Boaters 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. Lake use fees for the US side of the reservoir are:

  • $4 for a 1-day pass (24 hours from time of purchase)
  • $10 for a 3-day pass (72 hours from time of purchase)
  • $50 for an annual pass (one year from the month of purchase)

Senior and Access Pass holders are entitled to a 50% discount on user fees.

Lake Use Passes can be purchased at Amistad Visitor Center daily from 8 am to 4:30 pm, or at automated fee machines located: on the outside of the Diablo East rest room building, outside of the Rough Canyon Visitor Center building, or at the fee station at Box Canyon.

If you purchase an annual lake use pass at one of the automated fee machines, bring the receipt to the Visitor Center to exchange it for the annual lake use sticker. Receipts should be exchanged for a sticker within two weeks. The ink on the receipts is heat sensitive and will fade over time, usually in four months or less, depending on where it is stored.

Annual passes may also be purchased at If you would like your Lake Use Pass mailed to you, please be sure to check the correct box on and enter your proper mailing address. Please allow two weeks for processing and shipping. Once you have paid, you may also bring your receipt to the park Visitor Center to exchange for your annual Lake Use Pass sticker that goes on your boat.

Mexican Permits
For current Mexico boat permit and fishing license information, go to Information on Mexican permits can also 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 across from the Visitor Center, or by phone at 830-778-2241.

Launch Ramps
The main launch 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, 830-775-7800.

Last updated: April 13, 2021

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10477 Highway 90 West
Del Rio , TX 78840



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