If you don't fish, or have a boat, there are plenty of other fun activities. Grab your cameras, binoculars, swimsuits, and fins and have fun!
Viewing Native American Rock Art
Panther Cave, located on the Rio Grande near the Pecos River, is accessible only by boat. 40 minutes west of Amistad Visitor Information Center is Seminole Canyon State Park and Historic Site. Guided walking tours of caves featuring rock art are available Wednesdays through Sundays at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. (morning tours only during summer). The Rock Art Foundation, a non-profit conservation organization, also offers guided tours to regional pictograph sites.
Click here for more information on visiting rock art sites.
Unsupervised swim areas are located at Governors Landing and at Diablo East. Swimming is permitted anywhere except in coves with boat ramps.
Safety First when Swimming!
Picnic By the Lake
There are several hiking trails in the Diablo East area. The shortest of them has interpretive signs about the local flora. The Sunrise Trail begins at the visitor center and ends at Spur 454. The Figueroa Trail is on the old Figueroa Ranch with rolling trails and views of the lake. This trail networks is closed during hunting season. There is also a nature trail and a more advanced hiking trail is at the Pecos River.
See Hiking for more information.
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Amistad's exceptionally clear water makes it an excellent place for scuba diving. A dive cove is located at Diablo East. Pick up a SCUBA Diving Brochure at the visitor center. Use your dive flag, know your safe limits and never dive alone. Don't try scuba diving without training. For more information please read our SCUBA Diving Brochure.
Visit the Bookstore
If you are interested in purchasing a field guide for your outdoor activities, visit the bookstore at the Amistad Visitor Information Center. The bookstore is operated by Big Bend Natural History Association, a non-profit organization which donates portions of the proceeds to Big Bend National Park and Amistad.
Big Bend Natural History Association (BBNHA) has a nice selection of sales items from field guides on numerous subjects, to books on local history and Lower Pecos Rock Art. There are also postcards, videos, children's books, note cards and more!
Attend Our Free Programs
Coffee With A Ranger: From January through March, interpretive talks on various topics are available weekly at 10 a.m. at campgrounds throughout the recreation area. See Schedule of Events or call the Visitor Information Center at (830)775-7491 ext. 3200 for more information. Bring your favorite coffee mug and a camp chair.
Did You Know?
Lake Amistad is a binational reservoir shared by the U.S. and Mexico. The international boundary is marked with buoys up the middle of the Rio Grande channel. The word Amistad is Spanish for the "friendship" between the two countries.