Lake Dunlap, Texas, USA

Also known as:  Dunlap Reservoir

Lake Dunlap is one of several lakes formed by impounding the Guadalupe River with construction of dams along its course. Lake Dunlap is located near New Braunfels on the border of Texas Hill Country and Prairies and Lakes tourism regions. This reservoir was completed in 1931 for water supply, hydroelectric power generation, and recreation. Management of the lake and dam was taken over by the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority in 1963. – READ THE FULL ARTICLE

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All About Lake Dunlap

Lake Locations: USA - Southwest - Texas - Hill Country -

Lake Dunlap is one of several lakes formed by impounding the Guadalupe River with construction of dams along its course. Lake Dunlap is located near New Braunfels on the border of Texas Hill Country and Prairies and Lakes tourism regions. This reservoir was completed in 1931 for water supply, hydroelectric power generation, and recreation. Management of the lake and dam was taken over by the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority in 1963. Lake Dunlap is part of the Lake McQueeney and Lake Placid triumvirate along the Guadalupe River. It is the longest (7 miles) of the three that can be navigated by boat. This makes for great fishing, boating, water skiing, wakeboarding, and jet skiing. There are some unmarked stumps and shallow spots, so take care.

Lake Dunlap is a residential lake with limited public access. Public access to Lake Dunlap is a boat ramp located at the Highway 35 overpass. Fishing is one of the top recreational activities on the lake. Game species include black basses (largemouth bass, Guadalupe bass, spotted bass, smallmouth bass), catfishes (channel catfish, blue catfish, and flathead catfish), crappie (white crappie and black crappie), and sunfish (redear and redbreast sunfish).

Largemouth bass in excess of 7 pounds are caught year round in Lake Dunlap. Drop a line around boat docks and bridge pilings for your record catch. The area near the dam holds a stump field that often has fish. Popular bait used in the spring and winter includes black jig ‘n’ pig. In the summer and fall use topwater crankbaits and buzzbaits. Early morning and late evening will produce better catches due to heavy boat traffic during the middle of the day.

Just minutes from Lake Dunlap is New Braunfels, a German town in the middle of Texas Hill Country. Attractions in the area include Gruene Hall (Texas’ Oldest Dance Hall), Natural Bridge Caverns, Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, and a resort waterpark. The Guadalupe River, which runs through the middle of Lake Dunlap, is one of the top floating and paddling rivers in the state.

The Guadalupe River is 230 miles long and runs from Kerr County to San Antonio Bay on the Gulf of Mexico. It is popular with rafters and paddlers, hosting one of the longest paddle races in Texas each year. River flow is set by the dam at Canyon Lake, which determines the water levels on the reservoirs downstream such as Lake Dunlap, Lake Placid, and Lake McQueeney.

Lake Dunlap is also conveniently located less than an hour from Austin to the northeast and San Antonio to the southwest. Bastrop State Park, Buescher State Park, and Lockhart State Park are just a short drive away. Other nearby small towns await your exploration, including San Marcos, Seguin, McQueeney, and Wimberley.

Vacation rentals are available on Lake Dunlap, so pack your bags for a fun-filled stay.

Things to Do at Lake Dunlap

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Water Skiing
  • Wakeboarding
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • State Park

Fish Species Found at Lake Dunlap

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Black Crappie
  • Blue Catfish
  • Catfish
  • Channel Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Flathead Catfish
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Redbreast Sunfish
  • Redear Sunfish (Shellcracker)
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Spotted Bass
  • Sunfish
  • White Crappie

All About Lake Dunlap

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Recommended Sites to Book a Lake Dunlap Vacation

If you want to take a deeper dive to find waterfront lake cabins, cottages, condos, hotels or resorts, check out our favorite Lake Dunlap lodging partners.

  • VRBO – Use VRBO to find the perfect lake rental home, condo, cabin, cottage or other vacation property.
  • Booking.com – One of the world’s leading digital travel companies, Booking.com connects travelers to everything from cozy B&Bs to luxury resorts.
  • Expedia – Expedia is a popular online travel agency with more than 140,000 lodging properties worldwide.
  • Hotels.com – With more than 325,000 hotels in 19,000-plus locations, Hotels.com is an industry leader in online accommodations.
  • TripAdvisor – Read traveler reviews and compare prices on hotels, vacation rentals and more at TripAdvisor.
  • Trivago – Trivago helps travelers compare deals for hotels and other accommodations from a variety of booking sites.
  • KAYAK – KAYAK scours hundreds of other travel websites at once to find the best deals on hotels and other travel-related services.
  • RVshare –RVshare connects travelers interested in renting a motorhome with owners who have RVs to rent.
  • CampSpot – Campspot offers premier RV resorts, family campgrounds, cabins and glamping options across North America.
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Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed

Water Level Control: Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority

Surface Area: 410 acres

Shoreline Length: 20 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 545 feet

Minimum Elevation (Min Pond): 540 feet

Maximum Elevation (Max Pond): 550 feet

Average Depth: 20 feet

Maximum Depth: 40 feet

Water Volume: 5,900 acre-feet

Completion Year: 1928

Lake Area-Population: 5,000

Trophic State: Eutrophic

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