• View of Indian Cliffs from the Devils River.

    Amistad

    National Recreation Area Texas

Boating

Boaters Paradise
From open water to narrow, steeply walled canyons, Amistad is a great place for boating. The park boundary extends 74 miles up the Rio Grande, 25 miles up the Devils River and 14 miles up the Pecos River. Protected coves abound, providing superb fishing and ideal camping spots.

Amistad is an international reservoir. The US-Mexico border is marked by buoys that follow the historic channel of the Rio Grande.

 

Lake Use Fees
Amistad National Recreation Area charges a Lake Use Fee for all watercraft requiring State registration. Lake use fees for the US side of the reservoir are:

  • $4 for a 1-day permit (24 hours from time of purchase)
  • $10 for a 3-day permit (72 hours from time of purchase)
  • $40 for an annual permit (one year from the month of purchase)

Senior and Access Pass holders are entitled to a 50% discount on user fees.

Boating permits can be purchased at Amistad Visitor Information Center daily from 8 am to 4:30 pm, or at automated teller machines located at Diablo East, Rough Canyon, and the Pecos boat ramps.

Mexican Permits
For current Mexico boat permit and fishing license information, go to www.conapescasandiego.org or call (619) 233-4324.

Information on Mexican permits can also be obtained locally from:

  • Amistad Marine at 7348 US Hwy 90 W across from Spur 454, or by phone at (830) 775-0878.
  • Anglers Lodge at 8969 US Hwy 90 W between Spur 454 and the Visitor Information Center, or by phone at (830) 775-1586.
  • Three Rivers RV Park at 9670 US Hwy 90 W across from the Visitor Information Center, or by phone at (830) 778-2241.

Launch Ramps
The main launch ramps are located at Diablo East, Rough Canyon, Box Canyon, and Southwinds (US Air Force) Marina. Ramps are also available at Blackbrush Point, 277 North, 277 South, Spur 406, Spur 454 and the Pecos River. Depending on lake conditions, these ramps may or may not be open.

Visit our Current Conditions page for current ramp status.

Commercial Boat Rentals
The following privately owned boat rental outfits are licensed under Commercial Use Authorization permits to operate within the boundaries of Amistad National Recreation Area.

Southwest Lake Resorts (830) 775-8779.

Commercial Fueling Operations

The following privately owned outfits are licensed under Commercial Use Authorization permits to conduct fueling operations within the boundaries of Amistad National Recreation Area.

Southwest Lake Resorts (830) 719-2746

Water Skiing

Water skiing is permitted at Amistad. There is no commercial skiing available, so you must bring your own boat and skis.

When skiing, please be courteous to all others on the lake and ski safely by staying out of dangerous and shallow areas, and by learning hand signals to communicate with your driver and spotter. Always wear a PFD and never ski under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Avoid fatigue; know when enough is enough and listen to your body. Skiing all day in the hot sun can lead to injuries. It is your responsibility be familiar with boating safety and know all State of Texas rules and regulations.

Marinas
Diablo East Marina and Rough Canyon Marina are managed by National Park Service. Boat slip and mooring buoy rentals are available. Visit our Marina page for more information.

Southwinds (US Air Force) Marina is available to active and retired military personnel, (830) 775-7800.

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