I remember my parents driving me up to Canyon Dam when the lake was nearly at normal pool. The Dam is an enormous earthen dam on the Guadalupe River created primarily for flood control.
In the process of creating a flood control pond, the Corps of Engineers made a beautiful lake – surrounded by rolling hills and sharp cliffs. Since its creation in the late 1960’s Canyon Lake has prevented massive property damage downstream on numerous occasions. Most people enjoy the water and don’t think too much about the job Canyon Lake was created to do.
One thing about the dam is it is probably the longest stretch of level ground for miles in any direction – 8/10 miles from gate to gate across the top of the dam. Many residents use the walkway across the dam for exercise. And on a clear day, you can see forever!
Overlook Park is a great place to take a close look at the dam. You can walk, run, or bicycle across the dam by access from Overlook park. Many enjoy the sunset or watch sail boat races held by the Lake Canyon Yacht Club on the weekend. The park is open daily from 7:00 a.m. to sunset and offers a great vantage point. You can even see Twin Sisters in Blanco County from here. The Gorge tour starts from here too. Fortunately, it is a gradual down hill hike. Check it out at the Gorge Preservation Society.