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.
Lake Use Passes
Amistad National Recreation Area charges a lake use fee for all watercraft requiring State registration.
Information on Mexican permits can be obtained locally from:
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 is permitted at Amistad. There is no commercial skiing available, so you must bring your own boat and skis.
Contact Rough Canyon Marina to see if rental slips are available.
Last updated: July 15, 2022