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The Sweet Serengeti Cabin
Entire cabin · 8 guests · 3 beds · 1 bath

The Sweet Serengeti CabinOur modern cabin is set on 40 beautiful acres of pristine Hill Country. It sleeps up to 8 people; perfect for small families, couples, or friends looking to relax and enjoy some country luxury. Guests have access to fishing, swimming, roasting s'mores at the fire pit, lounging in the gazebo, and exploring the property. Located right by Real Ale Brewery just 2 miles from downtown Blanco with restaurants, shopping, and Blanco State Park. Austin and San Antonio are also easily accessible by car.

Charming Guest House at Canyon Lake!
Entire guesthouse · 4 guests · 2 beds · 1 bath

Charming Guest House at Canyon Lake!Two bedroom connected by one bathroom guest house located at Canyon Lake and near the Guadalupe river.

Cypress Tree House at Happiness Ranch
Entire house · 2 guests · 1 bed · 1 bath

Cypress Tree House at Happiness RanchCypress Tree House at Happiness Ranch is a luxury "in the treetops" experience overlooking the cypress trees in the seasonal Little Blanco River. Designed for intimate getaways full of fond memories and big dreams, this 784 square-foot studio home is a design-lover's delight, with tasteful combinations of colors and textures (wood, marble, leather). Perfect for couples and friends who seek a fantastic getaway as a base to explore the beauty of Texas Hill Country.

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  • Kitchen
  • Wifi
  • Pool
  • Free parking on premises
  • Air conditioning

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Gennaro's Trattoria
Italian Restaurant · 43 locals recommend
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Our favorite restaurant-- classy and delicious food. Salad and garlic knots served with every meal-- I have yet to try something I didn't like, but my go to meal is the Eggplant Parmesan.

Michelle· Spring Branch, TX
    1. Camper/RV
    2. Canyon Lake
    Vista Hermosa
    $80 per night
    1. Entire house
    2. Canyon Lake
    Canyon Lake Home w/ Hot Tub, Trails & Paddleboards
    $282 per night
    1. Entire house
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    Cozy Canyon Lake Home
    $125 per night
    1. Entire house
    2. Canyon Lake
    Welcome!!! Life is better at the LAKE!!!!!!
    $103 per night
Granny D's
Breakfast Spot · 31 locals recommend
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Great, down home cooking! Their pancakes are as big as a pizza! Great place for a great breakfast!

Melissa· Canyon Lake, TX
    1. Entire loft
    2. Canyon Lake
    Cozy Canyon Lake Cottage: 1 Mi to Guadalupe River!
    $86 per night
    1. Tiny house
    2. New Braunfels
    Modern Tiny Home Near Lake & River in Hill Country
    $168 per night
    1. Entire cottage
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    NEW! Pet-Friendly Canyon Lake Cottage: Fish & Boat
    $82 per night
    1. Entire house
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    Charming Lake Retreat w/ Patio & Boat Parking!
    $177 per night
Whitewater Amphitheater
Entertainment · 32 locals recommend
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Outdoor concert venue in typical Texas Hill Country style! Many big names such as ZZ Top, Willie Nelson, as well as well known local favorites.

Linda· Spring Branch, TX
    1. Entire guesthouse
    2. New Braunfels
    Triple R Retreat
    $132 per night
    1. Entire house
    2. Canyon Lake
    ⭐Get away and relax here! Gorgeous views
    $131 per night
    1. Tiny house
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    Hill Country Tiny House
    $186 per night
    1. Entire cottage
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    Hillcountry Modern
    $230 per night

All About Canyon Lake

Tucked away in the Texas Hill Country on the Guadalupe River, Canyon Lake is all about water sports. Folks flock 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.

How do I get around Canyon Lake?

Canyon Lake is about halfway between Austin and San Antonio and just 20 miles west of New Braunfels. Fly into Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) or San Antonio International Airport (SAT), then rent a car to drive the final leg of your journey. San Antonio is a slightly closer city, 35 miles away, but the additional 21 miles from Austin won’t add much to your driving time.

Most GPS maps will bring you along the most direct route, but it’s worth going a little out of your way to arrive at Canyon Lake via the scenic River Road, which winds along the Guadalupe River and is canopied by cypress trees. Access River Road from Texas State Highway 337, which is off Interstate 35 just outside New Braunfels.

When is the best time to book a Canyon Lake vacation rental?

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.

What are the 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.

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