Amistad National Recreation Area – Amistad Reservoir in Del Rio, Texas (Val Verde County)

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About the National Recreation Area

Pecos River Bridge, the tallest highway bridge in Texas, located on Amistad Reservoir at the Pecos River | Photo credit: Matthew High

Amistad National Recreation area is located near the Texas-Mexico border in Del Rio. The Amistad Reservoir covers 67,000-acres and includes 540 miles of shoreline on the U.S. side of the border. A portion of the Reservoir extends into Coahuila, Mexico.

While boating, fishing and other water-related activities — such as SCUBA diving, swimming, tubing and waterskiing — are especially popular, numerous outdoor activities are available. Opportunities exist for bicycling, birding, camping, hunting, hiking and picnicking. Wildlife observation is also popular, with opportunities to view javelina, white-tailed deer, and Western diamondback rattlesnake.

Hikers can explore the 2.1-mile Sunrise Trail which connects the park Visitor Center and San Pedro Campground. Two short interpretive nature trails are also available–one is located at the Pecos River Picnic Area, and the other is east of the Diablo East Ranger Station.

Hikers can also hike the lake’s shoreline as well as the park’s Hunt Areas (open to the public year-round, but only used for hunting during scheduled hunting seasons.)

Location

Located on the Rio Grande River and Amistad Reservoir, 12 miles northwest of Del Rio in Val Verde County. A portion of the Reservoir extends into Coahuila, Mexico.

To reach the Visitor Information Center, take Highway 90 West Del Rio and proceed about 5.5 miles west of the National Park Service (NPS) Headquarters to the Visitor Information Center entrance.

Hours

The Visitor Information Center is open 7 days a week year-round (except Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year’s Days) from 8 AM to 4:30 PM.

Fees

Review the fees and permits information from the National Park Service. The Recreation Area does not charge an entrance fee, but other use fees may apply.

Events

Check the Wild Texas Events Calendar for activities scheduled at the park.

Reservations

Campsites area available on a first-come-first-available basis. There are no reservations.

Volunteer Opportunities

Check the park’s volunteer opportunities for detailed information. Volunteers are needed for activities such as visitor services, trail maintenance, construction, office/computer work and some biological work.

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Official Contact Information

The National Recreation Area is managed by the National Park Service.

National Park Service Amistad National Recreation Area – Amistad Reservoir
9685 Highway 90 West
Del Rio, TX 78840

Telephone: (830)775-7491

Alvarado Park Lake in Alvarado, Texas (Johnson County)

About the Park

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Located on 437-acre Alvarado Park Lake, the 7-acre park provides opportunities for picnicking, birding, fishing, swimming, boating, and water sports.

Anglers will have opportunities to catch largemouth bass, channel catfish, white bass, and crappie.

Location

Located two miles southwest of Alvarado, Texas, in Johnson County. Take U.S. Highway 67 and continue three miles east of Interstate 35 West to the park entrance.

Hours

Open 7 days a week year-round from dawn to dusk.

No overnight camping is permitted.

Fees

There is no entrance fee for the park.

Events

Check the Wild Texas Events Calendar for activities scheduled at the park.

Alvarado, Texas Weather


Alvarado, Texas, weather forecast

Official Contact Information

The park is managed by the City of Alvarado.

City of Alvarado Alvarado Park – Alvarado Park Lake
Alvarado, TX 76009
Telephone: (817)790-3351

Alley Creek Park – Lake O’ the Pines in Jefferson, Texas (Marion County)

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About the Park

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Situated on 18,700-acre Lake O’ the Pines, Alley Creek Lake offers opportunities for camping, picnicking, fishing, boating, swimming, water sports, birding, hiking, and wildlife viewing. The park has restrooms with showers, a playground, and a boat ramp with a dock.

Anglers can expect to catch largemouth, spotted, and white bass, crappie, catfish, and sunfish. Birdwatchers may observe bald eagle, as they are a frequent sight in fall and winter, less so in spring and summer.

Location

Alley Creek Park is situated on Lake O’ the Pines in the Piney Woods region of East Texas. The park is accessed just off FM 729 on the east side of the lake, 12 miles north of Jefferson, Texas.

Hours

Open 7 days a week year-round from 6 AM to 10 PM for day use activities.

Fees

A park entrance fee is charged per day–$1.00 per person or $4.00 (max) per vehicle. Campsite and other facility fees are in addition to the park entrance fee.

A boat launch fee of $3 per day is charged for boat access.

Reservations

Reserve Now for campsites or other park facilities.

Events

Check the Wild Texas Events Calendar for activities scheduled at the park.

Jefferson, Texas Weather


Jefferson, Texas, weather forecast

Official Contact Information

The Reservoir and park are managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Alley Creek Park – Lake O’ the Pines
Jefferson, Texas 75657
Telephone: (903)665-2336