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Las Cruces Las Cruces Las Cruces
Southern New MexicoLas Cruces is a charming city nestled between the awe-striking Organ Mountains and the Rio Grande. There are a variety of unique local attractions and historic museums to keep visitors entertained.
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Laredo, Texas Laredo, Texas Laredo, Texas
Southern TexasSavor Laredo’s many colorful flavors, from its rich history to its unique culture where two worlds meet, creating an experience unlike anything else. This southern getaway is the ideal venue for an enticing menu of bargain buys of every kind. Just being in Laredo brings you close to Mexico, but if you desire an even closer look, go no further than San Bernardo Avenue. We look forward to extending a warm "Bienvenido a Laredo" to you.
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El Paso El Paso El Paso
Mexican BorderEl Paso meets not only New Mexico but Old Mexico as well, making it a place rich in culture and history. High mountains cut through the city which gives it a dramatic setting as well as a great offering of very nearby outdoor recreational opportunities such as hiking, rock climbing and mountain biking.
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Matagorda County Matagorda County Matagorda County
Texas Gulf Coast BeachesMidway between Galveston and Corpus Christi, right where the Colorado River meets the sea, Matagorda County lies at a curious confluence of nature and history that goes back nearly 500 years, and it just seems to get better with time.
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Amarillo Amarillo Amarillo
Texas PanhandleFrom Palo Duro Canyon to Historic Route 66 to The American Quarter Horse Museum to the Big Texan Steak Ranch and much, Amarillo has something for everyone. To learn about Amarillo's exciting attractions, history and culture.
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Kerrville Kerrville Kerrville
Hill CountryKerrville's spring-fed creeks make the area a natural paradise filled with opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. In town you'll find friendly locals and exciting things to do, such as visiting museums or shopping unique boutiques.
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Rockport-Fulton Rockport-Fulton Rockport-Fulton
Texas Gulf CoastThe charm of the Texas Coast. We love it here on the Texas Gulf Coast and want you to know and love it too. Rockport-Fulton is a state of mind as much as it is a place.
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Abilene Abilene Abilene
Visit Abilene, the defining city of West Texas, where the frontier spirit is still applied to discovery, development and creativity. Abilene boasts a central location - just 150 miles west of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex - and is home to 120,000 friendly people. Relax, explore and enjoy our mix of western heritage, contemporary culture and traditional values.
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Odessa Odessa Odessa
West TexasOdessa is a vibrant, energetic West Texas city rich in culture and heritage. It offers several museums, attractions, and annual festivals that please residents as well as visitors. If you are looking for a fun, exciting, and different place to visit, then Odessa is the place for you!
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Bay Area Houston Bay Area Houston Bay Area Houston
Bay Area Houston is a charming bayside region that touches more than 35 miles of waterfront. It boasts succulent seafood, unique shopping, a booming boating community and awe-inspiring nature preserves.
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Midland Midland Midland
Feel the Energy in Midland, Texas! Midland is the perfect place to begin your adventure in West Texas. Features several museums, art, planetarium, festivals, & closest airport to Big Bend.
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Cedar Hill Cedar Hill Cedar Hill
Dallas AreaJust 15 minutes from downtown Dallas, and 25 minutes from DFW International Airport, Cedar Hill is Dallas Country's HOTTEST destination for small town charm, with big city choices. From shopping and dining, to sports and outdoors, we have it all!
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Lake Amistad - Orientation

Getting Around, Basic Info,...

Take a minute to look through the information below and get information on the layout of Lake Amistad and the marinas located on the lake.

Overview

Lake Amistad, stretching across the border of two nations, is a glorious spot for anyone who loves water sports, houseboating, and ancient culture. The pictographs of the Panther and Parida Caves are just as much a draw as the smooth waters and the abundant fish. Paddling a kayak is a popular pastime on Lake Amistad, and everything from the large houseboats to the slimmer jet ski can be rented from the marinas.

Marinas

Although there are other launch ramps scattered throughout the shores of Lake Amistad, the main launch ramps (and the most reliable) are at Lake Amistad Marina (at Diablo East), Rough Canyon Marina, and Southwinds (LAFB) Marina, as well as Box Canyon.

Lake Amistad Marina and Rough Canyon Marina, operated by Forever Resorts, rent boats as well as launch them, and also sell bait, snacks, beverages, ice, and fuel . . . even groceries. Southwinds Marina only serves military personnel (active and retired).

Exploring the Lake

Lake Amistad is large, stretching across the border of Mexico and the United States, and houseboats are an efficient way to explore it. Boats from 50' to 59' can be rented from the marinas. Waterskiing and motor-boating are also popular. (You can boat on the Mexican side of the lake, but you'll need to acquire a Mexican permit first.)

Fishing can be done from almost anywhere along the shore (save harbors and beaches) as well as from a boat. Lake Amistad's "big fish" are the Largemouth bass, Smallmouth bass, Striped bass, Channel catfish, and the Black crappie.

