Texas Highways, Volume 51 Number 10, October 2004 Page: 27
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"The three rivers of Amistad served as an ancient interstate
highway for hunter-gatherers who passed through. They could
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arch butterfly migration to Mexico,
which occurs in October. (Early in 2004,
Amistad National Recreation Area opened
a new visitor center, 10 miles west of Del
Rio on US 90, featuring new exhibits,
surround-sound video presentations,
and an expanded bookstore.)
Year round, some of Amistad's biggest
fans are anglers-a fact I learned at a fish-
ing tournament during my visit. I eaves-
dropped on the awards ceremony held in
the Lake Amistad Marina parking lot at
Diablo East. In between thank-you's and
Elegant and haunting, petroglyphs from ancient times are rife in the Pecos River area (this one in
Panther Cave, in Seminole Canyon State Park and Historic Site). A great horned owl with a chick,
and an osprey, its next meal secured, number among Amistad's varied fauna.
trophies, fishing-team members bragged
about the lake's bass fishing. Amistad
favorites include smallmouth, striped,
white, and largemouth bass-plus blue,
flathead, and channel catfish.
Farther west on US 90, I also checked
out Governors Landing, one of five lake-
shore campgrounds (and the only one
with drinking water). It is spectacularly sit-
uated on a bluff with a panoramic view of
the lake and the US 90 bridge. From my
elevated spot, I could see several power-
boats towing water-skiers, cutting criss-
cross patterns on the sparkling open water.
Few campers were around, so I ram-
bled cross-country. (There are no estab-
lished trails in Amistad NRA, though
hiking is permitted throughout.) As I
wandered among shrubs and small aca-
cia trees, I stirred up two or three deer
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