Boater's Paradise

From open water to narrow, steeply walled canyons, Amistad is a great place for boating. The park boundary extends 74 miles up the Rio Grande, 25 miles up the Devils River, and 14 miles up the Pecos River. Protected coves abound, providing superb fishing and ideal camping spots.

Amistad is an international reservoir. The US-Mexico border is marked by buoys that follow the historic channel of the Rio Grande.


Lake Use Passes

Amistad National Recreation Area charges a lake use fee for all watercraft requiring State registration.

Mexican Permits

Information on Mexican permits can be obtained locally from:

  • Amistad Marine at 7348 US Hwy 90 W across from Spur 454 or by phone at 830-775-0878.
  • Three Rivers RV Park at 9670 US Hwy 90 W or by phone at 830-778-2241.

Boat Ramps

The main boat ramps are located at Diablo East, Rough Canyon, Box Canyon, and Southwinds (US Air Force) Marina. Ramps are also available at Blackbrush Point, 277 North, 277 South, Spur 406, Spur 454, and the Pecos River. Depending on lake conditions, these ramps may or may not be open. To find out which boat ramps are currently open, please call the Visitor Center at (830)775-7491.

Commercial Boat Rentals

See a list of current Guides and Rentals

Commercial Fueling Operations

As of March 2, 2020, the U.S. Air Force is selling marine gas to the public at Southwinds Marina. This is the only location on the lake where marine gas is available. Marine gas is available to the public on Sunday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Friday & Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Starting in mid-March 2020, the hours that marine gas will be available for sale are Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Please call Southwinds Marina at (830) 775-7800 if you have any questions.

Water Skiing

Water skiing is permitted at Amistad. There is no commercial skiing available, so you must bring your own boat and skis.

When skiing, please be courteous to all others on the lake and ski safely by staying out of dangerous and shallow areas, and by learning hand signals to communicate with your driver and spotter. Always wear a PFD and never ski under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Avoid fatigue; know when enough is enough and listen to your body. Skiing all day in the hot sun can lead to injuries. It is your responsibility be familiar with boating safety and know all State of Texas rules and regulations.


Contact Rough Canyon Marina to see if rental slips are available.

Southwinds (US Air Force) Marina is available to active and retired military personnel, please call 830-775-7800 for more information.

Last updated: July 15, 2022

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10477 Highway 90 West
Del Rio , TX 78840


(830) 775-7491

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