Canyon Park Beach is one of the fantastic Canyon Lake beaches. It is located on the northern side of the ake and offers a variety of outdoor recreational activities such as biking, hiking, swimming, sunbathing, picnicking, and fishing. It’s a kind of a mini getaway to swim and relax in the bosom of nature, good for those who have little time and/or money.
There aren’t too many visitors during the week and people start to really show up after 2-3 p. m, but prepare to see crowds on holidays and weekends in high season.
Location and Access
Canyon Park Beach is located about one mile on the left of Canyon Park Road. If you go from US 281, you should turn east on FM 306, drive for 12 miles, and then turn right. If you go from IH 35, you should take Exit 191, then drive west along FM 306 for 20 miles, and turn left. Both ways will lead you directly to Canyon Park Road. There is easy and ample parking available.
Canyon Park Beach is open from April through September and is intended for day use only. Vehicles with trailers and boats are not allowed. The visiting hours are from 1 p. m. to sunset on weekdays and 7 a. m. to sunset on weekends and holidays. The park features a small admission fee of $5 per car, which can be paid only in cash.
There aren’t many amenities on site. If you prefer to pack your own food and cook and eat in the fresh air, luckily for you, there are picnic tables and fire pits on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are also porta-potties near the beach but make sure to bring your own toilet paper. There is no boat ramp, so boats are not allowed at this beach.
The lake access is easy. There is no sand, only pebbles, and rocks, so it’s better to bring water shoes. This beach is appropriate for swimming and tubing, although it’s not always clean and, if you’re unlucky, you can run into the trash and murky water.
Nevertheless, Canyon Lake is famous for its cold and clear water – very enjoyable to swim on a hot summer day. In contrast to many other beaches on Canyon Lake, this one provides a really shallow area, which is good for children and weaker swimmers.
Outside the swimming area, you can launch canoes, kayaks, or paddleboards. Jet skiing is prohibited. If you’re a fishing enthusiast or just in a mood to cast a line, fishing is another good option for your day off at the lake. Overall, the lakeside area is scenic and it’s quite soothing to stroll around or just sit and watch the sunset.
Unfortunately for dog owners, no pets are allowed in the area.
- 35 minutes from New Braunfels, TX
- 1 hour from Austin, TX
- 1 hour 5 minutes from San Antonio, TX
Additionally, there's a number of beaches near Canyon Park Beach which you can visit: