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.