Boating

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 numbered "RG1" to "RG28" that follow the historic channel of the Rio Grande.

All Texas State boating rules and regulations are followed on the reservoir and recreational boating safety is expected. Boaters need to follow the Clean, Drain, Dry guidance to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Our brochure on boating will provide additional information.

 

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 (U.S. 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.

Boat Ramp Status

*** Because of fluctuating lake levels, boat ramp status may change quickly; keep checking this page for updated boat ramp conditions.

As of August 15, 2022, the reservoir hit a new historic low. The water surface was 1,052.48 feet above mean sea level (ams), and the reservoir was 30.3% full. At this time, the lake levels have begun coming up. On November 10, 2022, the lake level was 1,080.26 feet ams and was at 46.5% of capacity.

Please continue to remain vigilant for potential water hazards and--of course--clean, drain, and dry boats and all equipment every time you leave the water.
Boat Ramp Open Closed
Amistad Acres X
Black Brush X
Box Canyon ✓ (partially open)
Diablo East ✓ (partially open)
Pecos River * X
Rough Canyon Marina High Water X
Rough Canyon Marina Low Water
Southwinds
Spur 406 X
Spur 454 High X
Spur 454 Low Closed for construction at the location. X
277 North X
277 South X
* Because of low water, ramp may be used only for launching small, lightweight craft that can be carried to the launch point, like kayaks and canoes.
 

Commercial Boat Rentals

See a list of current Guides and Rentals

 

Marinas

Southwinds Marina

Southwinds (US Air Force) Marina is available to active and retired military personnel. U.S. Air Force does sell 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 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 830-775-7800 for more information.

Rough Canyon Marina

Rough Canyon Rentals, LLC, has a lease with the park and rents boat slips and mooring buoys at the Rough Canyon Marina. They also have a sewage pump-out dock at their facility. They do not sell boat gas, and there are currently no boats available for rent. They are located 23 miles northwest of Del Rio, about seven miles west of U.S. Highway 277 N on Recreation Road #2.

Rough Canyon Rentals LLC

(325) 213-6950
roughcanyonrentals@gmail.com

 

Water Skiing

Water skiing is permitted at Amistad. However, 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.

Last updated: November 10, 2022

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

10477 Highway 90 West
Del Rio , TX 78840

Phone:

(830) 775-7491

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