that’s touted as one of the best around on Evinrudes. Special request times on rentals are possible with limitations likely. Watercraft Rentals is locally-owned and open seven days a week from mid-May through Labor Day and sometimes beyond, and they’re only five minutes from the lake.

The beauty of sparkling water continues to enrich the lives of those who live here in many ways. Newcomers who feel like

The two public marinas, Crane’s Mill Marina on the south side and Canyon Lake Marina on the north, are more than just a place to store your boat. They have all the amenities you need right on the lake where you want to be. They have mechanics on duty and parts, offer boat rentals of all kinds, and Ships Stores stocked with items they know you’ll need. Enjoy casual dining and spectacular sunsets at Sailor’s nightly above the marina. The two yacht clubs, Hill Country Yacht Club and Lake Canyon Yacht Club, manage private marinas; they offer slip rentals but may have a wait list. Hill Country Yacht Club operates out of Canyon Lake Marina. The lake’s fifth marina is for military use; Randolph and Fort Sam have recently merged their recreation operations. There are swim beaches, fishing docks, and boat ramps that are free, but not all. You can fish from the shoreline on Canyon Lake or at the river coming in or going out, as long as you carry a current Texas fishing license. What a deal! Plus, fishing is excellent. Largemouth bass is the most popular and abundant species with white bass next in line – striped bass are regularly stocked. The “White Bass Run” when white bass spawn is fun. There are two bait shops, one on the south side of the lake and one on the north. The newcomers may see what generations have known for thousands and thousands of years. With wide open spaces that give you room to breathe and cool water to pull you outdoors, all you need is to have the fish biting to know that the good life is here. Maybe you’ll decide to stay for awhile.

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CANYON LAKE ~ The Community life outdoors every day.....spectacular sunsets are energizing......the night sky really does have bright stars...

T he comm u nity

photo by Jaynellen Ladd


The tie that binds weaves through all the civicminded participants who belong to the Masons, the Lions Club, Rotary, VFWs, Optimists, the churches who cooperatively are active, ...and on and on, who “Canyon Lake” is formally a “census-designated place (CDP) in overlap and ultimately Comal County,” unincorporated and fiercely independent. The co-mingle as one – the designation includes Startzville, Sattler, Canyon City, Crane’s Mill one called Canyon and Hancock. Population from 16,870 in 2000 for the 183 square Lake, despite imaginary miles of space has grown to 24,586, with 34,200 estimated for the boundary lines that say otherwise. Communities are physically expanded Greater Canyon Lake area, the whole that all feel part of. separated by ranches of undeveloped land but travel from one end of Canyon Lake to the other – takes 20 minutes or less. The community known as Canyon Lake that surrounds the With 80 miles of shoreline and 8,230 acre feet of water at optimum level, Canyon Lake –the community– has room to grow without busting at the seams as it stretches around the lake. With rare exceptions, completion of Canyon Dam in 1964 effectively protected the lower Guadalupe River Basin, parts of which had been inundated by surging flashfloods throughout history, but crisis or shared concern with heavy rains downstream have created life long bonds between neighbors.

water of Canyon Lake is made up informally of about a dozen small communities loosely tied together by the name outsiders recognize, but tightly tied together by their sense of community simply by knowing who's us and who's probably not. Who's us? Cranes Mill, Startzville, Sattler, Canyon City, Hancock, Potters Creek, part of Smithson Valley, the Canyon Lake half of River Road before it gets close to New Braunfels, sometimes Fischer, some of Rebecca Creek and the part of Spring Branch called Mystic Shores – all close to the lake physically and in spirit.

The cherished small town ambiance has kept Canyon Lake unique among contemporary projects of similar size. Mom and Pop businesses survive. There's no one centralized business center but several small ones. Traffic congestion is rare (holidays excepted) and the air is clean. There's no city, and little that would be called city lights – just small town communities spread out along the lake’s shoreline collectively and cooperatively operating as one and retaining the laid-back friendly rural feel that defines Canyon Lake today.

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the nature of life on the river

Water RECREATION ~ River Road scenic river road

“The Guadalupe River ... where nature makes your vacation and relaxation comes free” ~ Mike Dussere, WORD ~ by Mike Dussere River Road in Comal County is one of the genuine gems of Texas. Breathtakingly beautiful water flows through cliffs and hills, lending a sense of calm to those driving, camping, and floating throughout the area. The flows can alternate from sedate to challenging on a

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weekly basis. The fishing is excellent, and the friendly atmosphere can’t be beat. Many businesses line River Road offering you scenic places to

weekend at a variety of places. Guides abound to help you relax and reel in some great fish.

camp; houses or cabins to rent; rafts, canoes, kayaks, or tubes

One of the best aspects of visiting the Guadalupe River is its

for floating the river; guided fishing trips; and much more. In the

affordability as a vacation for friends and family. Rather than

summer, crowds flock to the area, but there are always stretches

paying city hotel prices and theme park entrance fees, people can

of river to choose from that are quieter, and stretches that are

come to a place where nature makes your vacation and relaxation

packed with people having a great time. Business owners excel

comes free. The number of people who choose to return year

at setting a trip or a stay to match your mood, and can set your

after year to this scenic wonderland is staggering – but they return

float duration and experience accordingly.

for good reasons.

This stretch of river is also the southernmost trout stream in the

Whether you enjoy the peace of nature or the rollicking good time

United States, and seasonal trout stocking takes place every

of a spirited crowd, River Road and the Guadalupe River can satisfy your needs.

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maintaining the beauty for you

why word matters . . .

What is it and what does it do? by Mike Dussere The Water Oriented Recreation District of Comal County (WORD) is a special district created by the Texas Legislature in 1987. WORD’s purpose is to collect tax from tourism and water recreation related activities and use those monies for law enforcement, cleanup, community development, and other purposes within the district and on the waterways. The WORD district includes 30 miles of Guadalupe River, Canyon Lake, and the surrounding areas. WORD has passed ordinances banning glass, Styrofoam, and small plastic containers on the water for reasons of safety and environmental protection. WORD also contracts for law enforcement services on and off the water, and river, lake, and road cleanups. The vast majority of taxes collected go for these purposes. This area has been nicknamed the Water Recreation Capitol of Texas with good reason. The Guadalupe River both above and below Canyon Lake offers a wide variety of camping, lodging, fishing, including fishing from shore, and floating activities in a breathtakingly beautiful setting. Canyon Lake itself has 23 boat ramps, fishing piers, fishing guides, campgrounds, boat rentals, lodges, and much more on the shores and is a wonderful place to get away from home and relax.

folks from all over bringing their kayaks and canoes to enjoy the scenic river stretches. Early each year, WORD runs a kid fishing event on the lower river called FUNFISH. The event is free to all children and poles, bait, hot dogs, t-shirts, and drinks are provided free to participants. Bringing your own gear, if you have it, helps the supply of poles stretch further. Excellent trophies are given for the most fish caught and largest fish in each age group. Last year, over 800 children participated. Starting in 2010, WORD has been setting aside $20,000 per year to fund programs that bring wounded Veterans out onto the waters of Canyon Lake and the Guadalupe River for recreation and relaxation. Also in 2010, WORD developed and is installing a flood warning siren system for businesses along the water to keep our visitors and residents safe. In short, WORD helps to maintain the beauty and safety of a true jewel in the Texas Hill Country and works hard to ensure a safe and fun environment for tourists and residents alike.

WORD strives to keep the area pristine in many ways. In addition to the regularly scheduled cleanups and officers on duty, WORD takes rout fishing Fishing • Tubing • Rafting • Kayaking on special projects as needed. A free, 24-hour public access pier has been added to the north side of the lake at Potter’s Creek to RECREATIONAL FACILITY A COMPLETE complement the existing one at Crane’s Mill on the south side. Two boat ramps have been reworked and/or extended to facilitate easy lake access, with more under consideration for the future. When the river For Reservations or Info: (830) 964-3613 • Toll Free (877) RIO-RAFT flows were dropped for Dam maintenance, WORD contracted a crew A complete Recreational Facility To 281 From IH35, Fromgo IH35, To 281 to clean the lowered river channel and banks. 13 miles go west 13 miles Air Conditioned Riverfront Cabins Canyon west on 306. FM 306, on FM Full RV Hookups • Tent Camping Lake Turn Turn leftleft onon 2673. WORD launched a Texas Paddling Trail on the upper Guadalupe Clean Restrooms • Hot Showers 2673.GoGo1 1/2 1 1/2 miles River (above Canyon Lake) and it has been a great success, with milestotoRiver RiverRoad Convenience Store • Swimming Pool (at the stop 2673 Road (at thelight Conference Room • Free WiFi and turn left.) Sattler

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Canyon Dam water is released into the lower Guadalupe River “below the dam.” Because the water comes from the bottom of the lake, it’s cold but refreshing on a hot day. A few natural springs along the way keep it pretty chilly all day.

