Recreation Areas around Seguin
In the early part of the 19th century, the lower Guadalupe River Basin, below the current location of Canyon Lake, had been especially subject to serious flooding. Congress authorized in the 1940's the construction of Canyon Lake Dam. Construction began in 1958, was completed in 1964, dedicated in 1966 and reached the conservation pool by 1968. The lake will turn 50 in 2016. The scenic blue water of the lake is due to its limestone bottom. It averages around 40 feet in depth but can be as deep as 130 feet. Canyon Lake is located about sixteen miles northwest of New Braunfels, Texas, between San Antonio and Austin.
From New Braunfels, 15 miles northwest on FM 306.
San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
After 10,000 years, the people of South Texas found their cultures, their very lives under attack. In the early 1700s Apache raided from the north, deadly diseases traveled from Mexico, and drought lingered. Survival lay in the missions. By entering a mission, they foreswore their traditional life to become Spanish, accepting a new religion and pledging fealty to a distant and unseen king.
Park Headquarter's is located 4 miles south of downtown San Antonio. The four mission sites lay as a chain south of downtown. Mission Concepci�n is 3 miles, Mission San Jos� and the park visitor center is 6 miles south, Mission San Juan is 3 miles south of San Jos�, and Mission Espada lays another mile beyond. Written directions and GPS addresses can be found at the link below.