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.
Information on Mexican permits can also be obtained at:
Val Verde Paddle Sports www.VVPaddleSports.com
Kathleen Burgess (830)313-2977
The following routes are suggestions only; they are not marked on shore or in the water.
Wind conditions are an important consideration when choosing an area to paddle. Winds typically average 15-20 mph, but 20-30 mph winds are not uncommon. Mostly, winds are from the south or southeast. However, north winds can occur, especially in the fall and winter, but usually do not last more than a day or so.
Important: For all of these trips, be sure to bring plenty of drinking water, a large brimmed hat for shade, sunglasses, a long sleeved shirt and pants. Please be environmentally conscientious and pack out all of your trash. Do not use glass containers. Remember that all things living and nonliving are protected under federal law. Take only pictures, leave only footprints.
Remember- Cell phone coverage is very limited, and if you get stranded on the Mexican side of the reservoir Park Rangers cannot respond for assistance.
See Lake Conditions for current water levels and river flow links.
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Stop underneath the High Bridge and wait for trains to go overhead. This can be an exciting highlight of this trip. Next, paddle a short way up river from the bridge and look to the right for remnants of an old pump house. Here water was pumped up from the river to a water tank used by the old steam engines during the late 1800s. You might be able to see the concrete pilings of the old, rickety steel bridge of the 1890s on either side of the river near the pump house.
If you want to make the trip longer and camp out, the Pecos offers breathtaking scenery up river to Dead Mans Canyon and ultimately to Shumla Bend at the end of the park boundary 14 miles from the confluence of the Rio Grande. It can be done in one day (if you are an experienced paddler), but is best enjoyed when you have several days to explore the beauty the Pecos River offers. The fishing is good, too.
Did You Know?
Monarch butterflies migrate through Amistad National Recreation Area in the fall, often roosting in trees by the thousands. More...