Tubing — or “toobing” as it is often known around Canyon Lake — is considered one of the best and most enjoyable ways to beat the summertime heat and the Guadalupe River is known as the best waterway in Texas for toobing. We know “toobing” is a good word, because the Guadalupe River is the “Toobing Capital of Texas,” so if we say it’s okay ... then it is! One of the most popular locations for toobing in our area is “the Horseshoe,” a loop of the river below Canyon Dam that crosses under FM 306 twice and allows tubers to float and then easily walk back to their starting point to float again. Local outfitters offer handy shuttle services for longer floats or for those who don’t want to take the five-minute walk back. Toobing is tiring.... The Horseshoe includes several sections of rapids at various speeds as well as a portion called the “Lazy Leg.” This is a social event. Because tubers must float closely, they meet other groups and make new friends as they travel together. Evidence of the loop’s popularity is most apparent on holiday weekends; glance down the river when you cross it on FM 306. On some holidays, it seems like you see more tubers than surface water. The duration of the short Horseshoe float is easy to gauge. It normally takes about an hour-and-a-half to two hours, depending on the route you chose; other trips can take considerably longer. It always varies with the rate of the flow that changes daily. Outfitters provide gear and know the information you need. If you’re a novice and concerned, ask your outfitter about spots to

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Tubing The Guadalupe avoid. They can tell you rough spots to maneuver around and how. If some in your group love the river but don’t love toobing, consider renting a raft or two. Quite a few outfitters offer rafts, canoes and kayaks as well as tubes. Depending on flow, a raft trip can be a relatively easy ride or an exhilarating one.

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How long you float also depends on where you get in and where you get out. Some exit on River Road in Sattler near the first low water crossing – called the 4th Crossing; they’re numbered opposite from the way the river flows because the numbering starts in New Braunfels coming into Canyon Lake from the other end of River Road – which is the direction settlers came in from. A lot of tubers start on River Road. There’s 20+ miles of choices.


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You can tube all the way to Gruene in New Braunfels or further. City of New Braunfels rules start at the Gruene bridge and differ from regulations enforced at the lake, so make sure you ask your outfitter before embarking! Or you can start your tube or raft trip there at Rocking R at the Gruene bridge and see a whole new beautiful part of the Guadalupe – or head upstream to see more. Less well known but just as fun is tubing above the lake on the Upper Guadalupe, a more laid-back experience that takes tubers past stands of ancient cypress trees, through lush riparian forests, and by looming limestone cliffs. “The Upper Guadalupe is less crowded,” said Bill Johnson, proprietor of Guadalupe Canoe Livery, said. “It’s more back-tonature, scenic ... a family-friendly atmosphere.”


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Yacht Clubs The Hill County Yacht Club (HCYC) is located at Canyon Lake Marina and promotes sailing and power boating as a wholesome sport for the whole family and one for all ages. They offer instructional, competitive and social activities for sailors and power boaters. Competitive activities include PHRF racing with a race scheduled most months. The Lake Canyon Yacht Club (LCYC), a membership only club, promotes the art of sailing as its primary focus. Facilities on the northeast side of the Lake occupy 18 acres of land on a bluff overlooking the lake. LCYC supports an active racing program with special regattas planned for July 4th, Labor Day, and two in October. Call 210-590-7100 or visit

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The annual holiday Parade of Lights on Canyon Lake, held at dusk on December 10 in 2011, a full moon Saturday, is hosted by HCYC but participation is not restricted to members. For information on the Yacht Club, visit

fishing for memories For the early settlers until as recently as a generation ago, fishing was an activity used simply to get food to eat, evolving later into a form of relaxation or an outdoor experience. Now it’s focused on family recreation, a recent study showed. The fun of fishing, the experience of catching a lot or a ”really big one” all boils down to an adventure and the bonding with your mentor or student that creates a memory you will always treasure.

white bass run fun The White Bass Run when the white bass start spawning is renowned in many Texas rivers and streams. The Rebecca Creek boat ramp is a favorite for anglers who head upstream to an area known as “the rapids.” Look for high spots that concentrate fish as they move upstream. The area around Crane’s Mill Park is legendary in the winter and early spring as white bass school up, staged for the spawning run up the river. In late spring, check the mouth of major creeks.” (Source:


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catching bass on Canyon Lake

photo by Sue Sweat

fishing facts

~ bass, trout, catfish ... by Barry Dodd

Consider several factors when fishing Canyon Lake. It’s an older, rocky, deep, clear, highland, canyon reservoir without much living vegetation, like lily pads and grasses. These factors are important because they affect where and how to fish and seasonal patterns. These factors also support why the majority of bass caught in Canyon Lake are 12” to 18” long, although larger bass are caught. The record largemouth is 11.69 lbs and 6.13 lb for smallmouth.

the right gear Many folks use equipment that’s not suited for fishing this lake. Sound crazy? It’s not. Your equipment needs to be suited to the water you fish and is as important as your lure selection, location and presentation. It’s like running off-road tires on your Lincoln Continental – they will roll – but are not engineered for touring or comfort. So, it’s best to downsize your equipment – use lighter lines, rods and reels. Rods. Rods should be very sensitive, around 6.5’ to 7’ long, medium action with fast to extra fast tips. Higher quality graphite rods are best. Reels. When using both open-face spinning and bait casting reels, select spinning reels with line capacity of around 100 yards of 8 to 10 lb. It needs to have a smooth and effective adjustable front drag, six or more ball bearings, instant anti-reverse, and avoid those that back up or have triggers. For bait casting reels, capacity should be around 100 yards of 12 to 15 lbs, six or more ball bearing, smooth drag, instant anti-reverse roller bearings, and adjustable braking system minimizing backlashes. Line. Line preference is 8 to 10 lb on spinning reels and 10 to 15 lb for bait casting; using spectra, fluorocarbon and co-polymer lines is suggested. Co-polymer is more cost effective, strong, very abrasive resistant, lower stretch than monofilament and withstands heat and cold changes effectively. It is also manageable on any type reel and holds knots extremely well.

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Barry Dodd is a fishing guide for the Lake area. For more information, contact Barry at 210-771-0123 or .

trout fishing While the Guadalupe River is famous for toobing, anglers know it best as the premier southernmost trout fishing destination in the US and one of the best 100 trout streams in the nation, as well – the cold tailwater fishery immediately below Canyon Dam is the only place in Texas cold enough for trout to survive year round. If you have kids, make plans around WORD’s FunFish for kids scheduled annually every February to coincide with trout stocking by Texas Parks & Wildlife’s (TP&W) and Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited (GRTU), a private conservation group dedicated to protecting fisheries. Kids may outnumber the rods supplied. Registration for FunFish is required. Enjoy catching rainbow and brown trout, bass, catfish year round. Optimum trout fishing is at the close of the summer tubing season.

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Low Cost Memberships Available RV Sites and Condos 2 Swimming Pools, Recreation Hall, Laundry, Clubhouse, Wi-Fi, Pet Friendly, Fishing, Shuffleboard, Group Activities & More

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Fish ‘n TIPS

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fishing piers & boat ramps

There are two fishing piers on the lake and one at the base of the dam that are open to the public 24 hours a day. One is on the northwest end of the lake at Potter’s Creek, about 50 yards west of the boat ramp and floating boat dock. The south pier is on the lake’s south side at the west end at Crane’s Mill, where The Guadalupe feeds into Canyon Lake. The park is closed for renovations but the fishing pier is open. The water is shallow near shore and much deeper the further out you cast. Boat ramp locations are shown on the map on pages 24 and 25 along with park locations, lodging and points of interest.

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“What’s biting?” “What do you fish for, now?” These are common questions your bait shop gets frequently. The answer changes depending on when you ask, but the patterns that repeat seasonally will help you know what species to expect when. January: Trout (below the dam or lower Guadalupe River), smallmouth bass and catfish February: Trout, catfish, smallmouth bass and the start of the white bass spawning run up the river in the latter half of the month March: White bass and crappie spawning run in full force. Hungry black bass start staging for the spawn April-May: Prime fishing! White bass, stripers, black bass spawn in full force. June-August: Black bass slowing down. Catfishing is heating up! September-November: Black bass are hungry! Smallmouth get active. Catfish start slowing down. December. Trout stocking begins, catfish are hit and miss. To maximize your chances for success on the water, stop by the local bait and tackle shop for a detailed fishing report that’s up to date while you’re visiting. You can find a lot of local fishing information online, including what bait or rig to use, etc. but you won’t get a personal evaluation there. Why spend all that time digging, when your bait and tackle shop has already done the research? Why reinvent the wheel? Let your bait man share what he knows – and hears, while he takes care of your fishing license too.

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Recreational trAILS

... made for you

Five trails around Canyon Lake maintained by the Corp of Engineers are designated for various recreational uses and planned for different levels of challenge. Hikers using the trails may encounter birders, wildlife enthusiasts, cyclists, or even horseback riders on some trails.

Canyon Dam Crest Trail is a scenic, paved, one mile long trail across the top of the dam that many enjoy using for daily exercise, but it is popular with photographers and hikers also. It is accessed via Overlook Park from the south end of the Canyon Dam or North Park from the north and is easy scenic terrain for pedestrians of all ages and abilities.

Guadalupe River South Trail is below the dam on the right bank of the river looking downstream. This scenic trail is for pedestrians but has a more challenging terrain. It winds along the river for almost a mile and is popular with birders and fishermen. Guadalupe River North Trail is short, paved, and wheelchair accessible and leads to a

fishing platform on the left bank. Fishing is great in the discharge area of Canyon Dam 14358 FM 306 • Next to La Casa del Lago AND now on River Rd especially during trout stocking season from November through February.

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Madrone Trail is located in Canyon Park and is open year round. Both hikers and mountain bikers enjoy this seven-mile long trail. It is intermediate to advanced level and has become popular with cyclists throughout the state because of its challenges. Old Hancock Trail, the only trail along the lake, welcomes hikers and is great for mountain biking and riding horses. Located at the end of Hancock Road near the Canyon Lake Airport, Old Hancock Trail is the only free, public equestrian trail at the Lake. The threeand-a-half-mile long trail runs along the shore to Canyon Park.


