Lake Amistad, Texas
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Lake Amistad. By Mack Warner
"An oasis in the desert, Amistad National Recreation Area is located on the US portion of the International Amistad Reservoir. Amistad, whose name comes from the Spanish word meaning friendship is best known for excellent water-based recreation, camping, hiking, rock art viewing and its rich cultural history. Amistad is also home to a wide variety of plant and animal life above and below the water." From the National Park Service. Located 150 miles West of San Antonio.
Lake Amistad has over 850 miles of shore line, but only three public marinas with ramps. Since the lake is a Corps of Engineers lake, no private ramps or docks are allowed 40 feet above the pool of the lake. The water, which usually has 25 feet visibility, is great for fishing, skiing, sailing, scuba diving, or just relaxing. There is a $4 fee per day to use the lake. The stickers can be purchased at the ramps in a machine 24 hours a day. A free map of the Amistad National Recreation Area is available from the National Park Service's Amistad Visitor Information Center.
The west side of the lake is best for good winds. If the lake is at pool the railroad bridge is somewhere around 35 feet tall. The highest part is in the middle where the lights are. The Air Force ramp can only be used by DOD personnel. The ramp on Hwy 90 is the best and is called Diablo East. Driving from Del Rio you will pass the National Park office to get a map. By the way, you will be the only sailboat on the lake. Eat at Manuals for dinner, Don Marcelino's for Breakfast, and Salas Better Burgers for lunch.
When the North wind blows, the lake can have some nice waves. If you look at the first video you can see some. This is also in a protected area. When the boat goes out of site we were just getting in open water.
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