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Popular amenities for Canyon Lake vacation rentals

Stay near Canyon Lake's top sights

Whitewater Amphitheater163 locals recommend
Overlook Park93 locals recommend
Lazy L&L Campground4 locals recommend
Comal Park74 locals recommend
Canyon Lake Marina81 locals recommend
Rio Guadalupe Resort8 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Canyon Lake

  • Total rentals

    1.6K properties

  • Total number of reviews

    57K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    1.2K properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    610 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    340 properties have a pool

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    730 properties have a dedicated workspace

Your guide to Canyon Lake

Introduction

Tucked away in the Texas Hill Country on the Guadalupe River, Canyon Lake is all about water sports. Folks flock to cabins here to boat, swim, sail, parasail, scuba dive, fish, and more. No boat? No problem: Marinas and boat rental shops around the lake offer all manner of watercraft, including pontoon boats, ski boats, jet skis, and kayaks. Families and college students come to go tubing on the Guadalupe River, and anglers enjoy fishing for largemouth bass, catfish, and, at certain times of year, rainbow trout.

With 80 miles of shoreline, there’s plenty to do on land here as well. Picnic at one of the nine parks around the lake, three of which have beaches; tee off at a lakeside golf course; or hike some of the 31 trails in the area.


The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Canyon Lake

It gets hot in Hill Country! The summer months of June, July, and August are regularly around 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and the weather can get muggy. Since you’ll want to spend most of your time cooling off in and around the lake, be sure to pack your bathing suit, sunscreen, a hat, and a refillable water bottle. Spring and fall are drier and much more comfortable but can still be warm enough for water sports, with temperatures in the 70s and into the 80s. Winters are short, windy, and cool, with temperatures in the high 60s that can drop down into the high 30s, and you can expect regular, partly cloudy skies throughout the year.


Top things to do in Canyon Lake

Canyon Lake Gorge

Believe it or not, the Canyon Lake Gorge was created only about 20 years ago. A major flood in 2002 caused the lake to spill over its dam and into the Guadalupe River, creating the 64-acre gorge. Book a spot on a guided tour to visit the area’s waterfalls, lagoons, geologic formations, fossils, and dinosaur tracks.

Scuba dive

Canyon Lake may be a few hundred miles from the nearest ocean, but scuba divers still love to swim along the limestone bottom in search of fish and the occasional submerged car or boat. Rumor has it there’s an underwater ghost town here, complete with a church, post office, and cemetery. And while there were two small towns here before the lake was built, no diver has yet found a trace of them.

Heritage Museum of Texas Hill Country

Walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs — literally — at the Heritage Museum of Texas Hill Country on the southern shores of Canyon Lake. The museum displays around 350 dinosaur footprints in indoor and outdoor spaces, as well as exhibits highlighting Native American artifacts and antique farming equipment from early pioneers.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Canyon Lake?

    Canyon Lake has a temperate climate with mild winters and warm summers. Average temperatures range from 40°F (4°C) in winter to 92°F (33°C) in summer. The area does experience occasional rainfall, so it's wise to keep an umbrella handy.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Canyon Lake?

    Popular activities in Canyon Lake include boating, fishing, and swimming in the lake and Guadalupe River. Visitors often enjoy hiking and birdwatching at the Canyon Lake Gorge. It's also worth exploring the local shops and restaurants in the nearby village.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Canyon Lake?

    The most popular time to visit Canyon Lake is from late spring to early autumn, with July and August being peak travel months. These months are perfect for water activities. The Canyon Lake area also hosts the 'Music in the Park' series in summer and the 'Winterfest' in December.

  • What are the best places to stay in Canyon Lake?

    Popular areas to stay in Canyon Lake include the waterfront areas with stunning lake views, the quaint Canyon City with its local shops and restaurants, and the peaceful residential neighborhoods of Hancock. Staying near the Overlook Park offers easy access to the lake and trails.

  • What are the best places to visit in Canyon Lake?

    Popular places to visit in Canyon Lake include the Canyon Lake Dam and Overlook Park for great views, the Heritage Museum of Texas Hill Country, and the James C. Curry Nature Center. The Guadalupe River is a popular spot for tubing and picnics.

  • What are some hiking trails in Canyon Lake?

    Canyon Lake features several hiking trails such as the Madrone Trail with views of the lake, the Canyon Overlook trail for a bird's eye view of the surroundings, and the Guadalupe River Trail for river views and birdwatching.

  • What are some family activities to do in Canyon Lake?

    Families in Canyon Lake can enjoy activities like a fun-filled day at the lake swimming or picnicking, exploring the James C. Curry Nature Center, visiting the Heritage Museum of Texas Hill Country, or hiking the family-friendly trails around the lake.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Canyon Lake?

    Popular day trip ideas from Canyon Lake include visits to the Natural Bridge Caverns, about 35 miles (56 km) away, or the bustling city of San Antonio, approximately 50 miles (80 km) away. Closer to Canyon Lake, a day trip to the charming city of New Braunfels is also an option.

  • Are there vacation rentals near Canyon Lake's top attractions?

    You're in luck! Stay at the heart of it all with our vacation rentals near Canyon Lake's top attractions. We offer over 2,110 vacation rentals near Granny D''s, over 2,340 vacation rentals near Whitewater Amphitheater, and over 1,950 vacation rentals near Gennaro''s Trattoria, and so much more! Experience the best of Canyon Lake right on your doorstep.

  • How much does it cost to stay in villa rentals in Canyon Lake?

    Experience the best of Canyon Lake with our villa rentals, starting at about $170 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.

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