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Canyon Lake parks managed by the US Army Corp of Engineers (COE) have become a favorite statewide. The Corp estimates more than a million visitors to the parks each year, so some stay full year round. Early reservations are recommended.

A lodging list with phone numbers can be found on page 23 that accompanies the map that shows the location of each. It’s always best to plan ahead particularly during peak holiday times. Respect that private property is private and don’t trespass or cut through.

Comal, Guadalupe, Overlook Parks and Canyon Beach Park are day use and close at sunset. Summaries follow from the Corp of Camping parks are Potters Creek, Canyon Park, Engineers’ website, where most of this Cranes Mill Park (closed for renovations but the information came from. It’s user friendly – fishing pier is open), and North Park. Overlook easy to navigate and informative without photo courtesy of Mystic Shores Park, Guadalupe Park, and Hancock Trail are overwhelming details. For more information, open year round – Hancock Trail that allows horses is closed visit /, click the Recreation tab. during rain because of mud at the trail head. Canyon Beach and Potter’s Creek Park Comal Park are open April through September. Potter’s Creek Park is a beautiful park with a gorgeous view located on the northwest side of the Lake – take Potter’s Creek Four intersections on FM 306 with blinking lights indicate access to a park. There are two swim beaches: Canyon Park on the north Road at the junction of Hwy 484 (Fischer Road). The Park has 114 modern RV campsites, seven screened shelters, ten designated side accessible from Hancock with Comal Park on the south side. tent camping sites, and five family sites. It has two boat ramps, a Group shelters are available at Comal Park and Potter’s Creek.. new floating fishing pier donated by WORD, and a swim beach for If the parks are full, there are private sites available for rent from campers. It is open year round. For Potter’s Creek reservations, tent camping to RV parks, cabins, cottages, B&B’s and lodges call 1-877-444-6777. speckled all around Canyon Lake and the Guadalupe River, both Canyon Park above the lake and below it. Canyon Park offers camping only but no RV hookups; the swim beach at the entrance is day use only. Canyon Park has a boat ramp, vault toilets but no showers, two overnight shelters and one day use shelter that works well for sheltering larger groups. Canyon Beach Park is available for day use for paid guests. located on the north shore of the lake – about one mile on the left of Canyon Park Road. Canyon Swim Beach is on the left before entering Canyon Park. Located on the northside of the lake near Hancock, it is open April 1st through September 30th, 7am-10pm Canyon Lake, Texas

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Crane’s Mill Park ~ Park temporarily closed but the pier’s open.

Cabins • RV Sites • Tent Sites

Crane’s Mill Park is CLOSED for reconstruction and renovations but the fishing pier outside the park is OPEN. The Park is located on the southwest shore of Canyon Lake at the end of FM 2673.

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PARKS, continued


North Park North Park is located off FM 306 near the dam and is popular with scuba divers who need overnight camping permits – no day use is allowed. There are 19 campsites but no RV hookups, vault toilets, showers, or boat ramp. The park is open from 7am to 10pm.

Comal Park Comal Park is available for day use for paid guests. Comal Park has two boat ramps, 65 picnic sites, a large swim beach, children’s playground, a restroom at the beach and boat ramp, rinse-off shower and horseshoe pit. The turnoff to the Park is on the south shore of Canyon Lake near Startzville, west of the FM 3159 intersection. From FM 2673, turn on to Canyon Bend Street (at the Dairy Queen) and follow signs two more miles. The park is open daily April 1 to September 30 from 7am to sunset.


Tuesday Ladies Night/Open Mic with Mark Sebby Wednesday FREE pool & tournament Thursday Lost in Texas Jam Friday Karaoke & Biker appreciation Saturday Sebby Production's Presents Live Bands Sunday TJM Music Series Finger Lickin & Pickin hours noon to close

Guadalupe Park Guadalupe Park is located below Canyon Dam along the first mile of the lower Guadalupe River where water is released from the Dam; the cold water is ideal for the stocked trout, and fishing is excellent. The Guadalupe River is the southernmost sustainable trout fishery in the nation, with this stretch the state’s premier trout fishing stream. Fishing is accessible from the two river trails. It has an ADA-accessible parking lot and trailway to a public fishing pier on the left bank below the hydropower plant. No camping or picnic facilities are available. The restroom at Overlook Park nearby closes at sunset daily. Use of Guadalupe Park is free of charge.

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Overlook Park Overlook Park is perched on a hilltop at the south end of the Dam and open daily from 7am until sunset. The Corp’s Canyon Lake headquarters is onsite and provides visitor information and is open 8am to 4:30pm weekdays (excluding federal holidays). There are restrooms but no camping or picnic facilities. Although distant, the park fills in December to watch the Parade of Lights float by at sunset decorated in holiday lights. The close-up seats are on the deck at Sailor’s Lakeside Grill. Friends and friends-tobe meet afterwards down the hill at the Dam Red Barn. Use of Overlook Park is free of charge.

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Nature tourism

Birds, butterflies, bats and more Public recreation areas offer great chances to view and photograph creatures in their natural habitats. It’s estimated that 66 million people enjoyed watching America’s wildlife last year. Wildlife Viewing is defined as birdwatching or other nature study, viewing and photographing natural scenery, and sightseeing. A lot of visitors and residents who continue to be fascinated with all there is to see here will fill that category quickly. The Hill Country is considered one of the most ecologically diverse areas in the nation with two out of three of the bird species found in all of Texas, 40% of the plant life found in Texas and 200 species of butterflies, but the Hill Country covers only 17% of the State. Over half of the known wildlife in North America are found here. The diversity is due to the actual geographical location, the topography, rainfall and temperature. The variety of birdlife is exceptional and diverse butterfly habitats are abundant as well. Although bats inhabit the entire planet, they are prevalent in the Hill Country with local caves harboring about 12 different species.* The Corp trails are popular with birders who see osprey, raptors, and waterfowl. Spot sparrows, wrens, migrating warblers, and roadrunners in the fields. See those plus woodpeckers, kingfishers and other riparian birds at Guadalupe River Park. Watch herons, ducks, loons, terns, and osprey near the marina. Bird the equestrian trail at Hancock Park to spot painted bunting, blue grosbeak, raptors, woodpeckers, migrating warblers and more. *(Source:



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special occasions

special occasion options The world outside of Canyon Lake doesn’t realize how many, varied and beautiful Special Occasion venues are concentrated in one area. Naming a few who represent the wide range available begins with a premiere option. The Canyon Lakeview Resort can accommodate groups of up to 200 people for weddings, receptions, family reunions, corporate training, and so on. Luxurious to Cowboy Chic to an affordable Texas cookout are a few themes well suited for the resort. The majestic, natural outdoor setting with a panoramic view of Canyon Lake on three sides is unmatched. Comfortable indoor options with catering, audio/visual, etc. is also available. Meeting venues are within walking distance of the beautiful lodge suites and cathedral cabins – with stunning lake views as well. Unlike many options, packages can include lodging for up to 146 and can also be self contained to reduce transportation. The entire site can also be reserved exclusively.

rocking M J ranch Bed & Breakfast

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LittleGoose LakeHaus Bed & Breakfast

Sailor’s Lakeside Grill overlooking the lake at Canyon Lake Marina has a 1,700 sq.ft. upstairs banquet room for 100 guests, and the downstairs deck –known for its spectacular views– can be reserved exclusively on weekdays. Lucky’s, their sister restaurant, also has an upstairs patio with a lake view that can be reserved. Lazy L&L on the beautiful Guadalupe River is perfect for a rally or retreat for up to 50 guests. A large dance pavilion, stage and restrooms have been added near the entrance to the main campground. They have a 2,100 sq.ft. recreation hall with a kitchen, pool table, shuffleboard, fireplace and satellite TV. There are three 20x30 pavilions and a meeting room for separate forums. Lake Pointe Resort has added a new meeting hall with a fully equipped kitchen that’s available for rental to non-members for family reunions, birthdays or other events. Lake Pointe offers a friendly, wholesome, and peaceful environment.

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The Dam Red Barn, a local landmark, has always been a favorite for parties organized by biker groups that are often made up of professionals-on-holiday these days. Many biker groups organize to host rides requiring registration that benefit Wounded Warriors, breast cancer research, or no-kill shelters like Canyon Lake’s CLASS (Canyon Lake Animal Shelter Society) – the Dam Red Barn is always one of the regular stops for most every ride. .


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Lodging local churches, about our seniors, our kids and more. After you use the lodging list below to find your quarters for the evening, hold to the• wildflowers map. byYou need itby Cindy to Rosenbusch • Fly Fisherman Mark Anawaty by Sue Sweat • canoeing photo courtesy of The Summit jet skieron by KarlaHeld Susanmight Roads • bluebonnets We’re glad we’re here. We think wide open spaces and find some of the many Attractions we have here in Canyon fresh air help you breathe a little easier, that spectacular Lake or conveniently close by with short scenic drives to sunsets are energizing ... and life’s a little calmer when city neighboring towns.. A local and area event calendar is lights aren’t so bright. included as well. In the Stay A Lifetime section, you can learn about about life at the lake, the services we have, all we have new, plus lots more to do. You’ll find a lot you’ll want to know or need when you return to stay awhile longer. All the necessities are included in our Community pages about services you might need, the new library, the new schools, the new firehouses,

We’re convinced the destination you choose can make your journey so much better. photo courtesy of the Summit

At least enjoy the peace of nature for your vacation – the relaxation comes free.

The little lodging symbols on the map correspond with the numbers below


1. AAA Lazy R&R Cove, p.16 ............................. 830-885-4035 2. Abbott’s Condos, Cabins & Campsites, p.11 830-387-9731 3. Blanco Luxury Inn (Best Western), p.30....... 830-833-5697 4. Bosque Colina Vacation Home, p.29............. **See below 5. Bunk Haus Lodging & RV Park, p.18............ 830-935-2735 6. Canyon Lakeviews Resort, p.4 & 27...............210-787-1770 7. Creek Hollow Cabins & RV Park, p.22 ......... 830-899-7121 8. Firefly Inn B&B, p.34 ...................................... 800-687-2887 9 Guadalupe’s Best RV Park, p.19 ..................... 830-964-3393 10. Holiday Lodge, p.22 ....................................... 830-964-3693 11. The Lakehouse B&B, p.22 ............................... 866-616-5253 12. Lake Pointe Resort, p.15.................................... 830-935-4351 **email:

13. Lazy L&L Campstore, p.17 ............................ 830-964-3455 14. Little Goose Lakehaus B&B, p.21 ................... 830-899-3828 15. Log Cabins at Jacobs Creek, p.31 .................. 830-964-2638 16. Millie’s Canyon Lake Cottages, p.14 ............. 830-964-3621 17. Rio Raft & Resort, p.11 .................................... 830-964-3613 18. Riverside Resort, p.18 ...................................... 830-964-3629 19. Rocking MJ Ranch B&B, p.21 ........................ 830-964-3000 20. Scenic River Properties, p.20 .......................... 830-964-3127 21. *Summit Vacation Resort, p.63 ..................... 830-964-2531 22. *Terrapin River Loft, p.21 ............................ 830-226-5194 23. *Wingate by Wyndham Hotel, p.28............... 830-515-4710 24. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park, p.14 ..................... 877-964-3731 *Lodging on River Road map that overlaps Lake map

photo credits jet skier by KarlaHeld • wildflowers by Susan Roads • bluebonnets by Cindy Rosenbusch • Fly Fisherman Mark Anawaty by Sue Sweat • canoeing photo courtesy of The Summit

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AAA Lazy R&R Cove Abbott’s Condos, Cabins & Campsites 3 Blanco Luxury Suites 4 Bosque Colina LLC 5 Bunk Haus Lodging & RV Park 6 Canyon Lake Views Resort 7 Creek Hollow Cabins & RV Park 8 Firefly Inn B&B 9 Guadalupe’s Best RV Park 10 Holiday Lodge 11 The Lakehouse B&B 12 Lake Pointe Resort 13* Lazy L&L Campstore 14 Little Goose Lakehaus B&B 15 Log Cabins at Jacobs Creek 16 Millie’s Canyon Lake Cottages 17 Rio Raft Resort 18 Riverside Resort 19 Rocking MJ Ranch B&B 20 Scenic River Properties 21* Summit Vacation Resort 22* Terrapin River Loft 23* Wingate by Wyndham Hotel 24 Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park

1 POINTS OF INTEREST 1 Canyon Dam 2 Canyon Lake Chamber & Visitor Ctr 3 Canyon Lake Fire/EMS #1 4 Canyon Lake Fire/EMS #2 5 Canyon Lake Fire/EMS #3 6 Canyon Lake Fire/EMS #5 (open 2011) 7 Canyon Lake Gorge 8 Canyon Lake Marina 9 Canyon Lake Post Office 10 Cranes Mill Marina 11 CRRC Activity Ctr & Thrift Store 12 CRRC Recreation Center 13 Heritage Museum 14 Tye Preston Memorial Library 15 US Army & Randolph AFB Recreation Areas See area map on facing page * See Guadalupe River Map on next page

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venues may not offer full electrical power, drinkable water and restroom facilities, along with other strategic issues to consider when planning. But, these charming locations are also unlike any other, and can help you The area called “Canyon Lake” covers a lot of territory, so it’s not surprising create wonderful, lasting memories with grand photo opportunities! that there are an impressive number of options available with widely ranging assets that in turn meet the whims of a wide variety of personalities who The Guadalupe River has several unique spots for a riverside event. The all want what they want – some formal, some fancy, some simple comfort, Guadalupe River, one of the cleanest rivers in Texas and one of the most and some are the doctors and lawyers who require the Harley come along. popular, is visited by over one million each year. It’s cool, green waters Canyon Lake has it all – somewhere. But how do you find that perfect consistently flow year-round, occasionally affected by rainfall. A riverside place for Your Party To Remember? This Special Occasion introduction event may be challenging if held during peak summer months because of will become a new section next year to answer that question. ~ Publisher the activity on the river, but evenings and other months can provide quiet, relaxing times. The river is also controlled to an extent – no docks or Special occasion venues piers along its banks with electrical power, drinkable water and restroom by Bonnie Hopper facilities again important items to consider. The natural charm of the river Canyon Lake is home to a variety of locations for special events. Several is sure to provide you with indelible memories and beautiful photos. are deep in the midst of the beautiful hill country environment with Event needs, such as tents, chairs, dance floors, lighting, catering, music/ calming hillside views while others are perfectly situated on the water’s edge unlike anything else in the area. Options include rustic atmosphere DJ’s, other entertainment, photographers, parking, and assistance with event coordination are important parts of your planning. Professional to formal settings for small to large groups. This part of the Texas Hill Event Planners or specialists such as Wedding Coordinators can help Country has mild temperatures nine to ten months of the year – pretty great for outdoor happenings! Hopefully this will assist you in locating the with professional vendors and manage your event on the day of the event, leaving you free to enjoy the party! Do-it-yourself folks can usually find perfect spot for your special occasion. reputable vendors lists on venue websites to line up all the details on your Canyon Lake has over 80 miles of shoreline, but very few are venues own. The Canyon Lake Chamber is an excellent source that can provide you right on the water. Canyon Lake’s beautiful clear blue waters are an member names of similar services, as well as someone to make it work. amazing backdrop for any occasion. Some venues include lodging for Bonnie Hopper is the on-site manager of the Canyon Lakeview overnight stays and weekend events. Being away from bright city lights Resort. As the former Admin at the Canyon Lake Chamber of allows one an unobstructed view of the stars above after dark. The stars Commerce, she has a wealth of information about all things Canyon do go on forever! Because Canyon Lake is a Corps Reservoir, waterside Lake. If you have questions, she can be reached at 210-787-1770.

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Follow the taste of Texas wines Award-winning Texas wineries are scattered throughout the Texas Hill Country and welcome visitors for tastings, sampling, and sipping. Enjoy the outstanding scenic drive from winery to winery. Fawncrest Vineyard, a locally-owned and family-operated winery has a breathtaking view of Canyon Lake from their wine tasting area that overlooks the vineyard. They produce quality wines at reasonable prices and offer wine tastings on weekends or by appointment. Fawncrest Vineyard is located on the north side of Canyon Lake off FM 306 at 1370 Westside Circle. For easy directions, call 830-935-2407 or (cell) 281-413-2045, or visit www. Other wineries close by are Dry Comal Creek off Hwy 46 and Driftwood Estate Winery north of Wimberley. Producing Bordeaux Style Red Wines & Chardonnay Wine Tasting: Saturdays 12-7pm or by appt. Call for more information and directions.

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The Mid-Texas Symphony is in its 34th season that kicks off September 11 – the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy. With three concerts scheduled in Seguin and three in New Braunfels planned each season, they are honoring our country’s sacrifices with an “America The Beautiful” theme for 2011 that includes a Peace on Earth concert for their often sold-out Christmas performance. Music Director David Mairs gives witty but short and clear explanations of each piece, making the music more meaningful and accessible. The Symphony has presented free children’s concerts since 1988 and anticipates serving almost 5,000 children this season. Other educational programs have included a Young Artist Competition for college students, a Music Memory competition for elementary students, and the Community Music Academy (jointly with Texas Lutheran University). Discounts are offered to seniors, students, and the military with ID’s. For more information, call 830-629-0336 or visit

The Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre performances of the arts are alive! It is a popular destination point in the revitalized historic district downtown and is celebrating its 10th anniversary. As a major cultural and entertainment center in New Braunfels, energetic performers play to full houses most evenings and expose the entire family to many areas of art. Special events, touring productions, seasoned performers, and children’s theater activities delight audiences on one of the largest stages in the area. For more information, call 830-627-0808 or visit

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Canyon Lake’s

Blanco ~ Rich with history

Heritage Museum of the Texas Hill Country

From the beautiful Blanco State Park on the Blanco River to the quaint town square, there’s a lot to see and do in Blanco. 

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• Blanco Lavender Festival is held June 10th through the 12th on the grounds of the Old Blanco Courthouse. Experience Lavender in so many ways during the month of June! Farm tours, markets, a street dance. Go to and to plan your visits – proudly brought to you in part by the Go Texan Rural Community Program. Rural Texas – a great escape! For more information, visit • Blanco Classic Car show at Blanco State Park with sounds to match the sights of the bygone days. The average 200 cars yearly. • Market Days is held on the 3rd Saturday, March thru December, at the Old Blanco County Courthouse. • Blanco Trade Days & Farmer’s Market the last weekend of each month on Saturday and Sundays from March through December at Yett Park; its two miles south of Blanco off Hwy 281 or 1/4 mile north of Ranch Road 32.