If you prefer to take to the water on a kayak or canoe, you'll find a number of excellent routes within canyons and caves. Some of the sites especially explorable by canoe (although also by boat) are kayak are the vertical walls of Box Canyon, the waterfalls of Indian Springs, and the rock art of Parida and Panther Cave.

Panther Cave is the more famous of the two sites. Its rear wall is occupied by an 80 foot panel of ancient motifs, the largest being that 10 foot panther. Parida Cave was heavily looted and graffitied before it could be preserved, but the current site is beautifully cleaned up and still full of significant pictographs. Both can only be reached by boat.

Hikers will have trails, though, such as the Sunrise Trail, but they're also welcome to hike the shoreline and, really, anywhere within the U.S. park they can reach. Birding is another popular activity here. Swing by Spur 454 and 406 to catch Interior least terns in the summer, and watch out, generally, for Black-capped vireo, Golden-cheeked warbler, and Colima warbler, as well as waterfowl and shorebirds.

If you're not a birder and not a boater, swimming is just fine. The summer temperature of the water is about 84 degrees and you can swim absolutely everywhere, save the coves with boat ramps. There are plenty of cliffs, but cliff-diving is really not recommended.

Other Things to Know

Especially if you're hiking or paddling, be sure to bring plenty of water, especially in the summer. Do be aware that Park Rangers can't come get you if you get stranded on the Mexican side of the park.

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Las Cruces Las Cruces Las Cruces
Southern New MexicoLas Cruces is a charming city nestled between the awe-striking Organ Mountains and the Rio Grande. There are a variety of unique local attractions and historic museums to keep visitors entertained.
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Laredo, Texas Laredo, Texas Laredo, Texas
Southern TexasSavor Laredo’s many colorful flavors, from its rich history to its unique culture where two worlds meet, creating an experience unlike anything else. This southern getaway is the ideal venue for an enticing menu of bargain buys of every kind. Just being in Laredo brings you close to Mexico, but if you desire an even closer look, go no further than San Bernardo Avenue. We look forward to extending a warm "Bienvenido a Laredo" to you.
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El Paso El Paso El Paso
Mexican BorderEl Paso meets not only New Mexico but Old Mexico as well, making it a place rich in culture and history. High mountains cut through the city which gives it a dramatic setting as well as a great offering of very nearby outdoor recreational opportunities such as hiking, rock climbing and mountain biking.
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Matagorda County Matagorda County Matagorda County
Texas Gulf Coast BeachesMidway between Galveston and Corpus Christi, right where the Colorado River meets the sea, Matagorda County lies at a curious confluence of nature and history that goes back nearly 500 years, and it just seems to get better with time.
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Amarillo Amarillo Amarillo
Texas PanhandleFrom Palo Duro Canyon to Historic Route 66 to The American Quarter Horse Museum to the Big Texan Steak Ranch and much, Amarillo has something for everyone. To learn about Amarillo's exciting attractions, history and culture.
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Kerrville Kerrville Kerrville
Hill CountryKerrville's spring-fed creeks make the area a natural paradise filled with opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. In town you'll find friendly locals and exciting things to do, such as visiting museums or shopping unique boutiques.
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Rockport-Fulton Rockport-Fulton Rockport-Fulton
Texas Gulf CoastThe charm of the Texas Coast. We love it here on the Texas Gulf Coast and want you to know and love it too. Rockport-Fulton is a state of mind as much as it is a place.
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Abilene Abilene Abilene
Visit Abilene, the defining city of West Texas, where the frontier spirit is still applied to discovery, development and creativity. Abilene boasts a central location - just 150 miles west of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex - and is home to 120,000 friendly people. Relax, explore and enjoy our mix of western heritage, contemporary culture and traditional values.
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Odessa Odessa Odessa
West TexasOdessa is a vibrant, energetic West Texas city rich in culture and heritage. It offers several museums, attractions, and annual festivals that please residents as well as visitors. If you are looking for a fun, exciting, and different place to visit, then Odessa is the place for you!
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Bay Area Houston Bay Area Houston Bay Area Houston
Bay Area Houston is a charming bayside region that touches more than 35 miles of waterfront. It boasts succulent seafood, unique shopping, a booming boating community and awe-inspiring nature preserves.
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Midland Midland Midland
Feel the Energy in Midland, Texas! Midland is the perfect place to begin your adventure in West Texas. Features several museums, art, planetarium, festivals, & closest airport to Big Bend.
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Cedar Hill Cedar Hill Cedar Hill
Dallas AreaJust 15 minutes from downtown Dallas, and 25 minutes from DFW International Airport, Cedar Hill is Dallas Country's HOTTEST destination for small town charm, with big city choices. From shopping and dining, to sports and outdoors, we have it all!
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