On January 1, 2016, a Texas state law concerning the "open-carry" of firearms went into effect. The law allows for the carrying (in plain-view) of firearms in compliance with existing Federal and state firearms regulations.
Although the new law allows for open-carry within the park, the following federal regulations remain unchanged and will continue to be strictly enforced throughout Amistad National Recreation Area.
WILDLIFE IS PROTECTED BY FEDERAL LAW.
This includes: all animals, reptiles, insects, etc...even those that could be perceived as dangerous.
Law enforcement rangers have the right to stop anyone carrying a handgun openly to check for possession of a License to Carry, and rangers will investigate reports of illegal firearms activity.
It is the responsibility of gun owners to have a thorough knowledge and understanding of all applicable Federal and state laws regarding the possession and carry of firearms before bringing them into the park.
Lake and river users need to be aware that the Mexican government considers the possession of firearms or ammunition on the Mexican side of the lake and shoreline a felony. US & TX firearm regulations apply only to the US side of the Rio Grande and out to the deepest part of the center channel.
Visitors are encouraged to report any illegal or suspicious activities to the nearest park ranger or by calling our dispatcher at 830-774-7513.