Call the Blanco Chamber: 830-833-5101,

If you’re on vacation or just passing through Canyon Lake, you owe it to yourself to stop at the Heritage Museum of the Texas Hill Country for a most interesting visit. This unique museum combines displays of the local farming and pioneer culture as well as over 350 identified, mapped, and documented dinosaur tracks. The footprints are thought to have been made by Acrocanthosaurus, an omnivore, or meat-eater and Iguanadon, a herbivore, or plant-eater. The property was originally operated as “Dinosaur Flats” in the 1980s, but was closed to the public in the 1990s due to the owner’s illness. Members of the Heritage Museum of the Texas Hill Country acquired the property as a display area for their farm equipment, local antiquities, Canyon Lake Dam displays, and Native American artifacts. It was with the understanding that the Museum would preserve the dinosaur tracks, that the property was leased and later given to the Museum. Since 2000, the Museum has become a local resource for information on fossils, geology, and dinosaurs. Many scientists, geologists, and paleontologists have made careful studies of the dinosaur tracks for many scientific journals. The Museum has become a source of educational programs and tours for area schools and for anyone interested in the local history as well as the mysterious history of hundreds of millions of years ago. The annual Dinosaur Day is held in early April from noon to 4pm for educational talks, fossil ID, children’s activities, food, and lots more. You can easily spot the Museum by the dinosaur on the fence and the huge metal roof over the tracks.

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Day trips to area state parks by Allan C. Kimball Texas state parks offer visitors a little bit of everything: fresh air, solitude, scenic views, exercise, and history. The Hill Country has some of the best parks in the state. The nice thing about Canyon Lake being so centrally located is that you can access some of the these great parks on relatively short day trips. Here’s a brief guide.

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• Blanco State Park—Serene views and fishing are the big draws at this 164-acre park on the Blanco River. South of Blanco off US Highway 281. 830-833-4333. • Enchanted Rock State Natural Area—Spectacular views and great hiking up and around the huge pink granite dome in the heart of 1644 remote acres. North of Fredericksburg on Ranch Road 965. 830-685-3636. • Government Canyon State Natural Area—New 8625-acre wilderness park with secluded hiking. Off Loop 1604 just west of San Antonio. 210-688-9055.

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• Guadalupe River State Park—Fish, hike, swim, paddle a canoe along four miles of beautiful Guadalupe River. Off Texas Highway 46 between New Braunfels and Boerne. 830-438-22656. • Hill Country State Natural Area—Undeveloped and secluded park with 40 miles of multi-use trails with natural swimming holes on Verde Creek. South of Bandera off Texas Highway 1077 and Ranch Road 1077. 830-796-4413.



• Honey Creek State Natural Area—Gorgeous, primitive area accessible only on Saturday morning hiking tours. Call ahead. Adjacent to Guadalupe River State Park (pictured). 830-438-2656


• Lyndon B. Johnson State Park—History of our 36th president, pioneer heritage of the area, tours of the LBJ Farm. Off US Highway 290 in Stonewall. 830-644-2252.



• Pedernales Falls State Park— Views of scenic waterfalls on Pedernales River, quiet hiking, swimming on 5212 acres. On Farm Road 3232 east of Johnson City. 830-868-7304.


Allan C. Kimball is the author of Who Is Mother Neff And Why Is She A State Park, The Story Behind The Names of Texas State Parks, The 107 Best Walks in Texas, the Big Bend Guide, Rainbows Wait For Rain, The Legend of Fort Leaton, and the upcoming Texas Museums of Discovery. If you have questions or comments concerning one of Allan’s books, he can be reached at 512-847-5162. Canyon Lake & The Guadalupe River

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Wimberley ~ Events year round Established in 1848, Wimberley has 90 eclectic shops on the village Square featuring local works of art and treasure finds, fine boutiques, vintage boots, Dead Sea salts, and more in the picturesque village. Sample Texas Wines, a few jams, and salsas, then find that cute boutique in the purple house! Bluehole, “Texas’s best swimming hole” is close by. • Shops on the Square stay open on the first Friday and Saturday of each month until 8pm, March through December, to accommodate Market Day shoppers. Peek at Cypress Creek behind the shops. • Lions Club’s 470-booth Market Days on FM 2325. Super deals on vintage collectibles and antiques, stained glass, plants, planters, handmade toys and much more. It’s the second largest in Texas and admission is free! Start early or plan to return to see the rest. • Music on the Porch is on weekend nights at Linda’s Fine Foods across from Market Days. Lots of pickin’ and grinnin’ going on. • EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens’ Annual Butterflyfest 3rd Saturday in April is a must for all children. Start the day with the release of thousands of beautiful butterflies! They land everywhere! • Wimberley Valley Art League’s ArtFest, the same day, a juried art show of artisans across the state follows on the Square. Live music, street theater and more. Wimberley Chamber: 512-847-2201. • Pumpkinfest festivities start the holiday season every weekend during October. Christmas decorations soon follow to prepare for the Winters Eve festival in mid-December. A stroll through EmilyAnn’s Trail of Lights through New Years is a delight.

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Gruene Historic District German immigrants arrived in the Texas Hill Country in the 1840’s and in 1845, a group of them forded the river and became the first settlers of the City of New Braunfels. In 1878, HD Gruene opened Gruene Hall as the town’s central gathering place; the town thrived for a while, slowed but never closed during the Great Depression. A virtual ghost town until 1975 when Pat Molak and friend, Mary Jane Nalley, purchased the old gristmill boiler room and renovated it into the celebrated Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar – the Hall came with it. 830-6295077, • Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar has eight decks that overlook the river. The authentic, turn-of-the-century feel of Gruene makes a charming shopping district that draws 1 million visitors annually. • Gruene Hall is a true Texas experience. Acclaimed as “Texas’ oldest continuously operating dance hall,” the open-air dance hall is a magnet for many of Texas’ big names who started out there – George Strait, Lyle Lovett, Hal Ketchum and on. Gruene Hall features live music daily year round, including free afternoon weekend shows that are very family-friendly. Nights often sell out.

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• Old Gruene Market Day is the first full weekend of the month from 10am to 5pm. • The Guadalupe River down the hill has whitewater fun at the bridge; rent tubes at Rockin’ R to complete your Texas experience.

New Braunfels ~ A Rich Heritage The German ancestors that settled Canyon Lake communities arrived first at New Braunfels. The Comal County seat honors its rich German heritage with a 9-day Wurstfest celebration in the fall; this year is the festival’s 52nd anniversary. The city is also home to four historic museums: the Sophienburg, the Railroad Museum, Heritage Village, and Conservation Plaza. Wander the downtown historic district; and visit the Brauntex Theatre for the Performing Arts. The Comal River, fed by Comal Springs – the largest group of natural springs in the state that form the shortest river that’s only 2.5 miles short and never leaves the City of New Braunfels. It always flows! Call Rockin R, on the Comal River too, at 830-620-6262. Natural Bridge Caverns is one of the world’s finest – a majestic maze of massive rooms with one chamber alone the size of a football field. Tours vary in difficulty from spectacular to thrilling. Wear comfortable shoes. Schlitterbahn, voted as the Number One Waterpark in the World for ten years. Affordable half day tickets will exhaust younger kids. Older kids can’t get enough!. Schliterbahn’s Christmas Store after Thanksgiving is a holiday event that rekindles the Christmas spirit. 830-625-2351,

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backroad scenes Hill Country drives are so spendid and well known, they are considered an attraction. For a change of pace, you can get to some nice neighboring towns in fifteen minutes to a half hour. Even the short trips are scenic and, in most any direction, you can stop at a winery for sample tasting on the way. Travel on.

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• New Braunfels and the Gruene Historic District are a quick ten to fifteen minutes southeast on FM 306. Better yet, take the scenic route down River Road – 20 miles at a lazy pace.

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• The Outlet Malls in San Marcos is a little longer trip heading out of the Hill Country but the Outlet Malls are touted on the View TV show as the 2nd Best Place to Shop in the world, next to Dubai!

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Central Texas towns like Fredericksburg, Kerrville, Johnson City and Bandera are so close that Canyon Lake is ideal for lodging.

Golf in the hills – way above par Texas Hill Country, with its rolling, forested terrain and terrific weather is perfect for golf and is quickly becoming nationally known for its many great courses. There are nearly 100 terrific golf courses within a short drive of Canyon Lake. Most of the clubs in the area cost half as much as comparable venues elsewhere with more of a laid back, welcoming Texas attitude.

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Strategically located less than an hour from the capital city of Austin and a half hour from San Antonio, Canyon Lake is convenient to many area attractions, shopping, universities, stateof-the-art medical care, recreation destinations, cultural centers, arts and music venues and many locally-owned businesses. It’s easy to see why Comal County is one of the fastest growing counties in Texas. The Texas Hill Country lifestyle and scenic terrain draws a vibrant mix of people who make up this diverse community. Young families are “going rural,” choosing an easier pace and a safer place. The low cost of living index – with no state income tax or city taxes – is lower than the national average, keeping a piece of the good life within reach for retirees. Low density and mild temperatures are enjoyed by all. Opportunities abound for people of all ages to get involved –from the youngest residents to the retirees that call Canyon Lake home. Rather than offering a little bit of something for anyone, a lot of everything for every interest defines it better. The Tye Preston Memorial Library has opened the doors of their grand new facility. Almost four times its previous size, it offers more community programs for kids and adults than before. Learn what giving back means and learn what “Canyon Lake friendly” means – TPML represents both so well. You will be impressed.

