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    Amistad

    National Recreation Area Texas

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    As of Sunday, March 9, 2014 the Visitor Center will be open seven days of the week from 8 am to 4:30 pm.

Lake Levels

Many boat ramps at Lake Amistad were closed as a result of the historic low lake levels this year. Now that the lake levels are coming up again, the National Park Service is opening boat ramps as lake levels allow and it is safe to launch a boat from the ramp. The Southwinds Marina boat ramp is the first boat ramp that we have been able to open as a result of the rising lake level. We will post the status of the boat ramps on our park web site so you can find out which boat ramps are reopened and available for use.

The lake reached its' lowest point on May 23, 2013 at a level of 1055.88 feet above sea level, which was 61.12 feet below our conservation level. As of Wednesday, August 7, 2013, the lake has come up a total of about 9 feet from that low point. The lake has come up nearly 6 1/2 feet just since July 24, and is continuing to rise nearly 6 inches per day, as a result of Mexico increasing the water release rate from the Luis L. Leon Dam on the Rio Conchos, about 50 miles south of Presidio, Texas. The National Park Service expects the lake to continue to rise at about this rate for at least the next ten days, and perhaps longer. The reservoir in Mexico behind the Luis L. Leon Dam is currently at 130% of conservation level. Amistad Reservoir, on the other hand, is currently at 30% of conservation level.
 

AMISTAD RESERVOIR WEATHER AND LAKE LEVEL CONDITIONS

National Weather Service for current local area weather

National Weather Service River Forecast Center

National Weather Service for current lake level

International Boundary and Water Commission Rio Grande Flow Data

Lake Level Chart (1968 to Present)

As of: Monday April 21, 2014

Elevation (feet)

1,078.37

Current Dam Release (cfs)

6,002



BOAT RAMP STATUS

Diablo East

OPEN

Pecos

OPEN

Rough Canyon

OPEN

Southwinds Marina (USAF)

OPEN

Spur 454

OPEN

Box Canyon

OPEN

Blackbrush Point

CLOSED

277 South

CLOSED

Blackbrush Point High Water

CLOSED

277 North

CLOSED

Rough Canyon High Water

CLOSED

Spur 406

CLOSED

Steamplant

CLOSED



Regular camgrounds-- Rough Canyon-- OPEN

San Pedro-- OPEN

Govornors Landing-- OPEN

Spur 406-- OPEN

Spur 277 North-- OPEN

Group Campgrounds-- Rock Quarry-- OPEN

San Pedro-- OPEN

277 North-- OPEN

Why does the lake level fluctuate?

It is normal for water levels at Amistad Reservoir to fluctuate. The reservoir is a man-made pool created to store water and prevent flooding. From 1992-2002, the reservoir dropped and remained low during an extended drought. A tropical storm system in 2003-2004 brought increased rain to southwest Texas and by 2005, the lake was near the conservation pool level of 1117 feet above mean sea level. Water continues to be released from Amistad Dam to provide for municipal use and irrigation for communities downstream along the Rio Grande.

Did You Know?

The first Southern Transcontinental Railroad

The first Southern Transcontinental Railroad was completed in January 1883 by driving a silver spike into the track at a location on the Rio Grande just upriver from the confluence with the Pecos River. More...