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Current Lake Level and Dam Release

Please visit the NOAA Lake Level website for the current lake level.

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Historical Data

Text Only Description of Lake Level Chart

Graph Description

The graph shows Amistad Reservoir’s water surface elevation from 1968 to September 25, 2017. The vertical axis of the graph shows elevation from 1020 feet (311 meters) to 1150 feet (351 meters) with designations made at every 10 foot interval. The horizontal axis represents the years from 1968 to 2022 with designations made every 2 years.

Elevations demarcated on the graph include: Lowest Outlet at 283.5 meters, Spillway Crest at 1086.4 feet (331 meters), Conservation Pool Elevation at 1117 feet (340.46 meters), Bottom of Spillway Gates at Full Open at 345.64 meters, Top of Flood Control Pool at 347.59 meters, Top of Super Storage Pool at 348.78 meters, Bottom of Spillway Bridge Beams at 349.58 meters, Lowest Known Embankment Settlement Point at 350.79 meters, Bottom of Spillway Bridge at 350.95 meters,

Approximate Water Level Every Two Years:

1968 – 1020 feet

1970 – 1070 feet

1972 – 1100 feet

1974 – 1121 feet

1976 – 1118 feet

1978 – 1112 feet

1980 – 1116 feet

1982 – 1121 feet

1984 – 1115 feet

1986 – 1112 feet

1988 – 1119 feet

1990 – 1115 feet

1992 – 1124 feet

1994 – 1110 feet

1996 – 1075 feet

1998 – 1084 feet

2000 – 1081 feet

2002 – 1067 feet

2004 – 1086 feet

2006 – 1110 feet

2008 – 1109 feet

2010 – 1115 feet

2012 – 1108 feet

2014 – 1082 feet

2016 – 1093 feet

May 29, 2018 – 1087.5 feet

Noted Historic Levels

September 22, 1974 – 1135.66 feet

July 6, 2010 – 1129.86 feet

May 2013, Historic Low, 1055.9 feet

Storage at Conservation (in Thousand Cubic Meters)

1964 – 1980: 4,174,100 TCM

1981 – 1992: 4,173, 900 TCM

1993 – 2004: 3,883,160 TCM

2005 – Present: 4,036,250 TCM

Decreases in water storage capacity due to silt accumulation

Increases in storage capacity, consolidation of silt during drought

Why does the lake level fluctuate?

The reservoir is a man-made pool created to store water and prevent flooding. It is normal for water levels at Amistad Reservoir to fluctuate due to increased rainfall or ongoing drought and greater demand for water downstream along the Rio Grande.

From 1992-2002, the reservoir dropped and remained low during an extended drought. A tropical storm system in 2003-2004 brought increased rain to southwest Texas. By 2005, the lake was near the conservation pool level of 1117 feet above mean sea level.

The reservoir maintained near conservation pool levels into 2011, before beginning to decrease. Historic low lake levels were reached in 2013 due to the most recent period of drought. The International Boundary and Water Commission continues to release water from Amistad Dam to provide for municipal use and irrigation for both US and Mexican communities downstream along the Rio Grande.

Boat Ramp Status

Many boat ramps at Lake Amistad were closed as a result of the historic low lake levels in 2013. Now that the lake levels are rising, the National Park Service is opening boat ramps as lake levels allow and it is safe to launch a boat from the ramp.

The lake reached its historic low on May 23, 2013, at a level of 1055.93 feet above mean sea level, which was 61.07 feet below the reservoir's conservation pool level of 1117 feet. One year later on May 23, 2014, the lake was at 1070.79 feet above mean sea level; up 14.86 feet from the historic low.

To find out which boat ramps are currently open, please call the Visitor Center at (830)775-7491 ext 0.

Last updated: May 31, 2018

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Del Rio, TX 78840

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