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1917 FM 2673 • Sattler Just West of River Road Light

Retirees enjoy a healthy lifestyle and active life around the lake, many senior activities, and a safe environment away from city troubles. Exercise classes 9/11 Freedom Walk across the Dam geared toward seniors, like Silver Sneakers are held daily at the CRRC Rec Center along with a lot of other activities. Attendance is high and more are welcome. Since February, seniors have been meeting, socializing, trading books and gathering for games at the new Senior Center opened by the Community Resource & Recreation Center (CRRC). It’s next to the Rec Center off South Access Road. Seniors are currently deciding what activities they would like, from Wii Bowling, to Classic Movies watching older films, to Day Trips by bus, and more. Seniors are pleased that emergency services are close by and the retirement community is growing fast. Programs offered by CRRC, a United Way Agency, from their office location in Sattler include a food pantry, emergency financial assistance for families in need, a free durable medical equipment lend program, and a Meals on Wheels program. CRRC partners with local churches who assist the food pantry with funding to supplement CRRC’s use of the local Foodbank as well as consistent volunteers. CRRC provides a safety net critical for many seniors. Call 830-964-2324 between 9am and 4:30pm.

Nursing and Rehab Center 2590 Loop 337 N New Braunfels, Texas 78130

“Specializing in Short Term Rehab and Long Term Care”

4520 Highway 281 South, Blanco 830-833-0510 • Urgent Care • Primary Care Acupuncture TCM & Massage Therapy • Reiki

Fast Track Rehabilitation and Recovery

offers our clients an innovative program of physical, occupational, speech, and respiratory therapies. Accepting Medicare, Medicaid, Private, VA, Hospice, and Insurance

For more information, call (830) 620-0509.

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retirement ...

community counts

Living life in the slower lane eases the transition into retirement because it allows seniors time to volunteer and get involved before retiring. And boy, do they! Because the Canyon Lake Community has over 50 community organizations, many get active early on. The number of volunteers who help locally is staggering. Due to the lake’s proximity to Randolph Air Force Base and Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, a large group of military retirees have made Canyon Lake their home. These retirees enjoy convenient shopping at the base, Brooke Army Medical Center facilities close by, two active VFW organizations, plus recreational facilities that the bases maintain at the lake. A large number of children of military parents live here because childhood memories camping or fishing at the military rec areas kept them focused.


• Home Style Boarding • Doggie Day Care • Doggie Web Cam • Grooming • Onsite Security 24/7 • Pet Taxi

13200 Hwy 281 N • Spring Branch 78070

Winter Texans, retirees who visit the Hill Country to escape the harsh winters up north, stay here to enjoy the mild winters, reasonable prices, and discounts on housing offered in Canyon Lake in the off season months. Many who return annually now know one another as well as local residents. Several hundred are welcomed each February at the Winter Texan Reception, hosted by the Canyon Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.

Habitat for Safe Seniors Food Distribution EvEry FriDay except Holidays. Distribute to 55 & Under after all Seniors get through about 11:30am

Habitat for Safe Seniors also hosts Food Fairs sponsored by the Comal County Food Bank every Friday from 11:30 to 3pm. Those not over 55 are served after seniors. They also have a supply of ramps they will find volunteers to install if needed. For information, call 830-899-2256 or visit For emergencies, call 210-347-8207.

Thurs–Sat • 9–4 Accepting Clean, Working ItemS & FUrnItUre


Rondah A. Savage, Executive Director • 2174 Old Sattler Rd • Canyon Lake



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We accept






personal checks, most insurances & Medicare. We do not accept Medicaid.

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canyon lake water service company

Providing Retail Water Providing Retail Water Utility Service the Utility Service toto the Greater Canyon Lake, Greater Canyon Lake, Spring Branch and Bulverde Areas Spring Branch and Bulverde Areas

Fire protection and EMS services are provided by four Emergency Services Districts (ESDs). Like school districts, they are political subdivisions of the State rather than part of the county government, but of course, work closely with Commissioners. To accommodate a rapidly growing population, increased manpower and new equipment have been added to ensure trained, professional firefighters and paramedics with state-of-the-art equipment arrive to an emergency within minutes.

For information, call 830-907-2922,

830-964-2166 830-964-2166

Local Telephone Unlimited Long Distance High-Speed Broadband Voice Mail Digital Cable TV Security Monitoring



Welcome to Canyon Lake! If you need RV Supplies, Sporting Goods, Fishing Tackle, Marine Supplies, River Tubes, Kayaks, Gifts, Cards, Paint, Hardware, Electrical and Plumbing Supplies, Hunting or Fishing Licenses, Lawn and Garden Materials, Plants, Toys or Games, Snacks or Sodas . . .

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New library here to serve visitors and residents

by Linda C. Jacobson Want a comfortable place to settled down with a good book? Need access to the Internet or to use a computer? Looking for a great deal on used books? Interested in a computer workshop or hearing a presentation from a local author or expert? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you need to take a short drive to South Access Road near Canyon Dam and visit the new Tye Preston Memorial Library (TPML). Open since October of last year, the new 19,000-square-foot library more than tripled the size of the former building in Sattler. In addition to a full-service library with a larger collection of books and DVDs, expanded children’s area and 27 computer stations, the new building includes the Friends of TPML bookstore, a teen room, several reading areas, a gathering area, and a covered deck overlooking the treetops along the Guadalupe River. There’s also a 2,100-square-foot community meeting room that can be divided into three separate rooms, complete with a commercial kitchen for catered events. Bette Wehner, president of the library Board of Trustees, co-chaired the six-year project to build the new library for Canyon Lake. “TPML from its beginning has been a library built by the community for the community,” Wehner said. “We want residents and visitors alike to feel at home here.”

Tye Preston Memorial Library, located in Sattler at 16311 South Access Road, is open 9am-8:30pm Monday-Thursday and from 10-5 on Friday and Saturday. For more information, call 830-9643744 or visit All programs at Tye Preston Memorial Library are free and open to the public. Sign up online for the TPML monthly newsletter and learn about the new, exciting programs, books and other resources and activities available.

Saturday or check their website.* • Millionaire’s Reading Club: Children in grades 2-8 are welcome to join the club and meet in the children’s area at 3:30pm on the second and fourth Monday of each month.

Library offers kids’ programming year around Whether you have a toddler, a tween or teen in your life, Tye Preston Memorial Library offers a wide range of programming that’s both family friendly and free. • Preschool Storytime and Baby Lapsit: Every Wednesday beginning at 10am, share a good book, songs, crafts and a snack. • Get Ready for Kindergarten: Scheduled for second Mondays October through May for ages 3 to 5, this is a hands-on educational program. Call or come in to sign up. • Books with Bailey: Children normally reluctant to read aloud really open up around Bailey, an Australian Shepherd dog who doesn’t mind a bit when a reader stumbles over a hard word. Bailey arrives every other Saturday at 11am. Call to check if it’s Bailey’s

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• Summer Reading Program: Six-week program kicks off June 1st. Opening day includes a carnival, then weekly programs and incentives to read continue. Top readers may win a bicycle! • Teens Read Program: This program for older “kids,” meets for four weeks beginning June 9. Teens talk about their favorite books, have a snack, enjoy a fun demonstration or activity, and finish with drawings for prizes. • Movies on the TPML Big Screen: Call to find out about current showings or check their website.*

For information, call (830) 964-3744 or visit

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“This 2010/2011 season basketball team is very young but we are struggling early to excel soon," Coach Monzingo said. Girls’ volleyball made playoffs. Cross Country made their first state qualifier and the swim team had its first regional qualifier. The first track meet of the season is scheduled in Blanco. Tennis, golf and soccer were underway at interview time and baseball had not begun. The football team won their first playoff game against Burnet, formidable former champions. In the 2nd round, they were beaten by only one point – a disappointing loss but winning the first playoff game is huge! All you can say is, "Wow!"

startz cafe Homecooking since 1946 Monica Startz Wetz, Owner


pm 10350 Startz Road @ FM 2673 open ‘til 8s! w o N Startzville at Canyon Lake Thursday on

Mon 6am-2pm, Tue 10-2, Wed 6-2, Thur 6am-8pm, Fri 6am-9pm, Sat & Sun 6-2


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churches and schools

Let us go to the house of the Lord

PS 122:1

C ross Lutheran church and School new BraunfelS lutheran church missouri synod

Church 830-625-3666 Worship Services: 8:30 and 11:00 am Sunday School and Bible Class: 10:00 am youth ministry, men’s club ladies auxiliary

photos by Drake Williams

Comal ISD schools serving students surrounding the lake Rebecca Creek Elementary 125 Quest Ave. Spring Branch, TX 78070 GVTC Line (830) 885-1800 San Antonio (830) 609-6296 New Braunfels (830) 221-2995

Startzville Elementary 42111 FM 3159 Canyon Lake, TX 78133 GVTC Line (830) 885-8000 San Antonio (830) 609-6704 New Braunfels (830) 221-2630

Mountain Valley Middle School 1165 Sattler Road Canyon Lake, TX 78132 GVTC Line (830) 885-1300 San Antonio (830) 609-6294 New Braunfels (830) 221-2993

