The Spur 454 Boat Ramp is now open.
Spur 454 Boat Ramps is now open. Off road driving is not permitted anywhere except on designated park roads.
277 North Camp Ground Closed
The 277 North camp ground is now closed due to the low lake levels. Other camp grounds that are in the near area are San Pedro camp ground and the Rough Canyon camp ground.
Shallow crossing at the mouth of the Pecos River
Boaters should use extreme caution when navigating thought the confluence of the Pecos and Rio Grand River a miscalculation could get you stuck on a muddy sand bar. Only small shallow-draft boats can pass thought this part of the river.
Low water levels make new lake hazards for boaters
We ask boaters to use caution while operating their boats on Lake Amistad. As a result of the record low water levels we are experiencing, there will be an increasing number of islands and peninsulas appearing throughout the lake. Even seasoned boaters who were here in 1998 when the lake reached its' record low of 1058.37 (58.63 feet below conservation level) are not entirely prepared for what may be appearing just below the surface of the lake in the coming weeks and months. An example is the old Devils Lake Dam (at Rough Canyon on the Devils River), constructed in 1928, which as of April 22, 2013 was only sixteen feet below the surface of the lake. The roof of the powerhouse for the old Devils Lake Dam was just starting to appear at the surface of the lake as of April 22, 2013.
Regular camgrounds-- Rough Canyon-- OPEN
Group Campgrounds-- Rock Quarry-- 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?
Cenizo (or Purple Sage) is often called "barometer bush" because it blooms shortly after a major rain.