The Walker Family Wildlife Ranch

Covid-19 update

Effective July 26, 2020 to present


While we are not currently taking any new reservations, we are making every effort to accommodate our Members who already have reservations scheduled for our guest cottages.

So far, neither the state nor our county has placed any restrictions on operations like ours that only provide accommodations. Our interpretation is that a hotel or motel room, cottage, cabin etc. is essentially a "home", a place of abode, even if only for a short length of time. And it is unlikely that any government entity will dictate what people can or cannot do within their homes. With that in mind, we expect to continue operating, but with special health and safety precautions in place; and we will make every effort to comply with all state and local mandates and laws.

If you currently have a reservation pending with us please check the following chart daily and weekly for the latest on the status of your scheduled dates.



if you have a pending reservation with us.

To our friends and guests:

We are continuing to monitor the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) around Texas and here in Comal County. As it stands now, the state of Texas is cautiously encouraging some types of businesses to reopen, while putting some specific restrictions in place in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus. Comal County and the surrounding counties in our area are largely following suit.

For our part, we are relying on guidance from three sources: (1) Governor Abbott's office; (2) Comal County's regulatory authority (known as WORD--the Water-Oriented Recreation District); (3) and the best practices of other operations and businesses in our area, in particular those along the Guadalupe River and Canyon Lake. Note: We are NOT under the jurisdiction of New Braunfels; so what they choose to do in town may not be relevant to our situation.

We all hope this crisis is resolved soon and we can all get back to our normal routines in time for a great summer. But, for now, we have begun opening back up gradually on a week by week basis. Depending on what happens going forward, it remains possible that some of our reservations that are already on the books may have to be cancelled and/or rescheduled. We are doing "rolling" cancellations, meaning we are evaluating the situation each week and, depending on what the authorities and "best practices" are telling us, we then either red-light or green-light those bookings that are coming up immedately ahead. We realize that this may mean our guests may receive very short notice with regard to the status of their reservation, and we sincerely apologize for the inevitable inconvenience. However, better safe than sorry. The health and safety of our friends and guests is always at the top of our concerns.

If you currently have reservations scheduled with us, please CLICK HERE for information.

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While many businesses are beginning to reopen in our county and people are beginning to move about more freely, it remains unclear as to how the local and state authorities will want recreation and tourist-oriented businesses to operate. At this time, tubing on the river is being allowed. However, those rules could change at any time. We recommend the following website from for the most complete information on tourist and recreation-oriented activities:


On April 25, 2020, Gov Gregg Abbott issued an executive order allowing certain businesses statewide to reopen, subject to specific restrictions. That order is summarized below. For complete details, visit the Texas State Department website (banner above).


On April 29, 2020 our county, Comal County, issued the following press release, officially ending the stay-at-home order put in place a few weeks ago. Please NOTE THE SECOND PARAGRAPH which pertains directly to operations like ours in the Canyon Lake area: "The governor’s recently signed orders do not address Comal County’s local tourism industry, and the county is seeking clarification from his office on whether those businesses can reopen."

On April 3, 2020, our facility closed temporarily. But with the governor's May 1st executive order officially beginning Phase I of reopening, we are doing so as well, albeit systematically, step-by-step. It is not clear, of course, how long this situation will last and how it will affect pending reservations that are already scheduled. Since the majority of our guests are Texas residents, the situation around our state is of paramount concern to us. And we will continue to monitor the data closely. And, like other businesses, we will be plotting our immediate course of action day by day and week by week, and will do our best to notify our friends and members by email as things change. In the meantime, if you have a reservation pending with us, please touch base with us and make sure we have a good email address on file for you. And be sure to follow the chart above closely for regular updates on if and how your time period may be affected.

We wish you and your family the best of health. Please be careful and stay safe. And if you have questions or additional concerns, contact us at:


While stay-at-home restrictions are being eased, and businesses are starting to reopen, there have been no major changes since April 8 which affect our operation specifically. We, too, are beginning to gradually resume normal operations while closely watching the unfolding situation with the virus around the state and our area. There continue to be periodic orders, clarifications, mandates, and guidelines issued by state and county authorities which would be of special interest to anyone residing in or visiting our area. Please visit those respective websites (linked above) to stay abreast of those evolving laws and guidelines.

April 8:   -- Comal County closes parks, boat ramps through Easter weekend. Comal County Judge Sherman Krause on Wednesday closed county-owned boat ramps at Canyon Lake and two county-owned parks through the Easter weekend in a further effort designed to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the county. The order goes into effect at 5 p.m. Thursday and expires at 5 p.m. Tuesday. “We have continued to see a lot of traffic at our boat ramps even as most residents have undertaken social distancing measures in compliance with state and county stay at home orders,” Krause said. “This order provides law enforcement additional tools to enforce these orders at places where people might otherwise congregate and spread the coronavirus.” Comal County’s two sports parks – Hidden Valley Sports Park in the Canyon Lake area and Jumbo Evans Sports Park in the Bulverde/Spring Branch area – will be closed, as will all nine county-owned boat ramps on Canyon Lake. Two other county parks – Kleck Park near Bulverde and Curry Nature Center south of Canyon Lake, both of which comprise scenic hiking trails and do not include large spaces for congregating, will remain open.

April 3:   Comal County issues Stay-at-home order -- Comal County issued a public statement today supporting yesterday's state measure and formally ordering all residents of the county to "stay-at-home", forbidding gatherings of any size outside of homes, and requiring all non-essential businesses to close immediately. This includes our operation.

April 2:   Governor Greg Abbott's office issues mandatory Texas-wide stay-at-home order.

Schools are closed for the remainder of the school year.

Recreational use of the river and lake is still permitted, subject to safe-distancing requirements and other restrictions. Some boat ramps, docks, marinas, and parks may be closed or operating under restrictions. Some campgrounds, cabin rental and RV parks remain closed until further notice. For up-to-date information, please visit

Very few restaurants in New Braunfels and around the county have dining rooms open. Some are closed entirely and others are only serving take-out and drive-thru orders. Expect long lines and extended waits at some places.

Most retailers are being extremely cautious, trying as best they can to keep customers and employees separated by 6-feet or more from one another, wiping down surfaces with disinfectant, etc. Of the stores that are still operating as "necessary", the bigger ones, like HEB, Home Depot and Walmart, have fine-tuned their procedures and are now able to accommodate customers fairly rapidly, efficiently and safely. Increasingly, shoppers are taking it upon themselves to wear protective face masks or bandanas.

Supermarkets are very low on stock, especially paper goods and "instant" packaged food items; and many are strictly enforcing limits on items that are scarce and in high demand. Many stores have also cut back their hours to allow for re-stocking.

Many large events, like shows and concerts, have been cancelled. And, in all likelihood, the same is true with other gathering places, like movie theatres, nightclubs, waterparks, dancehalls, churches, bowling alleys, etc. We do not have complete information, so you should definitely do some Googling or call around for information on specific places you hope to visit or events you might be planning to attend in our area.

For more information, please visit the website of the Comal County Health Department.

You are also urged to keep an eye on developments on a state-wide level by visiting the website of the Governor's office.

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