Smithson Valley Middle School 6101 FM 311 Spring Branch, TX 78070 GVTC Line (830) 885-1200 San Antonio (830) 609-6291 New Braunfels (830) 221-2990

Canyon Lake High School 8555 RM 32, Fischer 78623 GVTC Line (830) 885-1700 San Antonio (830) 609-6701 New Braunfels (830) 221-2987

Smithson Valley High School 14001 Hwy 46W, Spring Branch 78070 GVTC Line (830) 885-1000 San Antonio (830) 609-6289 New Braunfels (830) 221-2988

School 830-625-3969 Christ-Centered Education in a Nationally Accredited School PreSchool, K to Grade 8

2171 E. Common Street, New Braunfels TX

places of worship Canyon Lake Church of Christ 42301 FM 3159, Canyon Lake  78133 PH: 830-899-7077

Cranes Mill Baptist Church 10215 FM 2673, Canyon Lake 78133 PH: 830-899-7936


Church in the W ildwood Assembly of God Called, Committed, Caring

Service Times

Cross Lutheran Church & School Canyon Lake Presbyterian Church 230 Shepherd Hill Dr, Canyon Lake 78133 2171 East Common, New Braunfels  78130 PH: 830-6253666  PH: 830-964-2427 Canyon Lake United Methodist Church 206 Flintstone, Canyon Lake 78133 PH: 830-899-7104

North Shore United Methodist Church 23880 Cranes Mill Rd, Canyon Lake 78133 PH: 830-935-2171

Church In The Valley 14181 FM 306, Canyon Lake 78133 PH: 830-964-3624

St. Andrew Lutheran Church 7420 FM 2673, Canyon Lake 78133 PH: 830-899-2273 

Church in the Wildwood Assembly of God 227 Charter Oak Dr, Canyon Lake 78133 PH: 830-899-2149

St. Francis by the Lake Episcopal Church 13250 Hwy 306, Canyon Lake 78133 PH: 830-964-3820

Cowboys for Jesus Christian Fellowship 8400 FM 32, Fischer 78623 PH: 830-935-2920

St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church 180 St. Thomas Dr, Canyon Lake 78133 PH: 830-964-3497

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Sunday School 9:30 am Worship Service 10:30 am Children’s Church 11:15 am Spanish Worship 4:00 pm

Come Grow With Us


(830) 899-2149

In the Word 7:00 pm Youth Service 7:00 pm Bible Quiz 7:00 pm

227 Charter Oak Drive Canyon Lake, TX 78133


FM 2673 @ Oaks subdivision entrance

Royal Rangers 7:00 pm Missionettes 7:00 pm


Spanish Bible Study 7:00 pm

Pastor John Massey

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830-964-2333 • • We specialize in wild open spaces.

Security State Bank & Trust “THE Hill Country’s Bank”

sinCe 1941


Please refer questions to the phone number or website shown in the entry. If there is no contact information, call the Canyon Lake Chamber at 830964-2223 or 800-528-2104. Note that some dates or locations may change. Some require admission fees. Please call the event ahead to confirm. Every Sunday Brunch 11-3pm with live entertainment, Sailor’s Lakeside Grill on the water at Canyon Lake Marina on the northside, 830-935-3122, every 2nd Sun. Gospel Brunch with a Texas Twist at Gruene Hall in Gruene with host Bret Graham. Entertaining and inspiring. Call ahead for tickets; show sometimes sells out. 830-629-5077 or Every Mondays. All You Can Eat Catfish at Lucky’s Kitchen & Cocktails, 18100 FM 306 at Canyon Park Rd, 830-935-5115, EVERY 2ND TUES. Linda’s Fat Tuesday. Live music 6-8 pm. Cajun food all day. Beer & wine. 500 FM 2325, Wimberley, 512-847-5464 or every thurs. 7pm-11pm. Steak Night at Midnight Express with karaoke. 1407 FM 306, Canyon City/Canyon Lake. 830-964-3700.

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Every 1st Friday & Saturday Shops on the Wimberley Square stay open until 8pm, March through December. 512-847-2201. Every Friday & Saturday Night. All You Can Eat Catfish. Windmill Restaurant. On FM 306 at 150 Regal. 830-935-2980. every fri. Hamburger Night at the VFW Post 8800 in Startzville. Burgers, hotdogs & fries. 7755 FM 2673. 830-899-7774.

(830) 906-2700 18125 FM 306

Member FDIC

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EVERY 1ST SAT. March-December. Market Days. Wimberley Lions Field, FM 2325 N.of the Ranch Rd 12 “Y”. Over 450 booths. 512-847-2201 or EQUAL HOUSING LENDER

Every Saturday & Sunday. Weekend Buffets. Windmill Restaurant, northside on FM 306 at 150 Regal Drive. 830-935-2980. EVERY 3RD WEEKEND. February thru November. Gruene Market Days in Gruene.

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of the time, if you had a sub-woofer, it was included with a set of surround sound speakers and not much thought was given to it. It is extremely important to a surround sound system – and an experienced A/V designer or installer will always recommend investing in a quality sub-woofer. Most sub-woofers have settings that need to be adjusted to the room and the type of system you have. Symptoms of an improperly installed sub-woofer are not enough bass or a “booming” or “messy” sound in the room. One of the design aspects we consider is how much air we need to move in the room in order to feel the sub-woofer. The sub-woofer must be selected to fit the room if you want it to work properly. When you are watching an actionpacked movie and the plane crashes, you should be able to feel the crash. If you are watching a rock concert and the drummer breaks out into his drum solo, you should feel the drums not just hear them. This gives you a much more Grill. 5:30-7:30pm JANUARY realistic experience. Friday  21stEntertain   the idea of a home surround system, it will be Wednesday 23rd   Canyonwell Lakeworth Area Chamber Annual it and give you years of pleasure right in your Style Show & Lunch. Pilot Club at Awardsown Banquet. Canyon Lake Golf home, but as I say often – and this is really true with a GVTC. 11:30am  Club.  5:30pm sub-woofer – you absolutely get what you pay for!     Thanks for reading, and remember – shop locally!

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FEBRUARY Friday 11th North Shore Methodist, Bar B Que at church. 5:30-7:00pm for Missions Saturday 12th Valentine’s Romantic Rendezvous. Dinner-Dance by CL Rotary Club. Call 830-964-4744. 5:30pm   Thursday 17th CL Area Chamber Winter Texan Reception at CRRC. Free food, raffles, entertainment.  10:00am-1:00pm.   Friday 18th Annual Chili Supper. United Methodist Church. 5:30-7:30pm   Page 16 19th Saturday Canyon Lake Views CLASS (CL Animal Shelter Society). Dinner & a Movie. Call 830-899-2527.   Saturday 19th Blood Drive at Super S in Startzville & Ace Hardware in Sattler 9:00am3:00pm   Tuesday  22nd Chamber Mixer at Texas Pride Insurance, FM 2673. 5:30-7:30pm   Sunday 27th FunFish at Camp Huaco Springs. An event for kids 5-17.  Trophies in 3 age groups.  WORD & FunFish Foundation.  Noon- 4:00pm   MARCH Saturday 12th   CROPWALK against hunger by Area Churches at Dam.  9:00am   Saturday 19th Frat’l Order of Canyon Men. Scholarship Dance, Raffle; Fischer Hall.  9:00pm   Tuesday 22nd Chamber Mixer at Sailors Lakeside


Michael Varhola is an author, editor, publisher, and lecturer. He is the author of “Ghosthunting Maryland,” “Ghosthunting Virginia” and “Fire and Ice: The Korean War, 1950 – 1953.” He co-authored “Armchair Reader: Civil War;” “The Writer’s Complete Fantasy Reference;” and “D-Day: The Invasion of Normandy, June 6, 1944.” An eight-year veteran of the US Army, he served as an infantryman with the 1st Infantry Division (Forward) in Stuttgart, Germany, during the Cold War and as part of a Civil Affairs team attached to the 3rd photo courtesy Maricopa Lodge Armored Division during the First Gulf War.

APRIL All month rummage sale at CLASS during business hours. 10:00am4:00pm Saturday 9th CL Indoor/Outdoor Market Days at CRRC Rec Center.  9:00-4:00     Sunday 10th 28th Annual Canyon Lake Art Guild Reception at New Braunfels Art League.  1:00-4:00pm   Sunday 10th Texas Dinosaur Day at the Heritage Museum. Dinosaur tracks to local history. “Jurassic Chip” will guide.  Bring your rock to identify. Noon to October 2010 5:00pm Page 11   Sunday  24th Easter Sunrise Service at Overlook Park  7:00am – Call Chamber to confirm   Tuesday  26th  Chamber Mixer at Cooking it Up with the Carles. 5:30-730pm   Saturday  30th Chamber’s Bar-B-Q Cook-off at Lazy L&L. Family fun; Arts and Crafts, local entertainment and the “Best Bar-B-Que in Texas.” 10:00am-7:00pm    MAY Sunday 1st Noon Lions Club Fish Fry at CRRC Rec Center. 11:30am–3:00pm   Friday/Saturday, 6th & 7th Annual Bar B Que/Chili Cook-Off. Hosted by VFW 8800 in Startzville.   Saturday 14th   Blood Drive by Area Churches at Ace Hardware in Sattler, Super S in

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Bring Civil War history to life

Life in Civil War America is available through bookstores and a variety of online sites. Signed copies can be obtained from the author through and at or by sending check or money order for $32.99 to Skirmisher Publishing LLC, 499 Mystic Pkwy, Spring Branch 78070. For more information, contact author Michael Varhola at April 2011

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From personal checking, savings, and home mortgages, to a full tackle box of commercial accounts and loans, the team at First State Bank in Canyon Lake is ready to assist you with all your financial needs. Great solutions, even greater people! 1805 fm 2673 canyon lake, tx 78133 (830) 907-3100

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EaGlE MounTain • Flags & Flag Poles • Patriotic Gifts • Knives & Cutlery

512-847-0010 • 800-385-5605

Mon-Thu 9-5 • Fri til 3 • 333 FM 2325 • Wimberley

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y r a t o R e k a L n anyo 512-847-0010 • 800-385-5605

Mon-Thu 9-5 • Fri til 3 • 333 FM 2325 • Wimberley Proudly participating in

Rotary International efforts, while completing community service projects at home, Canyon Lake Rotary Club always strives to live up to the “Service Above Self” motto.

