Lake Amistad, with 800 miles of shoreline, began filling with water on May 31, 1968, following completion of a dam across the Río Grande. Built as a joint project between the United States and Mexico under an international agreement, the dam for Amistad – the Spanish word for “friendship” – was dedicated by Presidents Richard Nixon and Díaz Ordaz on September 8, 1969. Today, the National Park Service manages Lake Amistad, which is located 12 miles northwest of Del Rio, Texas.
Lake Amistad and its four main “arms” and numerous coves is pleasantly warm nine months of the year. December, January and February temperatures will occasionally fall into the low 30’s Fahrenheit, bring a chill to the water. The lake provides outstanding opportunities for water sports, fishing, limited hunting and general outdoor enjoyment. Ironically, the area now receives about three inches less rain a year than in the past, the result of a microclimate created by the full lake.