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Lake Levels

Many boat ramps at Lake Amistad were closed as a result of the historic low lake levels in 2013. Now that the lake levels are rising, 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 was the first ramp that we have been able to re-open as a result of the rising lake level. We will post the status of the boat ramps on this page so visitors can find out which boat ramps are open and available for use.

The lake reached its lowest point on May 23, 2013, at a level of 1055.93 feet above mean sea level, which was 61.07 feet below the reservoir's conservation pool level of 1117 feet. One year later on May 23, 2014, the lake is at 1070.79 feet above mean sea level; up 14.86 feet from the historic low.


Weather and Lake Level Conditions

Current Lake Level and Dam Release
as of Sunday, October 19, 2014

Elevation (feet) 1084.04
Current Dam Release (cfs) 812

Links to Current Forecasts and Conditions

National Weather Service for current local area weather

National Weather Service for current lake level

National Weather Service River Forecast Center

International Boundary and Water Commission Rio Grande Flow Data

Historical Data

Lake Level Chart - 1968 to Present PDF (72 KB)

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. By 2005, the lake was near the conservation pool level of 1117 feet above mean sea level.

The International Boundary and Water Commission continues to release water from Amistad Dam to provide for municipal use and irrigation for both US and Mexican communities downstream along the Rio Grande.

Boat Ramp Status

Diablo East Open Rough Canyon (low water) Open
277 North Closed Rough Canyon (high water) Closed
277 South Closed Southwinds Marina (US Air Force) Open
Black Brush (low water) Open Spur 406 Closed
Black Brush (high water) Closed Spur 454 Open
Box Canyon Open Steamplant Closed
Pecos Open


Did You Know?

U.S. Air Force fighter planes over Lake Amistad

Laughlin Air Force Base has a marina and campground on Lake Amistad for active and retired military personnel.