Choosing Your New Braunfels Waterfront Property

New Braunfels abounds with natural amenities, including many bodies of water that provide a superb location for waterfront and vacation properties.

New Braunfels Rivers


Called the “longest shortest river in the world” by locals, the 2.5 mile Comal river runs entirely through the city limits of New Braunfels. Beginning at Comal Spring and flowing until its junction with the Guadalupe River, the Comal was historically used to power watermills and cotton gins by early German settlers. Today it is used primarily for water recreation due to its mild currents, clear water, and ideal attributes for scuba diving. Additionally, the year round 72 degree temperature of the river enables visitors the ability to enjoy its beauty year round. The area surrounding the Comal River offers both condominiums and single-family homes. Ranging in price, the Comal offers an alternative to the busy Guadalupe River and larger lakes.


A popular destination for rafting, fly-fishing, canoeing, and tubing, the Guadalupe River runs through New Braunfels all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. Scenic and serene, The Guadalupe’s sparkling currents wind around the city providing watery bliss and relaxation to those who visit it. The Guadalupe is also known for its fishing and is listed as one of the top 100 trout streams in the United States, making it a popular destination for fishermen.

New Braunfels Lakes


Located 14 miles Northwest of New Braunfels, and 40 miles north of downtown San Antonio, Canyon Lake is located on the Guadalupe River in Comal county. One of the deepest lakes in Texas, Canyon Lake has 80 miles of scenic shoreline and covers an 8,230 surface acre area. Popular for boating and water sports, Canyon Lake has become known as the “water recreation capital of Texas”. As such, the lake houses two yacht clubs, two marinas, eight public parks, a “ski ranch”, and multiple waterfront communities. Additionally, Canyon Lake offers waterfront restaurants, shopping, and vineyards. With its central location, beauty of the Hill Country, and numerous recreational offerings, Canyon Lake provides residents and vacationers an outstanding place to own a waterfront home.

Lake Dunlap

A fishing enthusiast’s dream, Lake Dunlap is located within an hour’s drive of both Austin and San Antonio near New Braunfels. Technically a “reservoir” on the Guadalupe River, this 410-acre lake was formed in 1930 to provide hydroelectric power to the area. Over the years the lake has become primarily used for outdoor recreation, including water sports, boating, and of course, fishing. As with other lakes in the area, Lake Dunlap is kept stocked with multiple species of fish. Recreational fishermen enjoy game species such as largemouth bass, Guadalupe bass, striped bass, crappie, and catfish. Lake Dunlap offers calm waters due to its narrow size and wind protection by shoreline trees. The calm waters attract not only fishermen, but water sport enthusiasts as well. Both skiers and wake boarders alike enjoy a near-private, family friendly lake, making it the ideal location for water sports. With free public access to the lake off of Interstate Highway 35, Lake Dunlap is situated in a fantastic location for not only New Braunfels residents, but for all the surrounding areas as well.

With a variety of lakes and rivers in and around New Braunfels, water enthusiasts are sure to find the perfect fit for their lifestyle.