Canyon Lake, Texas

Coordinates: 29°51′42″N 98°11′52″W / 29.86167°N 98.19778°W / 29.86167; -98.19778
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Canyon Lake, Texas
The Water Recreation Capital of Texas
Location of Canyon Lake, Texas
Location of Canyon Lake, Texas
Coordinates: 29°51′42″N 98°11′52″W / 29.86167°N 98.19778°W / 29.86167; -98.19778
CountryUnited States
 • Total156.9 sq mi (406.3 km2)
 • Land144.3 sq mi (373.6 km2)
 • Water12.6 sq mi (32.7 km2)
965 ft (294 m)
 • Total31,124
 • Density116.9/sq mi (45.2/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Codes
78130, 78132,78133
Area code830
FIPS code48-12580[1]
GNIS feature ID1867545[2]

Canyon Lake is a census-designated place (CDP) in Comal County, Texas, United States. The population was 31,124 at the 2020 census. It is part of the San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The Canyon Lake CDP includes a number of small, unincorporated communities surrounding Canyon Lake, including Sattler, Startzville, Canyon City, Cranes Mill, and Hancock. Communities located on the fringes of the CDP are Fischer, Spring Branch, and Smithson Valley.


Residential and commercial development of the area began after the completion of Canyon Lake in 1964. By 1980, the population was 100, rising to 9,975 in 1990.[3]


Canyon Lake, Texas, is located at 29°51′42″N 98°11′52″W / 29.86176°N 98.19776°W / 29.86176; -98.19776.[4] It is located adjacent to Canyon Lake, from which it takes its name. It is located about 20 miles (32 km) north-by-northwest of New Braunfels and approximately 40 miles (64 km) north-by-northeast of Downtown San Antonio. Please note this set of GPS coordinates do not correspond to a public access location on Canyon Lake. Please click the link to Canyon Lake, (Texas) at the top of the page for that information and see the Recreation section - Public Access subsection.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 156.9 square miles (406 km2), of which 144.3 square miles (374 km2) is land and 12.6 square miles (33 km2) (8.04%) is water.


Canyon Lake racial composition as of 2020[5]
(NH = Non-Hispanic)[a]
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 23,227 74.63%
Black or African American (NH) 365 1.17%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 113 0.36%
Asian (NH) 207 0.67%
Pacific Islander (NH) 20 0.06%
Some Other Race (NH) 184 0.59%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 1,306 4.2%
Hispanic or Latino 5,702 18.32%
Total 31,124

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 31,124 people, 10,062 households, and 7,596 families residing in the CDP.

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 16,870 people, 6,906 households, and 5,055 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 116.9 inhabitants per square mile (45.1/km2). There were 8,693 housing units at an average density of 60.3 per square mile (23.3/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 94.86% White, 0.31% African American, 0.57% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 2.49% from other races, and 1.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.77% of the population.

There were 6,906 households, out of which 27.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.0% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.8% were non-families. 22.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 22.4% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 26.6% from 25 to 44, 28.1% from 45 to 64, and 17.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.3 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $42,019, and the median income for a family was $47,500. Males had a median income of $34,575 versus $25,268 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $21,516. About 5.6% of families and 8.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.4% of those under age 18 and 4.8% of those age 65 or over.


Canyon Lake is served by the Comal Independent School District.[7]

Zoned schools:

  • Bill Brown, Mountain Valley, Rebecca Creek, and Startzville elementaries[8]
  • Most residents are zoned to Mountain Valley Middle School while a few are zoned to Smithson Valley Middle School[9]
  • Most residents are zoned to Canyon Lake High School while a few are zoned to Smithson Valley High School[10]

Canyon Lake Gorge[edit]

On October 7, 2007, the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority opened the 64-acre (260,000 m2) Canyon Lake Gorge, under a lease from the Army Corps of Engineers, with limited public tours. The three-hour tours are booked six months in advance.[11]


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Canyon Lake has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[12]


  1. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  3. ^ Jasinski, Laurie E. "Canyon Lake". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Commission. Retrieved February 11, 2017.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  5. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved May 24, 2022.
  6. ^ "About the Hispanic Population and its Origin". Retrieved May 18, 2022.
  7. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP (INDEX): Canyon Lake CDP, TX." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on August 28, 2016.
  8. ^ "Elementary School Attendance Zones" (Archive). Comal Independent School District. Retrieved on August 28, 2016. Zones: Bill Brown (Archive); Mountain Valley (Archive) - Rebecca Creek (Archive) - Startzville (Archive)
  9. ^ "Middle School Attendance Zones" (Archive). Comal Independent School District. Retrieved on August 28, 2016. Mountain Valley Middle zone (Archive); Smithson Valley Middle zone (Archive)
  10. ^ "High School Attendance Zones" (Archive). Comal Independent School District. Retrieved on August 28, 2016.Canyon Lake High HS zone (Archive) - Smithson Valley HS zone (Archive)
  11. ^, Texas set to open new canyon to public Archived October 9, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Climate Summary for Canyon Lake, Texas
  1. ^ Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.[6]

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