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Published on April 24, 2024
Canyon Lake at 59% Capacity Amid Texas Drought, Boat Ramps Closed as Residents and Businesses AdaptSource: Google Street View

Canyon Lake, a staple for recreation in the Texas Hill Country, is now facing its most severe water shortage since the 1960s. According to MySA, the lake stands at a dismal 59% capacity, marking a startling decline from its 76.4% fullness just a year prior. Declining water levels have forced local authorities to shut down the majority of its boat ramps, much to the dismay of boaters and visitors hoping to take advantage of the lake's recreational offerings.

These persistent drought conditions are clearly taking a toll on the community, though not without a speck of resilience. Local businesses such as Lucky's At the Lake seem to defy the dry spell, maintaining their success against the odds. "It really hasn't affected us at all," claimed General Manager Fritzy Crow in an interview obtained by FOX San Antonio. Crow credits the unwavering support of the local community and their eatery's magnetic appeal for their sustained patronage.

Contact with nature has taken a hit, though, as only two out of twenty-three boat ramps around Canyon Lake are currently open for use. Local residents have had to adapt to the changing landscape, some even going as far as to sell their boats to avoid navigating the treacherously low waters now strewn with exposed rocks. "We sold our boat," Diana Schmidt told FOX San Antonio, reflecting on the lake's diminishing accessibility.

Despite the strain on the boating scene, there's a bit of silver lining as Comal County officials seize the day to make improvements. "We need rain," Comal County Precinct 4 Commissioner Jen Crownover told MySA. She further explained that the county is looking to improve boat ramps while the levels are low, to better prepare for when the drought eventually breaks. With a forward-looking approach, the local government aims to ensure that the recreational infrastructure is ready to fully bounce back once nature grants reprieve.