Canyon Lake Rotary meets every Thursday at noon. If you would like to join us, please call 830-964-4744 to make reservations.


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Post 8573


Bar Open to the Public Noon to Midnight Daily

Darts 7:30pm Wednesdays • Shuffleboard 2:30pm Saturdays May 30th ~ Memorial Day Flagpole Ceremony November 11 ~ Veterans Day Flagpole Ceremony

Veterans are encouraged to stop by!

830-964-3334 • 14625 River Road @ FM 2673 Canyon Lake & The Guadalupe River

Saturday 21st ARMED FORCES DAY Startzville. 9:00am-3:00pm Saturday  21st 10th Annual CLASS Bark B Q. 11:00am-3:00pm   Tuesday  24th   Chamber Mixer at Silver Sage Grille. 5:307:30pm   Monday  30th VFW 8800 Memorial Day Service at Cranes Mill Cemetery. 11:00am                                                                                        JUNE Friday/Saturday/Sunday June 10 -12th in Blanco (north on US 281) 7th Annual Blanco Lavender Festival. Fri,Noon-6pm; Sat, 10am- 8pm; Sun, 10am-4pm. Local lavender market and Arts & Crafts, Old Blanco County Courthouse. 23rd Annual Blanco Classic Car Show at Blanco State Park with sights & sounds of the bygone days. 830-8335101, Saturday  11th CL Masons Bar-B-Q at Startzville VFW #8800.  11:30am-3:00pm     Tuesday  28th    Chamber Mixer. Tye Preston Memorial Library.  5:30-7:30pm   JULY Monday July 4th  Independence Day Parade by VFW #8800, Startzville. Parade on FM 2673 from VFW 8800 Post past FM 3159 and up the hill. 11:00am   Monday July 4th Independence Day Fun Fair at Habitat for Safe Seniors follows parade, next to CLASS Monday, July 4th Independence Day Celebration at Sailor’s Lakeside Grill on the water at Canyon Lake Marina on the northside, 830-935-3122,   Saturday 16th Hot Dogs & Kool Cats at CLASS. Call 830-899-2527.   Saturday  23rd Area Churches sponsor Blood Drive at Ace Hardware in Sattler & Super S in Startzville.  9:00am-3:00pm   Tuesday  26th Chamber Mixer to benefit “Serve and Protect.” Call Chamber to contribute at 830-964-2223. Hosted by Dry Comal

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Creek Vineyard.  5:30-7:30   Friday-Sunday 29th-31st Bar-B-Que & Chili Cookoff at Dam Red Barn benefiting Junior Livestock & CASI (Late Friday til early Sunday)   AUGUST Saturday  6th CLASS Birthday Celebration.  Call 830-899-2527.  11:00am-4:00pm   Tuesday  23rd Chamber Mixer. Hosted by GVTC, FM 3159 for Bulverde/Spring Branch & CL Area Chambers. 5:30–7:30pm   SEPTEMBER Thursday  8th Chamber Annual Volunteer Luncheon.TBA   Sunday  11th Annual Freedom Walk Across Dam. Meet at Overlook Park.  9:00am   Monday 12th MIA/POW Ceremony at VFW 8800 in Startzville, 11:00am   Saturday 17th National Public Lands Day. Call Corps of Eng. for clean up info for volunteers   Saturday 17th CLRepublican Women. Jerry Bob’s Fish Fry & Auction at CRRC Rec Ctr.  6:00pm   Tuesday  20th Chamber Membership Meeting at TPMLibrary.  5:30pm Thursday 22nd Hill Country In Style. St. Francis by the Lake at Seekatz Opera House, 265 West San Antonio St., New Braunfels. 11:30am Tuesday  27th  Chamber Mixer at Copper Canyon Plaza.  5:30-7:30   OCTOBER Wednesday 5th HarvestFest for Heritage Museum of the Texas Hill Country at GVTC. 6:00pm   Thursday-Sunday 6th-9th Gruene Music & Wine Fest in Gruene   Friday/Saturday  8th & 9th   Wimberley Gospel Music Festival. Cowboys for Jesus Church in Fischer. Friday pm and all day Saturday   Saturday 8th Shrimpfest by CL Noon Lions at CRRC Rec Center, South Access Rd. 11:30am-3:30pm   Saturday/Sunday 15th & 16th Chili & Bean Cookoff fundraiser by Fraternal Order of Canyon Men. Mountain

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Breeze Camp. Dance, Raffles, etc. Saturday 16th   No Kills in the Hills bike trip. Motorcycles for CLASS. Call 830-899-2527.   Friday 21st   Spaghetti Dinner. CL Methodist Church 5:30-7:30.     Saturday 22nd Blood Drive. Area Churches, Ace Hardware/Sattler & Super S/Startzville   Tuesday 25th  Chamber Mixer hosted by Barnside Lodging & Fawncrest Vineyard. 5:30-730   Saturday 29th CL Indoor-Outdoor Market Days at CRRC Rec Center. Early Christmas shopping! More vendors welcome. 9am-4pm. Call 830-964-3003. Monday, Oct 31st Halloweenfest Downtown Sattler. Businesses hand out candy. 5pm-8:00pm   Monday, Oct 31st Carnival at Mountain Valley School in Sattler.  5:00pm-8:00pm Monday, Oct 31st Halloween Costume Party at Lucky’s Kitchen & Cocktails, 18100 FM 306 at Canyon Park Rd, 830-935-5115, www.

NOVEMBER Wednesday 2nd Pilot Club Wineless Cheese Play. GVTC, 2:00pm Saturday 5th St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church Bazaar.  9:00am-3:00pm

Saturday 10th   Winter’s Eve Festival on the Wimberley Square.

DECEMBER Saturdays - 3rd, 10th, 17th Santa Paws at CLASS. Take Christmas picture with your pet. Monday 5th CL North Shore Lions Community Nite. Outback Hall. 6:30pm

Friday, Nov 11th Flagpole Ceremony, VFW 8573 Post in Sattler.

Thursday-Saturday 15th – 17th. Annual North Pole Village at CRRC Rec Center (below the Dam). Enjoy the magic of the North Pole with a stroll through Santa’s Village. For kids of all ages. Letters to Santa. Decorate a cookie. Choose a book. Hayride to Bethlehem.  6pm-9pm each day.

Wednesday 7th CL Art Guild Pot Luck Luncheon, Sale & Benefit at GVTC. 11:00am-2:00pm   Thursday 8th Hospice Tree Lighting CRRC.  6:00pm

Friday, Nov 11th Veterans Day Service at Cranes Mill Cemetery by VFW 8800 Post in Startzville. Lunch served to attendees. 11:00am Friday, Nov 11th Veteran’s Day Honors & Specials at Lucky’s Kitchen & Cocktails, 18100 FM 306 at Canyon Park Rd, 830-935-5115, Tuesday 22nd Chamber Mixer hosted by Super S in Startzville 5:30–7:30pm Thursday 24th Thanksgiving Day Lunch delivery to homebound. Delivered by Habitat for Safe Seniors; Cooked by CL Masons. Call 830-899-2256 Saturday 26th through Dec 31st Trail of Lights pathway packed full of holiday lights. Hot chocolate & caroling around campfires.1101 FM 2325, just N. of the Wimberley High School, Wimberley, 512-847-6969,

Saturday, Dec 17th Beer & Cheer Christmas Party . Lucky’s Kitchen & Cocktails, 18100 FM 306 at Canyon Park Rd, 830-935-5115, www.

Thursday-Saturday 8th-10th and Thursday-Saturday 15th-17th. Annual North Pole Village at CRRC Rec Center (below the Dam). Stroll through magic of the santa’s Village at the North Pole. For kids of all ages. Activities. Hayride to Bethlehem.  6pm-9pm   Saturday 10th Annual Christmas Parade in Sattler. Fun for the whole family. Best parade in the entire area! Sponsored by Canyon Lake Noon Lions. 11:00am

Sunday 18th VFW 8800 in Startzville, Santa w/cookies and hot chocolate. Picture with Santa. 10am-2pm Saturday 31st New Years Eve Dance & Breakfast. VFW 8800 Startzville. Public is welcome!

Saturdays 10th & 17th Santa Paws at CLASS. Christmas pictures with your pet. Call 830-899-2527.   Saturday 10th    28th Annual Parade of Lights on the Lake under a full moon, sponsored by Hill Country Yacht Club. 6:00pm

Saturday, Dec 31st New Year’s On The Water at Sailor’s Lakeside Grill at Canyon Lake Marina on the northside, 830-935-3122,

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photo by Michael Varhola

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