Texas Highways, Volume 51 Number 10, October 2004 Page: 28
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With 350 miles of shoreline, Lake Amistad presents opportunity aplenty for houseboat-rente u
that zigzagged into dense cover. Two
coves away, I saw a large houseboat pt:ll
away from Lake Amistad Marina, which
rents these luxury watercraft. What a
way to explore the countless coves that
line Amistad's 850 miles of shore!
Directly below me, a solitary fisherman
trolled lazily, casting for bass in a steep-
Bank fishing is also popular, especially
where Amistad backs into San Pedr:)
Canyon near the US 277 bridge. That s
where I found an excited local angle-,
Harvey Martinez. Recent rains had left
the lake high enough to fish from the
"Old 277" bridge, an abandoned low-
water concrete crossing. "I've caught 15
white bass in the last hour," he said.
A-ound a bend, Hector Valdes, a life-
long resident of nearby Del Rio, told m
about Amistad's ups and downs. Sitting
in a lawn chair beside his pickup, he bait-
ed a hook with shrimp and cast for cat-
fish. He has seen Amistad's level drop
during drought, and he's seen it overflow
the conservation level (and has a framed
photo at home to prove it). When he was
young, he even fished Lake Walk, a 1930s
hydroelectric reservoir on the Devils
River. Lake Walk's dam and a cluster of
resort homes now rest beneath Amistad's
waters near Rough Canyon Marina.
Rough Canyon Marina is a laid-back
place to buy bait and provisions and to
rent and service motorboats. The marina
sits up-lake from the Rough Canyon
Cliffs, a limestone formation looming
200 feet high or more. As I sipped a soft
drink at one of the marina's covered
picnic tables, myriad birds flitted back
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and forth in the warm autumn air.
Above Rough Canyon Marina, Am-
istad narrows into the Devils River
Canyon. Eight miles of clear water
stretches upriver from the marina to
Indian Springs. Situated between sheer
limestone walls, the canyon offers a
thrilling run for water-skiers or an ex-
hilarating day or overnight trip for
canoeists and kayakers.
Adventurers of the 1850s described
this stretch as pristine and crystal-clear.
Skiers and paddlers find the same today
at Indian Springs, which daily pours
millions of gallons of water from the
cliff into Amistad. (Canoeists and ka-
yakers with more paddle time can put
in at Texas 163, some 24 miles north
of Comstock, and make a multiday
float into Amistad with an overnight
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