Canyon Lake

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Canyon Lake is a dispersed unincorporated region located in the vicinity of Farm Road 2673 and along the shores of Canyon Lake in northern Comal County. Rapid residential and commercial development in this area began in the mid-1960s after the completion of Canyon Lake in 1964. In 1980 the U. S. Census Bureau recognized the area of Canyon Lake, which also encompasses the older communities of Startzville, Sattler, Hancock, and Cranes Mill, as a distinct community. That year the population was reported at 100. By the mid-1980s Canyon Lake received its own post office, and the 1990 population of 9,975 reflected the tremendous growth in the region with the construction of numerous subdivisions and opening of businesses. By 2000 the area had 16,870 residents. Canyon Lake is part of the Comal Independent School District and has numerous retail and professional businesses, churches, and the Times Guardian newspaper. Various lodges, marinas, and river outfitters cater to the major industry of tourism. Many retirees have also moved into the community.

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Laurie E. Jasinski | © TSHA

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Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

Belongs to

Canyon Lake is part of or belongs to the following places:

Currently Exists


Place type

Canyon Lake is classified as a Town

Associated Names

  • [includes Sattler]
  • [Hancock]
  • [Smithson Valley]
  • [Startzville]
  • [Fischer]
  • [Canyon City]
  • [Spring Branch]


Latitude: 29.87521770
Longitude: -98.26251270

Has Post Office


Is Incorporated


Canyon Lake by the Numbers

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Population Counts

Canyon Lake
Pop. Year Source
31,124 2020 United States Census Bureau
26,673 2019 Texas Demographic Center
21,262 2010 United States Census Bureau
16,870 2000 United States Census Bureau
9,975 1990 United States Census Bureau